Oklahoma Elm Twins

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Project by gfadvm posted 09-17-2012 10:33 PM 1593 views 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I sawed up an elm log from one of my clients pastures and the first slice cupped/warped badly. When I got it flat it was only a 1/2” thick so these boxes resulted. Dimensions: 9 1/2×5x2 3/4”,walnut dovetail splines, finished with Deft semi-gloss rattle can lacquer. Shipwright/Yorkshire Stewart hinges are 3/8” thick with live edge.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#1 posted 09-17-2012 10:40 PM

Fantastic twins Andy.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#2 posted 09-17-2012 10:57 PM

Nicely done Andy. Love those hinges you make.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#3 posted 09-17-2012 11:16 PM

Good job. I like the dovetails and the hinges.

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#4 posted 09-18-2012 12:18 AM

Good job. If not dried enough elm is terrible for twisting all over. Patience is essential.

Beautiful boxes.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 09-18-2012 12:28 AM

very nice boxes Andy, like those live edges

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#6 posted 09-18-2012 12:35 AM

Beautifuly done. Very very nice. They finished out great too !

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 09-18-2012 01:04 AM

Really cool, and very creative. The work is masterful, and the finish came out great.


-- "Be more human."

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#8 posted 09-18-2012 01:17 AM

Nice job Andy. I really like the one with the knot. I hope you have been well lately.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#9 posted 09-18-2012 01:31 AM

beautiful boxs andy, i love the wood, and ill always love those hinges, one of these days im going to break down and make some…glad to see you doing a few boxes, things have not felt right without you doing some…kinda felt like things were off kilter…lol

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 09-18-2012 01:34 AM

You have a knack for producing startling results. Great pair of boxes.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#11 posted 09-18-2012 02:44 AM

Good job on those boxes.

The hinge came out really nice.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 09-18-2012 02:53 AM

Very nice and beautiful grain—great hinges.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#13 posted 09-18-2012 03:27 AM

Did anyone notice the grain continuation from one box top to the next? I thought that made these a pair. I am becoming a big fan of elm as it has some really interesting grain/color. It is a little stringy (like sycamore) to work with but seems easier to finish. Thanks for all the kind words from my fellow woodworkers.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 09-18-2012 03:52 AM

Very great set of twins Andy…it is always a pleasure to see your creations…The first thing I noticed was the continuation of the grain from one box top to the other…I think it means you should definitely not separate the siamese twins.

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#15 posted 09-18-2012 04:00 AM

I love the figure on the elm top boxes, the Dove tails and the live edges.

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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