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Loquat Handle, Red Oak Bandsaw Drawer

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Project by Grit posted 09-25-2012 04:43 AM 46588 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is made from three pieces of Red Oak glued together and cut on a bandsaw. I stained the body a Red Mahogany, and the front Ipswich.
I have loquat trees in my yard. One died, so I dried the trunk and milled it. I took one of the burled sections to make the drawer handle. I clamped it to my biscuit cutter and attached it solidly to the drawer.
I wanted it raised, like a small cabinet, so I cut three sections of oak, and made a nice three piece stand for the base.
I am putting a satin finish on it, so it looks just like this.

-- "Be more human."





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#1 posted 09-25-2012 05:52 AM

Grit this is either amazing or a fluck we both made the top daily three and have numbers I have never seen before in a short time and for you having me as your first comment??? What a day LOL

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#2 posted 09-25-2012 11:53 AM

Hmmm, I’ll be honest Grit … I don’t know if I like the live-edge handle or not. I can’t decide if I like it because its so unique and creative, or if I don’t because I think its out of place with the symmetry that makes up the rest of the box.

Its outstanding work, and art is always subjective. I just try to be honest, because I want people honest with me.

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Grit

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#3 posted 09-25-2012 12:44 PM

@Dennis: I don’t understand these numbers. I had 3030 views after about 15 minutes! and 10,000 shortly after that. I wake up and now 40,000+. I think Loquat got peoples attention.

@Zinderin: I had a handle design out of oak that was as symmetrical as the rest of the box. I was going to stain it red mahogany like the body, but my wife took out a piece of drift wood and put it in front. It was too big, but I liked how it popped out. I had milled some loquat, and hadn’t figured out what to do with a lot of it. Cutting the burl out came quickly. Executing the joint was slower.
I really like your comment, because it is honest, and it reflects my own conflicts while building. While good art is always subjective, it needs to take a risk too.

-- "Be more human."

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#4 posted 09-25-2012 02:45 PM

Loquat definitely caught my attention. I really like the end grain, that for me is the unique factor.
Good job!

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Grit

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#5 posted 09-25-2012 03:40 PM

@John,

I made a beautiful spoon out of the loquat as well. It is a very hard wood. I also used part of the trunk as a sculpture.

-- "Be more human."

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#6 posted 09-25-2012 04:46 PM

Very nice use of the assorted woods.

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#7 posted 09-25-2012 05:09 PM

Aaaa, Denis, are you trying to say fluke ?
Grit, great box; not alot of guys here use red oak. I think it is a lovely wood. Unusual tinting, I like it but I do think the handle is a bit gawdy, maybe a bit smaller??

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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Grit

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#8 posted 09-25-2012 07:11 PM

Grumpy,

The handle is actually smaller than it photographs. I had my camera set on micro mode, and it distorted proportion a bit.

When you say, “not a lot of guys here use red oak,” are you referring to lumberjacks, or where you live? I use red oak a lot. I started using it when I moved in this house 13 years ago, and have a lot of scrap. I have been happy with it, however for these boxes, I would prefer maple because of its even surface.

-- "Be more human."

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Grumpymike

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#9 posted 09-25-2012 11:52 PM

I really like red and white oak both; (there have been several comments that I have seen about oak by the guys that use all the exotics. I use alot of oak. (I wish that I could afford some of the exotics they are beautifull).
I understand about the camers angle, seems to happen alot with the newer cameras, mine does it too.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#10 posted 09-26-2012 12:20 AM

Would ya look at that

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gfadvm

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#11 posted 09-26-2012 12:40 AM

I would not have guessed bandsaw box until I saw the end grain on the sides. The corners are so crisp and sharp. I like the burl handle and understand the camera enlarging what is closest to it. Now I’m off to Google ‘Loquat’ as I never heard of it before tonight.

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

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Grit

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#12 posted 09-26-2012 04:42 AM

I think the camera widens almost like a fish eye lens.

@gfadvm: Loquat is a fruit tree. The fruit is extremely juicy and sweet. The seeds look like Brazilian Mahogany with a high gloss. It is rarely sold in stores because the time the fruit is ripe, to the time it rots is a very short time. I live in California, so I get to enjoy this fruit a lot.

The trees are tall and slender, with adult trunks about eight to ten inches thick. I have a row of them in my backyard. They all seeded from the main one, which I had in a coffee can for three years and planted in 1998. It mysteriously died. I left the trunk standing for over a year until the root rotted. I cut the end off, and started milling it, just for fun. Wow, what an exotic wood. It is beautiful.

Perhaps I should the upper trunk, where the tree divided in two. I cut it one side of it, sanded it, and put a poly on it. It is a sculpture in my house.

Long winded, sorry, but thought one of you might be interested.

-- "Be more human."

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#13 posted 09-27-2012 12:23 AM

Post the pic of the loquat sculpture as it sounds interesting.

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

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