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Project by gfadvm posted 09-26-2012 12:03 AM 5790 views 3 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine cut up a mulberry tree and gave me the firewood. I have always wanted to build something from this bright yellow wood, so of course a box happened. Dimensions: 12×7x3 3/4”. No glue box joints. Shipwright hinges. Deft semi-gloss rattle can lacquer finish followed by Renissance Wax. Those are my first bowties (walnut would have looked better). I’m keeping this one to see what happens to the color as it ages.

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

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#1 posted 09-26-2012 12:07 AM

Nice one Andy, I like your bow ties. I have got to try those hinges one day.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#2 posted 09-26-2012 12:14 AM

I like it. I haven’t tried bowties yet. I know it’s coming.

Beautiful wood. Gotta get some of that.

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

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#3 posted 09-26-2012 12:22 AM

Very nice. I like the design and how you eased the edges around the bottom.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#4 posted 09-26-2012 12:29 AM

Another nice one Andy.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#5 posted 09-26-2012 12:30 AM

Very cool box, Andy. I like the sapwood and live edge, and alsilo the bowties.

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#6 posted 09-26-2012 12:31 AM

Clean design. The Chamfer/foot effect is terriffic, as is that hinge.

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

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#7 posted 09-26-2012 12:38 AM

great job Andy, the BOWTIE looks great, matches the color of the sapwood.

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

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#8 posted 09-26-2012 01:45 AM

Excellent looking box Andy…The mulberry looks like yellowheart except it has a much nicer grain that yellowheart. You sure have been doing a nice job with the hinges and the finger joints…

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#9 posted 09-26-2012 02:17 AM

Thanks for all the kind comments. Has anyone worked with mulberry? What should I expect as far as color changes? Hedge starts out almost this yellow but darkens very rapidly (within days it is much browner).

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

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#10 posted 09-26-2012 02:49 AM

The dutchman bow ties are just right!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 09-26-2012 03:26 AM

Andy, how nice to see you back in stride again. This is a beautiful box of beautiful wood. The dutchmans are a nice touch. This box is so you and your style. I stole your false foot idea on some of my most recent boxes. Thanks for the idea. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#12 posted 09-26-2012 04:33 AM

Each box, a little different than the last. And each one, a work of art. This one is no different. Very well done Andy.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#13 posted 09-26-2012 08:13 AM

Very nice. I like the way that sap wood and live edge frame the grain pattern on the lid.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#14 posted 09-26-2012 12:09 PM

I really like this on Andy, very nice, also the hinge.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#15 posted 09-26-2012 01:50 PM

Looks gr8 Andy. I have a Mulberry tree at the bottom of my property. That yields a really nice project. Nice grain, and color.

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

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