'Pink Mesquite' Box

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Project by gfadvm posted 09-27-2012 12:17 AM 4756 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have never kept any of this style boxes for myself so I’m building one from each wood where I milled the logs. This is from Texas hill country mesquite which has a pinkish color. Dimensions: 12×8x4 1/2”. No glue (pinned) box joints. Shipwright hinges with live edge. Deft lacquer finish. I ‘created’ the live edge on the front of the lid as this slab was too wide for the top. This was a first for me but I liked the effect.

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

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#1 posted 09-27-2012 12:19 AM

Super deluxe Andy. Like the no-glue idea. Some super nice fittin box joints and pinned to boot. I likes it a lot.

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

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Eric in Florida.

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#2 posted 09-27-2012 12:37 AM

Another beauty Andy !
Nice work partner.

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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robert triplett

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#3 posted 09-27-2012 12:38 AM

Nice, clean lines. Good color too. I really need to try those hinges. WOW, 2000 views already. You need to quit visiting your post to admire it!!! LOL

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 09-27-2012 12:43 AM

Love the color. I really need to come down an get some mesquite. Workmanship is of course flawless.

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

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#5 posted 09-27-2012 01:16 AM

nice looking box, your live edge turned out great

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

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#6 posted 09-27-2012 01:27 AM

You are my hero! Great looking box. SEriously, I hope when I grow up I can make a box simialr to the one that you posted. Great looking box!

-- Do what you say...Say what you do.

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#7 posted 09-27-2012 01:38 AM

Great looking box, love the hinge.

Wonderful job.

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#8 posted 09-27-2012 02:24 AM

Another fine looking box, Andy!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#9 posted 09-27-2012 02:50 AM

Looks like you got this down!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#10 posted 09-27-2012 03:11 AM

Andy…you have really created the nicest box joint boxes with some outstanding hinges. Now you are creating your own live edges to boot. Very Nice…

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#11 posted 09-27-2012 06:04 AM

Andy, 3500 views…amazing. You are back with a vengeance! It looks like you make tight box joints and then drill a long hole and fit in a dowel. Is that right?

The “live” edge. It looks like you cut a wave pattern with your band saw, 45 with a pattern bit and then texture with a wire wheel. Is that the technique?

I see you have moved away from the faux leg to a true leg.

Congratulations on a well deserved “Top Three” as well. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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Jim Rowe

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#12 posted 09-27-2012 08:04 AM

Beautiful workmanship. A clear favourite!

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

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#13 posted 09-27-2012 12:08 PM

That’s a beautiful box! I love working with mesquite. The senior citizens center where I live has a woodshop for the members to use. They have several members who build boxes. Every few weeks, I take some of the wood I produce that I’m not going to use and donate it to them for making boxes and other items.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#14 posted 09-27-2012 01:01 PM

Very well done Andy. I love that live edge. ‘Me too’ on telling us more about ‘How?’. :)

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

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#15 posted 09-27-2012 01:09 PM

Very wonderful little pink box. I am going to have to learn how to do those finger joints and wooden hinges.
You have earned this top 3 rating. Congratulations and thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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