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Project by JoeyG posted 702 days ago 1043 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was commissioned as a gift for a wine lover. I was given complete creative freedom with this one. I knew I wanted something that highlighted the wine it would house, but not compete with it. I decide early on to use Cherry since it has such a elegant beauty to it. As I was trying to figure out what to do for the lid I happened to spot a piece of Box Elder I had in the lumber bin. I pulled it out and it looked like someone had spilt wine all over it. After that it was just a matter of the little details. Once again a lift just didn’t work so I went with the finger ”???” space. What every you call that little indention. I have foam on order to mold to the bottle shape, then I will cover it with a burgundy fabric.

The box is large enough to hold two bottle of wine and is meant to sit on a table as a display. At first I had thought to make it portable, but every way I tried to think to add a lock and carrying handle just took away from the box.

As always, it’s finished in Polycrylic. I may go back and buff with wax before my client comes to pick it up, just to add a little more depth to the finish.

Thanks for taking a look. Let me know what you think.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 702 days ago

Very nice job.the box elder was a nice touch.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 702 days ago

Thanks Monte, it gave me a good name also. LOL

-- JoeyG ~~~

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 702 days ago

I love it!!..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 702 days ago

Bloody good one!

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#5 posted 702 days ago

Very good choice of woods to use – great job!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#6 posted 702 days ago

Using the box elder for the splines pulled this together very nicely.
Well done

-- "Imagination is more important than knowledge" Bibb in CO at

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#7 posted 702 days ago

Nice box, Joey! It’s amazing how the box elder DOES look like you spilled wine on it and tried to wipe it off. This one will look amazing after buffing.

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#8 posted 702 days ago

Oh yes. That’s a beauty! I’m sure they’ll appreciate the box, just as much as the wine.

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

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#9 posted 702 days ago

Joey, What a beautiful work of art, the Boxelder is absolutely awesome!!! I really like the rounded corners & the Boxelder splines, realy makes this one pop….. In Minnesota most folks will not even use Boxelder for firewood, this is certainly a great alternitive to letting it rot or throwing in the burn pile, I will have to see if I can find some. How about photos of the inside when completed….Thanks.
P.S. Speaking of boxelder, I have about 2 million Boxelder Bugs on the south side of my Body Shop today only 55 degrees 10:45 A.M….................Jack

-- Jack R. Ellis

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#10 posted 702 days ago

@ Jack. Once I get the inside completed I will add the pics here in the comments. I have a local guy who mills box elder for his scrolling clients. I thought it looked really cool and grabbed a board. Now that I have worked with it, I will be getting more. It does have a strange smell. Just this side of stink. LOL. That’s the ambrosia beetle correct? I believe the same bug does the same thing to maple. I’ll have to research that a bit to make sure.

@ everyone. Thanks for the kind words.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#11 posted 702 days ago

Another nice box Joey a lot of character with the top …The box elder is a really pretty wood. I have never seen any around here in Louisiana.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

#12 posted 702 days ago

Very nice box lov the top

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#13 posted 702 days ago

Awesome Job!! Love the Box Elder gorgeous red color!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#14 posted 702 days ago

Brilliant wood choice! It’s a beautiful box.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#15 posted 702 days ago

In my opinion, that is the prettiest box I have ever seen. This is your best as far as I am concerned. A fine job of design, wood choice and finish. The finger space for the lid lift is genius and fits just right.

Joey, this is a great box and your client is gonna be ecstatic!

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

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