A box for my wood collection

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Project by GaryK posted 05-01-2008 06:19 AM 7945 views 33 times favorited 72 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a little collection of different types of wood that I have been collecting on and off over the years.

Well, I had some ideas for a new design on a box so I figured that I would test it out by making a box
to store my wood samples.

What you see is Peruvian walnut for the sides with maple accents. The top is the same surrounding a great
book matched piece of canarywood I picked up the last time I was in California. The grid on the inside is
Honduran mahogany.

If anyone is interested I will do a blog on how I constructed the box. The maple accents on the side
has a very interesting technique of construction.

You can’t read all the different types of wood, so here is a list of what I have so far. Any contributions would gladly be accepted and appreciated. Each piece is 1/4” thick, 2” wide by 4” long.

Sugar Maple
Quilted Maple
Yellow Birch
Asian Boxwood
S. American Boxwood
Southern White Oak
Pacific Coast Birch
American Beech
So. Yellow Pine
Northern Red Oak
Pacific Coast Alder

Honduran Mahogany
Santos Mahogany
African Mahogany
Curly Koa
Red Gum
Douglas Fir
Pau Marfim
Peroba Rosa
Swiss Pear

Gabon Ebony
Peruivan Walnut
Black Walnut
Pommele Sapel

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 05-01-2008 06:47 AM

Gary: A great collection. Great looking box.

I might have a few variety’s that you don’t have. Send you your mail address.


-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#2 posted 05-01-2008 06:50 AM

Great box Gary. I’m always interested in the details of construction for boxes so, if you want to post more, I’ll sure read it and enjoy it.

Do the three groupings in your list have a meaning? How did you do the small grid? How many samples do I need to send to get you to alphabatize the wood samples, or is there another logic being used? ;-)


-- Jim

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#3 posted 05-01-2008 07:12 AM

I got lots of different kinds plywood and particle board you can have. I noticed you don’t have that on your list. Just kidding.

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

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#4 posted 05-01-2008 07:19 AM

Awesome box Gary! I didn’t see purpleheart or Giant Sequioa on your list. PM me if you want samples.

-- --Chuck

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#5 posted 05-01-2008 08:38 AM

Very nice box Gary. Would be great to trade a few pieces of Aussie wood but customs might be a bit of a hurdle.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 05-01-2008 08:46 AM

Beautiful Box!! I can’t wait to read your blog on how you constructed the box.

-- - Jim, Carroll, OH

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#7 posted 05-01-2008 10:24 AM

Exquite detail and design on your box. Please do Blog on box. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#8 posted 05-01-2008 11:51 AM


This is simply beautiful. I really appreciate the “engineering” effort that went into this. I particularly like the maple accents in the box and the crisp edge profile. You know that there will be an overwhelming chorus of yea votes on the blog and I am sure you will be deluged with wood offers. I don’t think that any of us have a collection of wood as extensive as Karson’s but I do have some brazillian cherry, cherry, sassafras and coffee tree that aren’t on your list. If you would like me to send you some pieces just let me know.

The empty slots are just begging to be filled. :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#9 posted 05-01-2008 12:46 PM

Gary, what more could I add. I look through the posting SEVERAL times a day looking for some thing else. Well here it is. That, as everyone else has said, is a beautiful box. But mere words can’t describe what it makes me feel when I see something that. I think lumberjocks should give you a prize for “Most successful empowerment posts”. Truly another inspiring project. Young (at heart) woodworkers need to see projects like this to see what is out in the world of woods. I believe lumberjocks needs to add a thesaurus to the page to help describe the emotions, thoughts and words that come to mind. Thanks for another “Ginormous” Project.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#10 posted 05-01-2008 12:55 PM

Dat der is a bee-you-tee-full box, and quite a collection of samples. The detail is fantastic and unique. You have an eye for the uncommon and special in design and execution. Remarkably well done. I guess the real question is, have you used all those woods?

-- Working at Woodworking

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#11 posted 05-01-2008 01:13 PM

Wow! The box alone is awesome. The wood collection is a great idea and a fantastic way to organize it. You have take your craft to a whole new level.

-- Dave _-^-_ Baltimore, MD

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#12 posted 05-01-2008 01:55 PM

That’s awfully close to the best work you have shown us Gary.
I really like the detail.
Please do blog the technique.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#13 posted 05-01-2008 01:56 PM

Gary, this a beautiful piece of work. Also quite a collection. Most of them I have never heard of.
Thanks for posting.

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,

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#14 posted 05-01-2008 02:05 PM

Great job on the box Gary. I would be interesting in reading your blog on it.

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#15 posted 05-01-2008 02:13 PM

Some of us really do have too much time on our hands. <g>

Absolutely beautiful box, Gary! It’s great to have your own identification kit rather than having to rely on photos or the internet.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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