Charter Oak

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Project by jbschutz posted 10-27-2012 07:37 PM 1648 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Charter Oak Box.....My brother-in-law gave me some lumber milled from a locally famous Black Oak that died a few years ago and recently fell down. As family legend has it, an old great uncle, who was a bit of a barn-storming pilot, once cheated death by crash-landing his plane in the top of the tree. I love wood with a story!
The box is constructed from wood from that vererable tree. It is approx. 5.5×8 inches, hinged with hidden pins and embellished with black oak leaves with a walnut center vein that serve as a lift and lid stop. (An interesting side bar…the black oak tree has two types of leaves…..sun and shade.) The splines and the tray handle are also walnut. The interior tray rests on side rails and the lining is black suede.

-- jbschutz

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#1 posted 10-27-2012 08:36 PM

Beautiful. I really like the leaf carvings, and the wood combos.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 10-27-2012 08:37 PM

Gorgeous, tasteful box. Love the lift on the tray.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#3 posted 10-27-2012 10:35 PM

Classy as usual my good man, the leafs add a wonderful design element and the story behind the timber adds to the glory of the box. Thanks for sharing…BC

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#4 posted 10-28-2012 01:01 AM

I love wood with a story too!
Truly Fine Work JB, and thanks for sharing it.

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 10-28-2012 01:04 AM

wonderful, love it.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 10-28-2012 01:17 AM

That is a beautiful box and the carved leaves are a perfect complement. (great job carving those). I too love wood with a story. Thanks for sharing the box and its history.

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

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#7 posted 10-28-2012 01:43 AM

Very beautiful box, the carving is fabulous and tasteful, Great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#8 posted 10-28-2012 03:16 AM

Fantastic Job! This is another Saturday of amazing projects.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#9 posted 10-28-2012 03:25 AM

Very nice box, leave carving is really great, well done.

-- Tom D

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#10 posted 10-28-2012 01:56 PM

Very nice job—particularly the oak leaves.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 10-29-2012 02:53 AM

Another fine looking box !
Love the lid edge detail and the leaves are just like the icing on a cake ,
Wonderful story and preservation of a tree of history .

-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 10-29-2012 11:25 PM

John, there are several things to like about your most recent project. First nice pictures and great story about the wood. Your leaves are a great look and I like the idea of them peeking across the top of the box to serve as a lift. The lift that extends above the tray is a nice idea. Do you have trouble negotiating the tray out of the box or is it narrow enough to pull it straight out and avoid the bottom lip of the lid? Great look and build. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#13 posted 10-30-2012 11:59 AM

Nice box, something for me to aspire to. I like the way the grain is slanted in the leaves.

If you want to try something new one time- let the corner splines become the ledge for the inside tray. Make the splines much deeper than you normally would, they will of course stick into the inside of the box.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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