An heirloom box

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Project by Bill posted 11-04-2012 07:40 PM 2598 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got a call last week from someone who told me that he is dying, and wanted a plain box for some of his treasures to be stored in to give to his son. He also said that he wanted a plain box, nothing fancy. I don’t do plain well, and the size… 12×16… allowed me to try out an idea for the lid. Definitely going to do that again. The sides are mineral stained poplar, and the lid is spalted curly maple with a walnut/maple racing stripe. He was thrilled with it, and I hope his son likes it too. hope you enjoy.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 11-04-2012 08:09 PM

Fantastic work. I am certain his son will consider the box, as well as the items handed down to him a complete treasure.

Both the lid and the sides are extraordinary.


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#2 posted 11-04-2012 08:30 PM

I am sure that the box you made will be treasured as much as the treasures it holds. Beautiful work.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#3 posted 11-04-2012 09:21 PM

Beautiful, but really tough build. Beautiful work, you added some grace to the situation.

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

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#4 posted 11-04-2012 10:14 PM

A sad situation for the customer but hopefully this beautiful box lifted his spirits.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 11-04-2012 11:44 PM

You do sign your work? Heirloom piece.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 11-05-2012 08:54 PM

BO, I especially like your first photo with the cornfield in the background. The photo goes well with both the look and purpose of the box. Why does the racing stripe not show through on the inside? How many layers are in the top?

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 11-10-2012 10:41 PM

The sides are mineral stained poplar? Got a formula ? It’s sure can’t be described as plain….. Great job. Don

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#8 posted 11-12-2012 03:54 PM

Thanks Bill,
I didn’t know mineral stained poplar was a naturally occurring event. I thought it was something like fuming. Sure makes a stunning box.


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