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Project by Monte Pittman posted 11-08-2012 06:01 PM 2303 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I get very little black walnut. So for those of you offended by my leaving some sapwood on here , it was a small tree so I was trying to stretch it as far as i can. I do like the contrast though. The lids are old oak with with black walnut hinges. The inner trays are old poplar.

Missing hinge pins yet, as I failed to have brass rod on hand in the shop.

They are 12” wide, 8” deep and about 6” tall.

Thanks for looking

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 11-08-2012 06:43 PM

nope monte, sap wood with walnut is good, glad to see you got some, was wondering if you were going to get any or not, does walnut even grow in your state…it does grow here but they dont get real large in diameter, but do get pretty tall, ive got quite a few here close to me, i think it will only take one to give me all the walnut i would need, ill tell you what, if i cut one down, you come to visit and ill share some with ya…not sure when that will happen…but if you come i would make it worth your trip…until then , keep cutting that oak…

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#2 posted 11-08-2012 07:29 PM

Nice boxes Monte

The sapwood looks neat


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#3 posted 11-08-2012 08:10 PM

Nice boxes, and sap wood is wood. Right? These look nice with the natural edges. I tried to see how you did the hinges, but you kept them well hidden.

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#4 posted 11-08-2012 08:50 PM

Very Nice Monte!! Very nice!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#5 posted 11-08-2012 09:15 PM

Very interesting looking boxes. I like the roughness of them.

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#6 posted 11-08-2012 09:39 PM

Good job..any wood box is a good wood box!

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#7 posted 11-09-2012 01:48 AM

I like the sap wood. It’s part of what makes walnut beautiful. I drive my lumber guy crazy. He shows me these uniform colored straight grain boards and I am like “so where is you burn pile?” LOL

I get some of the prettiest pieces that way.

Back to your boxes, I really like them. This live edge lids are great and the sap is so white. Great job. I am going to add it to my favorites and get you that extra vote.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#8 posted 11-09-2012 03:23 AM

Monte, They look good. Hope the shows are going well for you. I have a 3 week break before our next one.


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

Those are some very nice boxes Monte. I use the sapwood all the time. Looks great.

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#10 posted 11-09-2012 04:25 AM

I think the sapwood is a nice touch, especially when it has not been steamed and is nice and white like yours.

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#11 posted 11-09-2012 05:30 AM

I love the rustic look. They could have been made a long time ago and I don’t mind the sapwood at all!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#12 posted 11-09-2012 01:24 PM

Congrats on the Top 3 thingy! In a pinch I use clothes hanger wire for hinge pins (3/32” drill hole, I think).

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

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#13 posted 11-09-2012 01:50 PM

I like the natural color of the wood. Very extra ordinary. You deserve to be in the daily top 3. Keep it going.

-- Bert

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#14 posted 11-09-2012 01:53 PM

Good luck on your sale. a very unique style.

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#15 posted 11-09-2012 02:01 PM

Looks great monte, I like the sap wood.

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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