Arts & Craft box

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Project by Monte Pittman posted 620 days ago 1061 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

More from the beetle pine. Dimensions are 24”x12”x12”.

You can see the pink streak in the top. I would guess about 1 out of 5 or 6 trees I cut i find some of the red or pink streaks. Just a different fungus the beetles carry. Wish I could find more.

Thanks for looking

-- 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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#1 posted 620 days ago

Very nice. I’ve never seen pink like that. I know litte about box-making, but I like the clean lines you use.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#2 posted 620 days ago

Nice job…..really like that pink streak in the wood. How’s the show going?

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

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#3 posted 620 days ago

I like the pink streak too. That’s a pretty big box, maybe it’s really a small chest ?

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#4 posted 619 days ago

Monte, in most ways this is the prettiest box you have made so far. I like the color, the lid technique, and proportions. The pink stripe is really unique. You are developing some great techniques.

To my eye, this style is closer to primitive than Arts and Crafts. Primitive can be its own style, and there is nothing wrong with using it as a style. Primitive has a look, and the nails might be appropriate for that look, but for my taste…make a box half this size, quit using nails, round over some of the interior edges, 45 the tray corners and leave more finger space between the twin trays so you can lift them out.

Of course that is just my take on boxes, and you are completely welcome to yours. You seem to be having fun with what you are doing, and that is the most important part of any shop project. You are a valued member of the LJ community. Thanks for sharing and taking us along on your evolving journey. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 618 days ago

Very nice Monte I like this box very much and the wood choice, pink streak adds a very nice touch, what hinges did you use on this box?

I’m be far a critic and Monte you have a design of your own great products you are making I’d like to add my idea that if you are going to use nails or screws, I would try drilling out a slight sink to hide the nail / screw head in, use a nail set if using nails to drive nail in then use a wood plug from same wood or other just to give it that nice sleek look, you could even fill in the hole with white wood glue then poor over with sawdust from the same wood project smooth it around then sand it clean.

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#6 posted 618 days ago

Really nice work here Monte. I really like this, thanks for the inspiring work!

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#7 posted 617 days ago

You are one busy guy Monte. I like all your builds

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

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#8 posted 617 days ago

Very nice!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#9 posted 617 days ago

very nice work, never have seen this color in pine.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#10 posted 616 days ago

Very nice indeed. I like the trays inside, The proportions are very pleasing to the eye.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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