Spalted Maple Band Saw Box

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Project by FloridaArt posted 561 days ago 1028 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

December, 2012—Isn’t wood amazing? So many species; so many variations! This started out as a piece of a log given to me by my neighbor, Sawdust Tom. We think it is spalted maple. But whatever it is, this is an interesting specimen.

A chain saw was used to carve out a rough piece that would conform to the cutting capacity of my band saw. Then the band saw was used for all cuts. The front face is curved to add more visual interest. The knobs are cut from the same wood, and attached with dowels and glue. There are runners on the drawer bottoms to center the drawers within their openings.

After sanding to 220, tung oil was used to make the grain really pop. This box stands about 5.5-inches tall. I really enjoyed making this box. I also enjoy holding it in my hands and inspecting the grain.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#1 posted 561 days ago

Nice box! Nice looking grain too! Good job Art!

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#2 posted 561 days ago

Beautiful wood grain, nicely done.

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#3 posted 561 days ago

Good job. It is beautiful wood.

-- 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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#4 posted 561 days ago

Maple in FL? great looking box.

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#5 posted 561 days ago

Nice box art, really like that look of that wood, very nice grain and color, I’ve never seen maple that dark though, not saying it isn’t just never seen it that dark and color, I’ve seen soft brown maple but it didn’t have that reddish tent.

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#6 posted 560 days ago

Tis a beauty!

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#7 posted 560 days ago

Nice job Art. Very cool how you continued the grain through the pulls. I’ve had some very dark maple like that from a tree that blew down on my daughter’s house (silver maple). Also like the nested hearts.

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

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