Trial Run

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Project by Tokolosi posted 01-24-2013 08:44 PM 2288 views 6 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have often seen this style box made on LJ’s and have always wanted to give it a go.

So I made this box. It was intended as a trial. To see how the hinge works, tolerances, what the best joints would be etc. A while back on a jobsite I kicked a cut-off section of what I thought was scaffold plank out of my way. About 9” wide, 6” long and 2” thick. All greyed up and split. But when my boot hit that thing I felt it had weight that no ordinary scaffold plank should have. So I chucked it in my trunk where it stayed for a while. I figured it would make good ‘practise’ wood for this box. I re-sawed it and was so surprised. I think its Walnut based on color and smell. But I have never worked with walnut this dense. And the internal coloring range from black to red and the more familiar walnut brown. Whatever it is its pretty. The lid is zebra and the splines maple.

I think the box came out nice and there are already plans for 4 more along similiar lines. Im just sorry I used that mistery wood on a trial. While it came out nice I did not spend half the time I should on it. I really did not think this through very well (eh…story of my life ;-). And the lid lifter is coming off. I just used a offcutt grabbed from the bin. I am changing it out for maple to match the splines asap.

Que Sera Sera

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#1 posted 01-24-2013 08:49 PM

Nicely done. This is one of my favorite style boxes to build.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#2 posted 01-24-2013 09:12 PM

This is one beautiful box.Great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 01-24-2013 09:12 PM

Yes but you now have a beautiful box instead of a piece of firewood


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 01-24-2013 09:28 PM

Very nice work. That wood is DENSE! Looks great.

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

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#5 posted 01-24-2013 09:45 PM

beautiful box, beautiful color contrast of the wood.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#6 posted 01-24-2013 11:43 PM

Ok, the box is great but I’m having a tough time getting past using a walnut plank for scaffolding. Although it’s pretty dark for walnut. It might be even more exotic than walnut, but I’m looking from my phone. Scaffolding anyone??

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#7 posted 01-25-2013 12:14 AM

looks great, beautiful colors and lines in the box.

-- -Thomas -

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#8 posted 01-25-2013 01:29 AM

Good looking box, too many apologies!

-- How it happened that Mastro Cherry, carpenter, found a piece of wood that wept and laughed like a child.

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#9 posted 01-25-2013 01:47 AM

Greaat looking box. Truly awesome wood.

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

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#10 posted 01-25-2013 02:05 AM

That turned out awfully fancy for a trial run! That “walnut” looks a lot like Ipe (Brazilian walnut) which is extremely hard and heavy but the uniform striping is characteristic of Ipe. I just finished an Ipe/zebrawood box that I’ll post ASAP for comparason.

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

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#11 posted 01-25-2013 02:50 AM


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#12 posted 01-25-2013 03:17 AM

Probably Ipe especially if it came from a scaffold on a job site. Ipe is VERY dense. One of the few woods that actually sink. Often used in marine construction. Very attractive box!

-- Todd

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#13 posted 01-25-2013 04:03 AM

I like the lid lifter the way it is. I was fixated on it and really liking
how it complimented the fine box. LOL

Nice work Tokolosi!

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#14 posted 01-25-2013 01:47 PM

I’ve heard Ipe used for decking. Maybe a deck was being built?
What was used for the hinges? Can’t tell from the pics.

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#15 posted 01-25-2013 01:59 PM

You can call it a “Trial Run”.....
I’m calling it a “Masterpiece”!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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