Trial Run

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Project by Tokolosi posted 584 days ago 2038 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 584 days ago

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

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#2 posted 584 days ago

This is one beautiful box.Great job.

-- Custom furniture

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 584 days ago

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 584 days ago

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 584 days ago

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 584 days ago

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 584 days ago

looks great, beautiful colors and lines in the box.

-- -Thomas -

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#8 posted 584 days ago

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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Monte Pittman

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#9 posted 584 days ago

Greaat looking box. Truly awesome 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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#10 posted 584 days ago

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 584 days ago


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#12 posted 584 days ago

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 584 days ago

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 584 days ago

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 584 days ago

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 procratination a bad thing?

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