Black American Cherry

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Project by JohnnyRThrottle posted 01-27-2013 11:44 AM 1548 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I ordered this wood from a lumber yard and when it was delivered I didn’t know if they had the right wood. I thought it would be darker then it was. But after I planed it I found it had a beautiful grain. So I kept it and put it to good use. I made this box for a good friend who wanted something to put personal stuff in. He said he would like a tray so I started to experiment with different designs and came up with this. It was fun making the handle and splitting the tray down the middle. I also used some left over aromatic cedar to trim the tray. I really liked the finished look. I then notched the tray so that it wouldn’t move around and it fit perfectly. There are wood hinges on there but I forgot to take a picture. These other two boxes I made were gifts for my best friends daughter and my good friend Robin. The smaller box is mahogany with a basswood top. My friends daughter loved frogs so I had my friend carve it in the top. The next box was an octogon shape with a Canadian Beaver carved in a basswood top. I’ll post these two in the future when I get more pictures, I gave them to the people before I took more. Thanks for looking, Johnny”R”

-- JohnnyR, England,

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#1 posted 01-27-2013 01:04 PM

Fine grain of the wood, excellent job.

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#2 posted 01-27-2013 01:09 PM

If it’s cherry it will darken eventually. Love the work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 01-27-2013 02:02 PM

The craftsmanship on this box is excellent, very nice build. Not to worry about the cherry, set it in a place where it gets plenty of direct sunlight and it will darken to a beautiful patina. Be sure to rotate it often for even coverage all around, and don’t let small objects lay on it, or their outline will show very quickly.

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#4 posted 01-27-2013 03:41 PM

Beautiful boxes.

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#5 posted 01-27-2013 03:51 PM

Congratulations on all of these. Beautiful work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 01-27-2013 04:25 PM

Super Nice Work on them all, I love the way you made the inside, Very nice work!

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#7 posted 01-27-2013 04:27 PM

Good Job. I agree it does not look like any Black Cherry I have seen.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#8 posted 02-07-2013 02:30 PM

Great Job on the box- finish looks very nice, However, I’m more interested in the box with the castle in the background. please post some closeup photos of that one. It looks really Cool! Thanks for showing them both.

-- Bill Holwig , Livonia Michigan

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