Oldwood Boxes

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Project by Bill posted 01-29-2013 03:34 PM 1668 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These three boxes are made from curly spalted maple cut from a tree that fell a long time ago in a friends neighbors back yard. in a couple of years it probably would have been dirt. The wood is very spongyand dificlt to work, but beautiful. Sadly I only have a little left. The top is curly oak

Boxes are 6×6x4ish, and I used kerf hinges on the lid.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 01-29-2013 03:59 PM

What nice boxes and a good save on the wood. Great jobbigogre…!

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#2 posted 01-29-2013 04:25 PM

you can stabilize the punky wood by thinning down polyurethane and pouring it in a large heavy plastic bag then tape the top closed around a shop vac nozzle.
Keep it going on and off until no more bubbles are visible coming from the wood.
Remove the piece, let it cure and it will be as hard as a hookers heart the day after payday.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 01-29-2013 04:31 PM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#4 posted 01-29-2013 04:49 PM

A handsome box for sure and a great save.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 01-29-2013 05:10 PM

Great looking box

Dallas, great line, made my day

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

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#6 posted 01-29-2013 05:26 PM

You do good WORK! Nice save.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 01-29-2013 07:20 PM

Gorgeous spalt. It’s a pain to work but, as you say, it sure looks beautiful !

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

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#8 posted 01-29-2013 07:25 PM

Nice box and beautiful wood.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 01-29-2013 09:35 PM

One word…..Awesome!

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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#10 posted 01-29-2013 11:11 PM

Sweet box! I like the wood grain on this! Nice Work!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#11 posted 01-30-2013 12:51 AM

Very nice wood, but I also like the neat work on the corners. The splines didn’t need to contrast to do their job.
On to the next beautiful piece of wood! You know it will be found.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#12 posted 01-30-2013 02:18 AM

You have come up with amazing wood once again! That curly oak is becoming your trademark (I love it but haven’t seen any around me). The subtle splines were just right for this one. Dallas- Good tip and a great analogy!

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

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#13 posted 01-30-2013 02:40 AM

Terrific choice of wood, great color and grain, nice work.

-- Tom D

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#14 posted 01-30-2013 05:20 AM

Looks perfect with this old wood pattern

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 01-30-2013 01:38 PM

That spalted lumber really talks to ya. Wow!

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

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