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This box is made of Benge with a top of figured Horse Chestnut. The trim is Ebony. Interior is lined with velvet fabric.
-- Calgary Bill
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#1 posted 02-19-2013 02:26 AM
Very nice. “Horse chestnut” is a new one on me.Guess it’s Google time
-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm
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#2 posted 02-19-2013 02:44 AM
That is a beautiful box. I really like the lid.
I remember that the spiked shells of Horse Chestnuts were a popular weapon when I was a child.
The etymology on Wikipedia is great:The common name “horse-chestnut” (often unhyphenated) is reported as having originated from the erroneous belief that the tree was a kind of chestnut (though in fact only distantly related), together with the observation that eating the fruit cured horses of chest complaints despite this plant being poisonous to horses.
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#3 posted 02-19-2013 03:14 AM
SWEET! Nice wood and nice work.
-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!
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#4 posted 02-19-2013 03:16 AM
Love it. Great job
-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.
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#5 posted 02-19-2013 04:28 PM
Elegant! What is horse-chestnut like to work with?
-- M Clark, Georgia
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#6 posted 02-20-2013 03:15 AM
Bill, nice work. I like the top and sides. I especially appreciate that you took time to build a tray and dividers…Pretty stuff. You might enjoy this link to a tutorial. It is about hinges. and the mortise..
-- Big Al in IN
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#7 posted 02-20-2013 05:16 PM
Gorgeous box! Like the design, the wood is beautiful and the finish.
#8 posted 02-20-2013 06:07 PM
Thanks for all the comments. The horse chestnut was easy to work with, fairly hard wood. I especially enjoy putting together woods that compliment one another. I like the way the benge picks up the dark parts of the horse chestnut top.
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#9 posted 02-22-2013 12:45 AM
I’ve never seen ‘figured’ horse chestnut before. I have used it in past projects but you don’t see it for sale much. I liked the way it carves and finishes. I really like the overall look of your box. Great combination of woods.
-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)
#10 posted 02-22-2013 01:38 AM
This is the first piece of horse chestnut I’ve used. I picked it up about 8 or 9 years ago at the Calgary Woodworking Show and finally found the right place to use it. A fellow from Ontario had cut and milled some lumber and brought it to the show to sell. I also picked up a piece of mulberry and another of honey locust.
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