Claro Walnut Lid, Cherry Box.

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Project by JeremyMorgan posted 02-28-2013 04:36 AM 1598 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small box that was built as a gift. The wood for it was some small offcuts that I purchased at in Denver at CS Wood. Un-steamed cherry for the box itself and some amazing figured claro walnut for the lid. This was the first time I had worked with cherry and it really is a pleasure. The un-steamed lumber really does have a great color to it.

The box itself has a slight taper to the sides which allows for a thin edge at the top and a nice visual weight. I was trying for decent grain continuity all around the box but was only partially successful.The top just has a simple rabbet cut into the bottom edges to match the box.

I am most pleased with the Walnut for the lid. The story behind the wood is that the owner of CS Wood apparently bought up a large quantity of off-cut blocks of Claro walnut from one of the big gun manufactures about 40 years ago. They have several pallets full of these roughly 2×2x6in blocks that they sell for 5-6$. 40+ yr old, air dried, figured claro walnut. I’ve still got another piece that I need to figure out what to do with.

The finish is simply a couple coats of shellac, sanded between coats. I was pretty pleased with the result of the evenings work.

-- Jeremy Morgan, CO Front Range,

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#1 posted 02-28-2013 01:27 PM

Very nicely done with stunning wood.

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#2 posted 02-28-2013 10:33 PM

Man… did a beautiful job on this box. Simple yet very elegant.

LOVE that walnut top!

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#3 posted 02-28-2013 10:54 PM

Thanks guys. As soon as I cleaned up the surface of that block of walnut I knew it needed to be used in something simple where that figure could stand out. If anyone else is in the Denver area I would recommend picking up a few chunks of this stuff to play with.

-- Jeremy Morgan, CO Front Range,

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#4 posted 12-19-2016 01:00 PM

Jeremy, this box is so beautiful and nicely done,

helluvawreck aka Charles

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