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Project by robert triplett posted 04-18-2013 06:19 AM 2261 views 9 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these identical boxes for 3 former students who are now in 4th grade. They are best friends and some of the best students I have known. They come to visit occasionally from down the hall. They have admired my boxes from time to time. I will retire before they graduate from 8th grade, so I made these boxes for them. The mother of one of them is currently an Aide in my classroom. It’s a small town! I used Walnut from Rustfever in Modesto and some Cottonwood Burl that RockB sliced for me on his bandsaw mill. The tray and dividers are Curly Ambrosia Maple and Walnut, except one tray bottom is Camphor from Chico, CA. It was a handy size!! I super glued a small block of Cottonwood burl to the back as a stop for the lid. Watco Danish Oil for a finish. They are about 10” x 8” x 6”. The girls should enjoy these for a long time. They will get them on the last day of school.

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

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#1 posted 04-18-2013 07:07 AM

Very nice Robert these kids are going to love them forever and remember your old azzzzz forever. All kidding aside this is great what you have done for the kids. Hats off to you.

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#2 posted 04-18-2013 07:46 AM

Great gift and boxes. I love knots in wood, to me it shows the character and tells a story of the woods life. Well done. Hard to go wrong with walnut in my book….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 04-18-2013 09:40 AM

Very nice. That cottonwood burl is beautiful.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 04-18-2013 10:25 AM

Beautiful work. I only wish all teachers cared for their students that much.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 04-18-2013 10:41 AM

Great work!

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#6 posted 04-18-2013 12:20 PM

Very nice work.

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#7 posted 04-18-2013 12:43 PM

The best 3-some I’ve seen

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 04-18-2013 12:59 PM

Nice boxes and great gifts!!..........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 04-18-2013 01:13 PM

Love the diagonal grain and contrasting splines. The cottonwood burl needs no mention. It is stellar. Beautiful boxes and very special gift. They are 3 lucky students.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#10 posted 04-18-2013 02:36 PM

Robert, You’ve done it again: combined spectacular wood into absolutely beautiful boxes. That’s the first cottonwood burl I’ve ever seen. It is AMAZING!

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

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#11 posted 04-18-2013 03:44 PM

Nice work and cool gifts.

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#12 posted 04-18-2013 03:55 PM

these are truly beautiful boxes and what an amazing gift for these students! The relationship with our students is the best part of the jobs…you could give me any topic and I would teach it—but it is the time we get to relate with and get to know are students is the most valuable part of the process…

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#13 posted 04-18-2013 10:33 PM

These are amazing. I just made my first insert tray today, I wish I had thought of the way you used your risers on the bottom. Very nice! If one day my boxes are half as good as this, Ill be happy.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#14 posted 04-19-2013 12:24 AM

Thanks for the comments. I do love pretty wood. The Cottonwood Burl was a surprise at a Reno Hardwoods place. $50.00 for a BIG burl. I took it to RockB in Redding and he sliced it on his bandsaw mill. Nice even slices. I have done 7 tops and many more to come. Andy I will send you a PM. I think you are getting good enough to share with you!!!
Box whisperer, I do the bottom insert in a quick way with half cuts?? and glue it to the bottom. It serves to divide the bottom and hold the tray. Soft Maple cuts and sands easily and looks nice.

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

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#15 posted 04-19-2013 02:34 AM

Very beautiful boxes, and great story. I too got a few boxes from a teacher when I was in school, but mine were upside my head. Seriously beautiful burl!

-- mike c

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