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Project by gfadvm posted 459 days ago 1690 views 7 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My buddy Kenny left me some railroad dunnage after I helped him with his retirement box project so I just had to cut into it and see what I found! I also had been wanting to try Von Hagan’s raised panels on the tablesaw so this box happened. Dimensions:14×8 x 3 5/8”. Walnut splines. Ipe’ handle. Shipwright style wooden hinge. Finished with rubbed on shellac. The sides are glued up bookmatched quarter sawn dunnage with the grain wrapped around all 4 corners (a first for me). I tried to grain match the hinge as well. Another fun build until I got to the hinge (six hours later it decided to be a good hinge!)

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

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#1 posted 459 days ago

Everyone always want a pic of the inside so here it is!

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

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#2 posted 459 days ago

That’s some awesome dunnage. Beautiful box!!

-- Matt, Mississippi

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#3 posted 459 days ago

Wonderful! No other way to describe this one.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#4 posted 459 days ago

“bookmatched quarter sawn dunnage”
Now there’s a term you don’t hear every day ! haha
Another Andy masterpiece !
That old rail-road dunnage is sure lucky you came along Andy !
Beautiful work !

-- Having fun...Eric

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#5 posted 459 days ago

Not only do I love the box, the photography is excellent on it. I am not very good at those hinges yet.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#6 posted 459 days ago

gfadvm, very cool box, but I’m at a loss as to what railroad dunnage is. Are they just railroad ties?

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#7 posted 459 days ago

Beautiful box, looks wider than your signature style, excellent work.
Oh yeah, what is dunnage?

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#8 posted 459 days ago

Andy, this is masterful. I especially like the proportions and the legs in this design. I too saw the video on the raised panel. It does seem to work well in this design.

As always, you get the most beauty out of the wood you have. I like the four corner match idea on this box. It only works if you start in the middle of the book-match when you lay out the sides. Thanks for the inside look…though I was expecting dividers.

This is a really beautiful box…a work of art. It is one of your best ever. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 459 days ago

Nice work, Andy. I have to agree you do get a lot out of the wood you use. I will have to try this bookmatch design with some scrap redwood burl with sapwood and heart wood. thanks for posting.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#10 posted 458 days ago

The box is elegant, the wood makes it so. And your construction ain’t to shabby either

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 458 days ago

WOW! Awesome, fantastic, spectacular, beautiful…...

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#12 posted 458 days ago

What a beauty, Andy. Wow!

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

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#13 posted 458 days ago

Just plain gorgeous, Andy.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#14 posted 458 days ago

Love the new design and the wrap around grain…......sweet! Good to hear that you conquered the hinge! That grain pattern on the front is pretty wild…....good one Andy….

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#15 posted 458 days ago

Thanks for all the kind comments.

Dunnage is NOT railroad ties! They are nasty. Maybe Kenny will weigh in with the specific usage of dunnage. I think it is used to brace loads but not certain.

Thanks Monte. I have an OLD, CHEAP Canon camera. I just throw a black sheet over one of my tall chairs to shade/surround the piece to be photographed.

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

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