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Project by gfadvm posted 04-26-2013 09:07 PM 2216 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 04-26-2013 09:11 PM

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 04-26-2013 09:18 PM

That’s some awesome dunnage. Beautiful box!!

-- Matt, Mississippi

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#3 posted 04-26-2013 09:33 PM

Wonderful! No other way to describe this one.

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

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#4 posted 04-26-2013 10:17 PM

“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 !

-- Eric, central Florida

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#5 posted 04-26-2013 10:18 PM

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.

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#6 posted 04-26-2013 10:20 PM

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 04-26-2013 11:08 PM

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 04-26-2013 11:10 PM

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 04-26-2013 11:17 PM

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 now time to work!!!

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#10 posted 04-26-2013 11:48 PM

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 04-26-2013 11:54 PM

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 procrastination a bad thing?

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#12 posted 04-27-2013 12:01 AM

What a beauty, Andy. Wow!

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

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#13 posted 04-27-2013 12:14 AM

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 04-27-2013 12:22 AM

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 04-27-2013 12:30 AM

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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