More beautiful figured hickory

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Project by Bill posted 05-08-2013 01:08 PM 2260 views 6 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is made with hickory from the local hardwood supplier. It is very unusual, and saying that it is full of character does not do it justice. It would be better to say that it has attitude. It is very difficult to work with, all of that figure comes from some serious stress build up in the tree. I will post a picture of some of the stress fractures of the cut offs with the next box.

Sorry about the blue cast, took the pictures outside today. Wanted to get these posted in a rush. When its one of the seven nice days in Indiana, you do everything outside.

Box measures 11×13ish and is finished with a base thinned out lacquer and topped with two coats of wipe on poly. The top is curly maple.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 05-08-2013 01:19 PM

That is some beautiful wood and you used it very well.
I appreciate the crisp lines and the fact that you chased the grain around the box.
Nicely done.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#2 posted 05-08-2013 01:36 PM

Yep I agree, it is well beyond “Figured Hickory” This is some mf’n bad butt hickory with a Union Attitude ! Oh, and you’ve turned it into one badass box too ! OK I’m done talking like a N. Fl. Cracker, excuse me please ! do you have more of this m.b.a.Hickory to work with ? Nice, to say the least !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#3 posted 05-08-2013 02:00 PM

Beautiful wood and super box.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 05-08-2013 02:02 PM

You have definately created an heirloom piece, I bet that stays in the family for generations. Great Job!

-- Have answers, need the right questions.

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robert triplett

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#5 posted 05-08-2013 02:10 PM

Another nice box. always like seeing the wood you come up with. AND, the box build is great.

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

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#6 posted 05-08-2013 02:25 PM

bigogre what eye candy, just a remarkable piece of figure wood along with your design this is one beautiful box…BC

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#7 posted 05-08-2013 02:31 PM

Beautiful wood here! Great job.

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 05-08-2013 02:33 PM

Your work always does a beautiful job of displaying the wood. Great job sir.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 05-08-2013 02:36 PM

Fabulous character and a great box!! Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#10 posted 05-08-2013 04:15 PM

Your box is awesome and the wood is awesomer.

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Don W

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#11 posted 05-08-2013 04:21 PM

that wood has some great lines. Great execution.

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#12 posted 05-08-2013 05:01 PM

Really nice box. That wood is stunning

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#13 posted 05-08-2013 05:02 PM

Wonderful, seeing nature worked like that just strikes me with awe. You did a great job showing the beauty in the wood. Looking forward to the next box!

-- -- Measure twice, cut once; why, did the wood grow?

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#14 posted 05-08-2013 08:41 PM

Awesome box. Stunning to be honest. Did you use barrel hinges? I see the mitered relief on the back side of the box, which makes me think you used barrel hinges. Post some photos of the inside of the box if you get a chance, I bet it’s spectacular.

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#15 posted 05-08-2013 08:48 PM

Thanks for sharing this beauty with us : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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