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Spalted Chinaberry With A Touch Of Mahogany

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Project by Blackie_ posted 05-11-2013 02:12 AM 1164 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pictured: Another venture into box making without the use of a bandsaw, I used spalted chinaberry to make this box, splines used Mahogany and maple for the lift out tray, the wood came from curbside as it wait to be put into landfill, I just saved it and put it to better use, at first I thought this was a form of Ash without really knowing what kind of wood it was until I got my hands on another true chinaberry tree down on it’s side from high winds I took my chainsaw to it then after getting it home and cutting into it I saw the same characteristic as the log I found on curbside also this wood has a very porous and open grain also easy to work. It measures
9 1/2” x 6” x 5 1/2” and finished with a single coat of tung oil, few coats of wipe on poly and a final coat of paste wax.

Thanks for looking and comments are always enjoyed.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs





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whitebeast88

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#1 posted 05-11-2013 02:44 AM

great looking box,nice job.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 05-11-2013 03:21 AM

I like the color and pattern flow!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#3 posted 05-11-2013 03:57 AM

That looks really nice Randy…a good save on the wood.. It has a nice grain..

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#4 posted 05-11-2013 04:27 AM

Nice grain on that wood

-- Dreaming patterns

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#5 posted 05-11-2013 05:20 AM

Why am I buying wood and you find this beauty on the curb??? Nice box and build. Someone is going to enjoy this box!

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

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Boxguy

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#6 posted 05-11-2013 06:40 AM

Randy, great piece. The wood flow is fine. I really like your work and use of imagination. Thanks for taking us along on your creative journey.

Some casual suggestions to consider. You might find Clock Chain= from Lowe’s more in scale. You may be doing this, but cutting lengths exactly and then undercutting the angle gives a good grain flow around the corners.

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 05-11-2013 10:16 AM

Great looking box there Randy..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#8 posted 05-11-2013 10:31 AM

Nice one Randy. I love that spalted pattern!!

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

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#9 posted 05-11-2013 02:19 PM

Very nicely done and the wood is outstanding.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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gfadvm

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#10 posted 05-11-2013 03:28 PM

Nice job on this one! That chinaberry is cool looking but for some reason we don’t have it here.

Question: Did you cut the top off with the TS or BS? I always have probs doing it on my TS and haven’t tried the BS yet.

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

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Dallas

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#11 posted 05-11-2013 04:29 PM

Looks good Randy! I have some Chinaberry I harvested from a downed limb. Most of it is too thin for a box but I maybe able to dig some out to use.

Andy… I can send you a care package of Chinaberry seeds, LOL.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Blackie_

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#12 posted 05-11-2013 06:15 PM

Thanks everyone.

Dallas Chinaberry drys and splits very fast so might keep that in mind, when building some boxes out of 10” dia limbs I could actually hear the logs cracking while in the shop.

Andy the first box, I used the table saw but have been using the bandsaw since and having great luck with it plus it doesn’t take as wide of a cut thus leaving me a bit more room. I use a fine tooth 3/16th and push it through very slow and steady so as to keep the blade from traveling.

Another thing might want to use your angle finder to make sure the blade is true to the table, that’s another step I do.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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DocSavage45

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#13 posted 05-11-2013 07:33 PM

Andy,

another option? Using a plywood cutting blade with extremely fine teeth to prevent the same problems when cutting plywood? I only use them when looking for a fine rdge as in matching panels on a wall.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Blackie_

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#14 posted 05-11-2013 07:54 PM

Big Al, yes the chain I’m using is the small chain purchased from HD.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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gfadvm

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#15 posted 05-12-2013 01:06 AM

Thanks Randy.

Doc, the cut quality/tearout aren’t my problem.

Think I’ll do the bandsaw next time.

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

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