Madrone Tool Caddy

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Project by Arookar posted 05-11-2013 01:52 PM 2377 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just love madrone.This is a birthday present for my daughter- she loves carving things. Made of madrone and finished with Danish oil sanded in with 400 grit, a light coat of wipe-on poly smoothed afterwords with 600 grit and then wax with 0000 steel wool….all over a period of 2 weeks to let each dry before the next was added. Handle is hand carved, inset onto ends with a mortise on the ends and dados on either side of the handle. Sides have hand carved box joints- just a little proud. Bottom is set into a dado. I glued the box joints and the handle- the bottom has just a dab of glue on one side only. All parts except handle are 3/8” thick material. Final dimensions are 17 1/4” long x 7 1/2” wide x 10 1/4” tall. Note the beer bottle and previous smaller caddy in last pic for scale.

-- The only gift is a portion of thyself. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)

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#1 posted 05-11-2013 02:20 PM

very nice,great build.i like the handle,adds alot of character.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 05-11-2013 03:24 PM

I like the design,great build. And some folks think Madrone is only good for fire wood.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 05-11-2013 04:37 PM

Madrone is a beautiful wood but there is not a lot of nice straight grain. The trees themselves are crooked and wiry and twisty. Also- it grows as undergrowth in Doug Fir forests intended for building materials- and compared to Doug Fir- which is tall and straight with LOTS of usable lumber I guess madrone would be considered a nuisance or weed tree. It does make some great firewood- burns as good or better than oak. And it is very hard- as hard as white oak but more dense and finer grained. Again- I love it because it is unusual and you never know what you are going to get.

-- The only gift is a portion of thyself. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)

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#4 posted 05-11-2013 07:23 PM

I have never worked with madrone but I too like working with unusual species of woods and things I can salvage from the urban forest. I built a pie safe recently out of sweet gum. It was some narly stuff but the outcome was really beautiful. Do you teach at the College of the Redwoods or are you a student?

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#5 posted 05-12-2013 03:38 AM

Dr. Ken- I am a student in their woodworking program.
I love the wood you used in the pie safe! I had never seen sweet gum before. Nice. Sometimes you have to get through the gnarly to get the nice.

-- The only gift is a portion of thyself. -Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)

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#6 posted 05-12-2013 01:19 PM

Well done!! Like the design and the craftsmanship.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 05-16-2013 02:49 PM

Nice work. Love the simple rustic look. Although I wasn’t familiar with Madrone. Thanks to Arookar for bringing us up to speed on this. I made a tool tote, of similar size, for myself out of 3/4 Poplar,thinking it to be one of the lighter in weight hardwoods, but in the end I thought it to be on the heavy side to use everyday, so I turned it into a magazine holder. Next one I make will probably be made from soft pine. Usable tool totes need to be light in weight to start.

-- Two things to think about!..".Be careful what you want ,because you'll probably get it!"... " If you don't know where your going ,you'll probably get there."

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