3 little boxes

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Project by robert triplett posted 05-12-2013 05:08 AM 1229 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to make 3 small boxes to be used as urns for a family. Walnut was the wood choice and I picked Cottonwood Burl for the tops. The lids will fit very snugly. They are only 4” x 4” x 3” tall. The Walnut came from Ira (Rustfever) in Modesto. A few soakings of Watco Natural Danish Oil, a few days to dry, and they are in the mail.
I have 20 boxes on my work bench to do final sanding, but I stopped and got these done. It’s not that I dislike sanding or anything!

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

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#1 posted 05-12-2013 05:36 AM

Nice work.

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#2 posted 05-12-2013 08:19 AM

As always, great work and beautiful display of the wood.

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

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#3 posted 05-12-2013 09:15 AM

Nice job,


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#4 posted 05-12-2013 11:13 AM

Nice job on these and I really like that cottonwood burl. Also like the way you fitted and beveled the box and top.

I also like sanding as much as you do!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 05-12-2013 12:05 PM

Beautiful boxes, Robert. I love the tops!!............Jim

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#6 posted 05-12-2013 12:17 PM

These are all nice, done cleanly, and with beautiful wood. Ain’t life grand?

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 05-12-2013 12:39 PM

3 little boxes…........but, 3 very kool boxes

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

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#8 posted 05-12-2013 03:09 PM

Thanks for the comments.
I like doing the tops like this. It actually takes more time than doing hinges. I sneak up on the fit using the table saw. I imagine a dado blade or even using a router would be faster, but I just use whatever blade is on the saw. The beveled edge makes gripping the lid easier.
I was asked about making these in January and then got an email around the first of may asking if I could do them and have them done by the 18th! Lucky for them that i am old, but not toooo slow.

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

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#9 posted 05-12-2013 04:30 PM

Nicely done Robert…the cottonwood burl is a real eye catcher..

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#10 posted 05-12-2013 06:01 PM

Very nice boxes, I really like the wood of the tops.

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#11 posted 05-12-2013 06:40 PM

The boxes are minimal and simplistic in design, but you have made them really stand out with just some subtle elements. I have some flame box elder burl that has been on the shelf for couple years looking for the right use and your box design looks perfect for it.


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#12 posted 05-13-2013 12:47 AM

A beautiful set of urns, Robert. That cottonwood burl is very special. I got mine flattened and sanded today but still haven’t decided what it wants to be!

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

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#13 posted 05-13-2013 12:50 PM

Nice work. I really like the contrast between the light and dark woods.

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#14 posted 05-13-2013 02:20 PM

Great job love the wood.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 05-19-2013 06:37 AM

They are gorgeous mate, thanks for posting.

The Cottonwood really sets them off, I have not heard of Cottonwood before and really love the look.

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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