Mothers day Pallet wood project

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Project by Davynurse posted 05-19-2013 07:57 AM 8122 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey fellow LJ’s, this is my first project post and Im pretty happy with the way it turned out. I do have a few questions tho and hope you guys could help me out. First off this is what I made for my wife for mothers day its kind of a spice box/ trinket box, really whatever she wants to use it for. I made this from a pallet I got ahold of, and now the questions. First off I wanted to make sure of the species of wood my guess is cherry but not 100% sure, and also I need some advise Ive been a woodworker for about two years now but just got into using spline keys for my miter joints and in the 4th pic (sorry for the low quality pics) I tried to show off that the miter keys arent identical, for example the top is endgrain on both sides and the bottom one is long grain on one side and endgrain on the other, is there a way to cut the spline stock and insert it so that there is longrain on both sides? Thanks in advance for all your help and support.

-- Arguments with furniture are rarely productive. (Kehlog Albran)

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#1 posted 05-19-2013 10:01 AM

This is yet another great way to use pallets. Great job Davynurse.

-- No tree was harmed in the making of this project...... wait a minute, yes there was, uh oh

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#2 posted 05-19-2013 02:16 PM

Great job! Thanks for posting and welcome to LJ’s.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#3 posted 05-19-2013 02:29 PM

Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 05-19-2013 03:14 PM

when you cut the spline material, I usually just miter, flip the stock and cut another miter, so you end up with a right angle ( 2 45’s and a 90) this way you’ll end up with end grain on both sides of the miter key by sliding the long edge of the key (hypotenuse) into the slot you’ve cut. To do long grain would require joining two long grain edges together in a 45 deg angle, and making it basically useless as a way to keep your box miters tight since it’ll also have the same split right down the middle of the miter of the key. No other way that I can think of to get long grain on both sides. Sorry.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#5 posted 05-19-2013 06:00 PM

Great box, love to recycle wood from pallets

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 05-20-2013 01:05 AM

That looks like white oak to me. A beautiful job of this box. I don’t think there is any way to expose long grain on both edges of your splines without making them 2 piece as Scott described.

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

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#7 posted 05-20-2013 01:55 AM

Great box. Looks oak too me as well.

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

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#8 posted 05-20-2013 01:00 PM

I really appreciate all the advice and thanks.,Oak was my first thought but when it was fresh planed the wood was rather pink, and the endgrain was a very tight pore structure and was almost a salmon color.
Scott- thanks a lot for the tips wasnt sure of the possibilities for the miter keys, ill make better work of it on my latest project, Im building the conterporary clock from the wood whisperer design for a wedding present. Pretty simple design and build but I think its gonna be a perfect wedding present.

-- Arguments with furniture are rarely productive. (Kehlog Albran)

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