Oak Retirement Box

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Project by robert triplett posted 421 days ago 997 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I seldom use Oak. There are too many other interesting woods. BUT, I was answering a Craigslist ad and the guy said he had some Oak shorts that I could have for $10.00 if I just hauled them off. I’m thinking firewood if nothing else. The other wood he had were old slabs that did not interest me. The Oak was Valley Oak from the CA Central Valley. He had over 100 of these between 12” and 40”, 1×6. About half was figured. I decided to help him out and haul it away- to my new wood shed! He also threw in some Osage Orange and some Walnut. I gave away about half of the Oak that was much plainer. This is the first box I have made with the wood. One of our Teachers is retiring and I was asked to make a Memory box. People put cards in with a favorite memory of their time with this Teacher. The box is about 7” x 5.5” x 5” and finished with Watco Danish Oil. I made a lift off lid with some Spalted Black Oak. I beveled the edges to make it easier to grip- for an OLD person. She is 3 months older than me. Not anything special in the construction, but the Oak is very nice. My wife likes the first side shown. I like the side with the crotch figure. I put her choice first. I had an empty photo space left, so here is one picture of a new guitar cutting board. Bookmatched Tiger Maple with a core of Jotoba and a neck of Walnut and Maple strings. 1 and 1/2” thick. The body is about 14” x 16”. Mineral Oil and Wax for a finish. Now to find a musician at next week’s show who has a lot of $$$.

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

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#1 posted 421 days ago

That’s some beautiful wood. I bet that teacher will highly appreciate the gift.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 421 days ago

Great find on that woos. If you don’t want the osage orange, I’ll take it!!!

Why do you call it a retirement box?...............................Jim

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

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#3 posted 421 days ago

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#4 posted 421 days ago

What a beautiful piece of lumber.
I am not a big fan of oak either, but hey, this is different.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 421 days ago

That is some beautiful wood and a very nice box and retirement gift.. I cannot understand how anyone cannot like oak. To me it is a beautiful wood and like any wood… you can find some beautiful pieces and some not so nice pieces. I use to have a lot of old quarter sawn antique oak pieces of furniture and they were my favorites.

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#6 posted 421 days ago

Very nice work you did for this gift. The guitar is a sure seller! Nice job.

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

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#7 posted 421 days ago

Very nice Robert and that oak looks awesome.

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#8 posted 421 days ago

nice looking box. That is beautiful oak.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 421 days ago

I agree that flatsawn red oak is a little boring, but this oak is awesome!

Pretty fancy cutting board. Hope you find that wealthy guitar player who needs it!

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

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#10 posted 421 days ago

Wow! What a score on the wood! Great looking box!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#11 posted 421 days ago

I love finding wood that is awesome. Great job bringing out its beauty.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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robert triplett

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#12 posted 421 days ago

I thank all of you for your appreciation of beautiful wood. As I look at the pile of Oak, I wonder what else it will become. The grain is so tight I can see some in a cutting board. Of course this is California Oak. Who knows what IT wants to be!!

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

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#13 posted 421 days ago

Great oak and very special box

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

#14 posted 420 days ago


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#15 posted 420 days ago

Careful there Robert, it sounds like you are talking to your woodpile again and if word gets out about that they are going to think you are dangerous. Next thing you know they will have the nets and straight jackets out.

I love quarter sawn oak. Oak is the wood that made civilization possible. From oak we built homes, ships, and furniture. This particular piece is especially lovely. Nice job here. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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