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Project by bigogre posted 08-01-2013 02:25 PM 1864 views 11 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was condemned to the fire pit from the very start. The sides are rosewood that I cut from a log and dried in my garage. After a year, the moisture content was down to 7%, so I Prepped the board, book-matching it and mitering the corners for the box. The next day the boards cupped the full length so badly that they would not go together.

After a week of staring at it, I decided to force the issue with several clamps and got it to stay. However, during the clamping process the rosewood, as you might expect, began to argue in the form of crackage. Several hours later, and replacing brute force for finesse, I was able to hide and blend these cracks so that they really are unnoticeable.

I decided I wanted to try my hand at carving the sides of the box, But as I did this, I forgot about the groove on the inside that holds the rail for the shelf. Shaped right into that sucker. Put the box on the shelf for a few months, waiting to see if a solution arose to fix this problem.

Time to clean shop, box in hand, ready to throw it into the burnables pile. (Hot dogs taste so much better cooked over incorrigible projects). When it hit me… bore out the rectangular hole and fill it with powdered coffee and glue. Tried it and it worked! Sanded it up and watched it resuscitate into a beauty, and one of my favorites.

Box is 11×6 x 6 ish, and has a figured maple top, and birdseye maple tray

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973





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bigogre

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#1 posted 08-01-2013 02:27 PM

Picture three on the right side in the middle is the hole that was filled with coffee and glue.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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Sanding2day

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#2 posted 08-01-2013 02:39 PM

So glad this wasn’t used to cook up your dinner… Great looking box, thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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Gibernak

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#3 posted 08-01-2013 03:21 PM

looks really great. I’m getting more and more fascinated by these boxes. what kinda finish did you use?

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Ken90712

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#4 posted 08-01-2013 03:42 PM

Great looking box well done…

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

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Porchfish

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#5 posted 08-01-2013 04:20 PM

I can see why it is one of your favorites…the story line adds to the beauty ! Thanks for sharing !

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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woodshaver

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#6 posted 08-01-2013 04:21 PM

This is one great looking box, so beautiful! Your in the league with the best!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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bigogre

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#7 posted 08-01-2013 04:45 PM

This box is finished with lacquer and waxed and buffed

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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Andy

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#8 posted 08-01-2013 05:40 PM

Nice!!!
Good save too. Thats some great looking wood.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#9 posted 08-01-2013 06:02 PM

You did a great job and I don’t think anyone would ever notice any errors if you didn’t point them out…

-- 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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#10 posted 08-02-2013 12:24 AM

Great looking box, very nicely done!

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

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maplerock

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#11 posted 08-02-2013 12:31 AM

Wow! That box owes you big time. Talk about going above and beyond the call of duty… you certainly did. It’s a great box and a great story!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#12 posted 08-02-2013 01:03 AM

Beautiful looking box, you did a great job, well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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DocSavage45

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#13 posted 08-02-2013 01:46 AM

I wanna be like you when I grow up! Nice save nice project!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Monte Pittman

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#14 posted 08-02-2013 02:15 AM

For me, you’re one of my favorite box makers on this site. Every piece is unique and beautiful. Great job again sir.

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

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Gary

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#15 posted 08-02-2013 02:23 AM

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