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Project by maplerock posted 08-03-2013 01:08 AM 1809 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While waiting for my son to finish a doctor’s appointment I decided to drive down the street to a flea market. I almost bought a ninja throwing star, and barely passed on a couple of other useless items before I saw a small pile of molding and trim. The longest piece was a board (maple) and upon examination I found it to be a piece of base molding, with a large rounded bead on the bottom. The pattern in the wood was cool… I really like spalted woods (is this one?) and since it was over 6” wide, bought it.

I used the table saw and cut off the routed edge (almost left it on for a unique look.) Then I made a nice big box. 12” x 6” x 5 1/2. I also made a tray for it, and am really satisfied with it. I am able to craft boxes like this pretty well in my workshop (if you want to see where I make these, go to this page:)

As I said, I think this is maple. If I’m wrong, please let me know. The top and splines are walnut. Lots of sanding, Minwax Tung oil, and two coats of wipe on poly.Thanks for looking, I appreciate it!

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

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#1 posted 08-03-2013 01:24 AM

Nice find and great build!

I am going with cherry instead of maple though. You will be able to tell in about a week if you leave it in the sun as cherry will oxidize and maple won’t. The grain pattern as well as the color tends to speak “Cherry” to me though.

Whatever the wood, the box looks superb!


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#2 posted 08-03-2013 01:46 AM

I’m with Bob on this one, it looks like cherry to me too, I would even take a bet on it!
You did well with that find! The box looks great! Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 08-03-2013 02:24 AM

Jerry, great find and great build. Your boxes are really coming along and you have a great eye for the grain in wood. That Walnut has a really deep color to it. Looks like you are getting all the basics down…now about those hinges. I sure have been having fun exchanging ideas and combining skills. Your postings are always a pleasure to see and fun to read. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 08-03-2013 05:35 AM

Another very pretty box Jerry..You collaboration with Al certainly shows. Excellent job and look forward to seeing more…

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#5 posted 08-03-2013 11:24 AM

Very nice indeed!

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#6 posted 08-03-2013 09:07 PM

Nice Box Jerry.

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#7 posted 08-03-2013 09:31 PM

That looks great. Do you round over the corners on the router table? And I’m going to throw in another vote for cherry, un-spalted.

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#8 posted 08-03-2013 11:03 PM

I almost enjoy the finding of great lumber as much as the build. Good find and nice build.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#9 posted 08-03-2013 11:16 PM

Thanks everybody! It is really enjoyable to check in and find that my work has some positive comments!

Kidd… yes, I used a roundover bit on it. The bigger the box, the bigger the roundover. I keep a router set up for big boxes, medium boxes, and small boxes.

John, I do too. I have even gone to auctions hoping to find junk furniture with nice old wood. No joke… a few weeks ago I found a bookshelf (kind of an old pantry) that was beat up and oil stained. I had to leave, but I told my wife to go $25 on it. It sold for $900!!!!! I guess George Washington owned it or something. I was going to tear it down and plane it. Haha.

I’ll defer to you guys for cherry on the wood. I have other cherry pieces, but they don’t look too similar. I am greener than fresh cut poplar when it comes to identifying wood. I will learn, but it’s gonna take a while!

Thanks again to you all!

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

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