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Project by JayG46 posted 345 days ago 945 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Pardon the lame pun, but I couldn’t help taking the low-hanging fruit.

I made the sides of this box out of a 3×3x~12 piece of crotch walnut that I bought out of the scrap pile at West Penn Hardwoods for 75 cents/lb when I visited there in May. (Sidenote: If you are ever near Olean, NY, I would highly recommend stopping by because the volume of exotic and upscale domestic wood is rather mind-blowing and they have a cutoff bin that you can pick through for small project fodder. Domestics are 75 cents/lb and exotics are $1.50/lb)

Anyway, I resawed the piece at about 1/2” and got three pretty stable sides despite a large knot running diagonally through it. The fourth slice came out intact but a gently push against the knot dislodged it. The way it broke free gave me an idea.

The thought was to place a small hinge on the back of the knot and have that provide access to open the box. In order for this to work, the lid would have to be difficult to remove normally and unfortunately I didn’t quite succeed in that goal – it opens quite readily no matter where you grab it.

In hindsight, I should have tried to make the 45 degree cut on top meet the outside edge of the walnut side, thereby only presenting a negative slope for fingers to grasp onto. This was a fairly unique piece in the way the knot was shaped, but I have a very similar cut off (also from West Penn) that I might retry it on at some point. Meanwhile, this box is heading north to my sister for her birthday.

The top is curly maple with a small bark patch and the bottom is 1/4” cocobolo. Finished with danish oil wet sanded at 1000 grit. Joints are held together with CA glue, which is increasingly becoming my adhesive of choice for assembly. There should have been maple splines too but I ran short on time.

Thanks for checking it out.

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL www.swallowtailwoodcraft.com "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi





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#1 posted 345 days ago

Cool idea!

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