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Project by kiefer posted 08-20-2013 09:15 PM 2562 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A box with rough sawn texture made from walnut and yellow birch .
A buddy dropped of a carton of yellow birch flooring a while ago and taking a break from my router table /table saw redo took a look what was in that carton .
Found a piece of birds eye and not much else ,scratching my head I got this idea of using the texture that the band saw leaves .
I cut the finish layer of all my flooring before I plane it as it hard on the planer blades and a flooring refinisher told me a while ago that sanding it off is a bad health hazard because of the aluminum oxide in the finish .
The birch is planed down on the back only to about 9/16” and left rough on the outside ,mitred and held together with half round corner blocks as I did not want to use splines which I think would disturb the look The top is made from book matched walnut that is also left with the saw texture and a steam bent handle made some time ago held in place with four square pegs .
The finish is wipe on poly put on with a brush and it brought out some nice colour variations . Simple to make box ,about three hours plus finishing and very little sanding .
This will find it’s place our bathroom to house some stuff that sits on the counter looking messy .

-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 08-20-2013 09:38 PM

W O W ! Another excellent build. Beautiful work.

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

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#2 posted 08-20-2013 09:45 PM

Really like what that handle does for it

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

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#3 posted 08-20-2013 10:42 PM

Great looking top and handle; but, I’m still thinking about the rough sawed sides.

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

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#4 posted 08-20-2013 11:08 PM

Very attractive box. I love the handle!!.................Jim

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

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#5 posted 08-20-2013 11:50 PM

Another stunning box! I like the floating lid look and the handle is great (sort of looks like a amoeba). I think I like the texture but I’m not sure; it might take away too much from the wavy grain pattern. In any case, I hope your bathroom is fancy enough to do justice as a background for the box . . .

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#6 posted 08-20-2013 11:57 PM

It says”Kiefer” all over! Well done!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 08-21-2013 12:12 AM

A very nice make Kiefer, great combo on the timber for contrast, what size is it
Well done:)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 08-21-2013 12:31 AM

Nice design Nice build! As always, your work is superb!

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

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#9 posted 08-21-2013 02:33 AM

Thanks for the comments and I know that the rough sawn look is not to the liking of everyone and also hard to capture in pictures .
I will use this down the road in different variations as it allows to camouflage the wood and giving it a differed look to less attractive woods . Using stain may also be an option and it is all experimentation and a lot of fun .
If we don’t search for different design options and just follow the tried and known where would we be ???

Pete the size is 110”x6”x3 1/4”plus the handle .

-- Kiefer

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#10 posted 08-21-2013 06:00 AM

Nice one. Clean and simple. ....
and it works.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#11 posted 08-21-2013 08:16 AM

Kiefer, the textured look is interesting. I think you are right, it would have attractive applications especially in less prized woods. For some reason, this box and handle has a Scandinavian feel to it when I view it. I have enjoyed your recent experiments in hinges, textures, and forms. Nice to see you still have a sense of play in your shop. It is far too easy to get too serious about what we are doing with wood and to forget about the importance of playing with tools and ideas. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#12 posted 08-21-2013 09:08 AM

Very cool box Kiefer. Great idea about using texture as a design element. I have done that a couple of times myself with repetitive simple carving patterns. I love the handle on this box too. In fact it gave me some ideas (inspiration?). You are becoming a boxmeister.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 08-21-2013 12:11 PM

Now that’s kool. Really like the handle

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#14 posted 08-21-2013 09:56 PM

Outoftheordinary. I like how you think, well done.

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

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#15 posted 08-23-2013 07:13 PM

Beautiful and neat box! Like the unique design especially the handle. Great job!

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