Walnut inlayed box

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Project by robscastle posted 338 days ago 954 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Box I made from American Walnut, paid an absolute fortune for the timber in 2011.
A Timber supplier in Brisbane too.

I didn’t know any better at the time until enlightened by degoose in his workshop some time later.

Anyway I thought I had better put it to good use.

It was already thicknessed so all I had to do was build the frame.

I used finger joints cut on the table saw and inlayed the motif using a small router and a trimming knife.
The top and bottom are simply butt jointed to the frame
The inside trays are Silky Oak frames with MDF bottoms lined with red felt.
The hardware comprises of solid brass hinges and stamped metal locks on the front. There is no chain as the hinges hold the lid open at 90 degrees.

After sanding I finished the box with Tung Oil.

Construction details:-
Costs, (from receipts that I could find)

American Walnut $67.00
NQ Silky Oak $39.00
Motif $12.50 (Inlay)
Hinges $16.00
Locks $10.00
Felt $5.00

Time: I estimate about 8 hours part time total.
Total $149.50 not including sundries…wow.
Humm, the things we do not realising the cost occurred
then add the time, and its gets to be a very expensive box!

Try and sell that and make some profit too!

So where do I buy the bulk of my timber now? Wood shows or from Larry or from a recommended supplier from him!

Moral of the story Use the network Master Luke!


-- Regards Robert

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#1 posted 338 days ago

That’s a beautiful box. But 67 bucks for that much walnut???? That makes me want to pack a large suitcase with some figured walnut and hop a plane to Brisbane.

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#2 posted 338 days ago

A familiar story indeed! But… it’s a gem! Keep it or sell it, someone will be happy!

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

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#3 posted 338 days ago

Expensive, but very nice.

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#4 posted 338 days ago

Very nice box Rob, you did a great job on it…well done.

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

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#5 posted 338 days ago

Really nicely done

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#6 posted 338 days ago

Thanks fellow LJs for the encouraging comments.

The cost yep lesson learned there thats for sure!

Same as router bits,... shops sell them for $40 to $60 and if you don’t mind waiting China will sell you one for $14 !!
go figure !!

The box will be yet another one for my Wife, I think I am starting to wear out my welcome with them, so may have to do something different for a change?

-- Regards Robert

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#7 posted 338 days ago

Box enhanced by a beautiful inlay, compliments.

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#8 posted 338 days ago

Nice project. You did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 338 days ago

this is a very well done work

don’t feel to bad
i have some black walnut logs that i was given 15 years ago
that has been drying under my old shop
took it to the mill to see about having it slabbed
they want $60 just to mill the two 8’ sections (8” diam.)
and wont touch the 2-5’ or the 3-3’ ones
and the wood is already mine !

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#10 posted 337 days ago

Beautiful box Rob. I am an inlay fan. I assume the motif is the inlay?

-- 2014 will be a different least for me it will.

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#11 posted 337 days ago

Hello DKV,

You have been very quiet of late !
Nice to hear from you again.

Yes you are correct I typed the info directly from the invoice so Motif is more correctly Inlay

-- Regards Robert

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