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Project by gilbo posted 238 days ago 1201 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bit of a long story so please bear with me. I was helping a friend mill some logs one day. He had a good assortment of seasoned wood, mostly elm and cherry. Then he picked up a section he said was mature apple and I couldn’t believe the planks it produced. When he saw how excited I was about them, he very generously gave them to me in thanks for helping him that day. After racking the planks for another 3 months to season some more, I dressed and matched them. To my amazement, the book-matched boards (shown above) had animal images in them and so I racked them again waiting for the right project.

My mother in law had passed on a year earlier and I had made the funeral urn (I’ll post later as another project)for her ashes. My wife began thinking that since I would probably die before her (not really sure how she seems to know that for a fact, nor do I want to know) she wanted to be sure that she got a urn as nice as her mom’s. Creepy enough for you so far? Anyway, enter the apple wood boards.

I set the animal face (I think it’s a lion, others think it’s a baboon, who knows…it’s an animal) in a black walnut box, framed in the lid and the bottom. I also lined the walls with the apple wood. When I hit some samples with oils or wax the apple had wild colours ranging from bright yellow to chocolate brown as well as medium grey. I created neutral tones in the wood with aniline dye and that calmed down the grain a bit. I also used the apple for the corner keys leaving the original bright colors that most people think is brass. The finish is a simple application of mineral oil, waxes and a lot of hand rubbing.

So that’s the story of the animal box and here’s hoping it’s never put to use, at least while I’m alive.

BTW, if you we’re wondering what I did with the other two boards with a figure that seams to have horns, look over my shoulder in my profile picture. After toning with dye and framing in mahogany, it’s now on the wall in my den.

-- You have all the resources you need, no matter what you may believe.





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kiefer

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#1 posted 238 days ago

Boy I like that box , fantastic figure in that apple wood ,lucky you .
Well the rest of the story I can do without other then you having made a beautiful box and I see a tiger upside down in the second pic .
Very well done my compliments .

-- Kiefer 松

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Gary

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#2 posted 238 days ago

That is absolutely beautiful….inside and out. I’m super impressed

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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hoss12992

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#3 posted 238 days ago

Great job and welcome to LJ

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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doubleDD

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#4 posted 238 days ago

Great story and a amazing looking box. Cool when you find figures of thing in the wood. Glad you saved it.

-- --Dave-- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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Hawaiilad

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#5 posted 238 days ago

Lovely looking box, and a great story to boot…

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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ruddy

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#6 posted 238 days ago

Very nice indeed. Spectacular grain and you have set it off beautifully.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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ken_c

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#7 posted 238 days ago

nice find and use – helping the beauty of nature along – exposing it for what it can be…

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R_Stad

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#8 posted 237 days ago

Great wood, great box, great writing. Thanks.

-- Rod - Oregon

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 237 days ago

I wouldn’t worry about any prediction of when your demise will be. If you happen to read about it in the newspaper some day you can always say that “Reports of my death were greatly exaggerated.”

Nice story with the box and it’s a beautiful box. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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HillbillyShooter

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#10 posted 237 days ago

Great looking wood and very nice box!

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

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Andy

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#11 posted 237 days ago

Cool story and a great looking box!

-- If I can do it, so can you. www.artboxesbyandy.com

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Woodbridge

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#12 posted 237 days ago

beautiful box. I see a lion.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Sanding2day

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#13 posted 237 days ago

Beautiful wood and box. A little morbid making your own containment vessel but suppose now you have that covered exceptionally well… I’m seeing a lion as well, thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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DaddyZ

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#14 posted 237 days ago

Nice Box !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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Dave777

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#15 posted 237 days ago

You sure made that apple shine
Dave

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

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