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First Live Edge Box, Mesquite

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Project by Blackie_ posted 09-24-2013 12:04 AM 1682 views 5 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This all kind of just fell into place, ever since I got my hands on this mesquite I’ve been thinking of ways to put it all together and what better way to display it’s rustic nature but by keeping it natural with the live edge lid, box joint joinery and the wooden hinges to compliment the rustic design, I optioned for a bandsaw tray as they are quick and also offer the rounded corners for retrieving, it was created from a small single scrap piece of Mesquite. Measurements are 9 1/2” x 6” x 5” high. It is finished in a single coat of tung oil and 3 coats of satin wipe on poly with a final coat of paste wax.

Thanks for viewing and comments are always enjoyed and replied too.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-24-2013 12:06 AM

Very nice. you have t barks and sap wood in this one!!

cheers, Jim

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

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Blackie_

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#2 posted 09-24-2013 12:10 AM

Thanks Jim, yea this wood was not purchased, I got this wood via my chainsaw from a nearby town, friends property.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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woodshaver

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#3 posted 09-24-2013 12:46 AM

This is a sweet little box Randy. Like the live edge and the hinges. It’s a smart design and it’s an eye catcher for sure! Nice work!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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BENTWOOD

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#4 posted 09-24-2013 01:01 AM

I really like the front natural edge…and those hinges are COOL!

-- http://www.bentwoodjewelrydesigns.com

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 09-24-2013 01:20 AM

Nice looking work. I always love the live edge.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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DocSavage45

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#6 posted 09-24-2013 01:23 AM

Looks like you are making progress on where you are going. Nice details and I like the perspective in the presentation. This is a nice box with nice details . Your other boxes have moved me more?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Jim Sellers

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#7 posted 09-24-2013 01:59 AM

Great flow and grain patterns. Love the live edge and hinges. I’ll have to give those a try.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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Randy_ATX

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#8 posted 09-24-2013 01:59 AM

Nice work Randy. Your photography looks good too. What I like about this box is that it doesn’t look new. It looks old, like it has been around a long, long time.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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Blackie_

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#9 posted 09-24-2013 02:57 AM

Thanks everyone Tony, Shannon, Monte, Thomas, Jim and Randy for your great comments.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#10 posted 09-24-2013 03:15 AM

Awesome box Randy…you are creating some very nice work and they should sell easily.
Looking forward to seeing photos of your new display.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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grizzman

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#11 posted 09-24-2013 03:16 AM

teriffic box, i love the natural edge, and i really like how your doing the tray on the inside, can you tell me how your doing those, like with a router or what…thanks

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Blackie_

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#12 posted 09-24-2013 04:00 AM

Thanks Greg

Thanks Grizz, the tray is made on the bandsaw then sanded with a spindle sander smooth then hand sanded to sanded to #600 on the inside. Take a scrap block of wood at least 1” thick and cut it to the size you want and also to fit the size of your box, slice two 1/4” from each side and set them aside, remember to allow for the 1/8th” that your bandsaw blade will take out when measuring to the inside of your box, take the block stand it on edge and draw your cut lines, once the inside has been cut out sanded glue the two 1/4” pieces back on to create the tray.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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watermark

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#13 posted 09-24-2013 06:15 AM

Beautiful work love the live edge and those hinges too!

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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Tooch

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#14 posted 09-24-2013 09:40 AM

The hinges are sweet- do you have a step-by-step entry on how to make them? I’ve always wanted to try them but don’t have the courage to go at it alone yet…

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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Blackie_

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#15 posted 09-24-2013 10:37 AM

Thanks Watermark and Tooch

Tooch, do a search on wooden hinges here on lumberjocks, you will find great ideas, I’ve just came into making them myself and still fumbling my way through but I seem to have a good grasp now, these hinges on this box I started with a 1 1/2” wide stock (wood of choice) for 1/2” finger joints, make sure the grain is running the length of the hinge not across you will get blow out when routing the finger joints, I use the MLCS multi-joint system on my router table to make these 1/2” finger joints then cut the hinges to the size in length you are wanting, there’s several variations and designs in making them.

Youtube also have videos on them.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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