Wood ID Quiz Box

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Project by gfadvm posted 09-25-2013 07:28 PM 3198 views 6 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I cut down a tree on my pond dam and cut this lumber from it, stickered and dried it, then built this box. Dimensions: 7 1/2×9 x 3 3/4”. Raised panel (done with the tablesaw) lid. Shipwright wooden hinge just under 1/4” thick. Walnut splines. Ipe lid lift. Oak ply bottom. Finished with rubbed on shellac.

Any guesses as to what wood this is?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#1 posted 09-25-2013 07:31 PM

Beech….probably cotton wood since it came from a pond dam in Oklahoma…..or willow

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#2 posted 09-25-2013 07:37 PM

Picture #3 looks like QS sycamore. Willow possibly, but I haven’t seen cottonwood look like that.

Beautiful box however. Really nice job on the hinges.

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

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#3 posted 09-25-2013 07:43 PM

I’m not sure of the wood, but I do know that box is a beauty Andy !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#4 posted 09-25-2013 07:50 PM

That’s a darn nice looking box, Andy!

As far as the wood ID….
I’m no “wood expert”, but I’m pretty sure that is the best wood known to humankind!!!
It can go by many a different name, depending upon locale….
I don’t know the specific “scientific” species name, but in my neck of the woods (pun intended!), it is known as….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 09-25-2013 07:50 PM

Andy that is a nice looking and well crafted box .
As to the type of wood I would guess some type of willow or aspen .
whatever it is it is a very pleasing wood and shows nicely when finished the way you did ..

-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 09-25-2013 07:50 PM

First of all, that’s a beautiful looking box. Another one well made. My guess would be Sycamore or river birch.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 09-25-2013 08:51 PM

Awesome job on the box. Love the contrast of the wood, quality and craftsmanship.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 09-25-2013 09:03 PM

My best guess would be Andywood...other than that I am not sure.
It is one fantastic looking box regardless of whatever kind of wood it is.

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#9 posted 09-25-2013 09:32 PM

its that dam wood again. lol

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#10 posted 09-25-2013 09:34 PM

Andy thats a great looker . love the wrap around wood grain ,got to learn to make those hinges one day they look good on it

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#11 posted 09-25-2013 09:37 PM

I have no idea what type of wood it is but the box sure looks beautiful! Love the hinge! Nice work!

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

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#12 posted 09-25-2013 09:55 PM

Nice box ,I wish I had some of that wood.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#13 posted 09-25-2013 10:24 PM

The bottom sure looks like Oak, and the box looks like Birch to me

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#14 posted 09-25-2013 10:37 PM

Nice work and pattern flow is visually pleasing. I’d like to know what trees grow around your pond or in the area.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 09-25-2013 10:40 PM

Very nice box and the wood is beautiful…love the hinges…excellent job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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