Texas Cedar Elm and Walnut

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Project by Blackie_ posted 10-04-2013 12:39 PM 1944 views 6 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box as one of the barter items as payment for my dentist for his work on an old crown replacement, he wanted something rustic so this is what I came up with, the wood used is Texas Cedar Elm and Walnut for the lid and hinges, the tray is bandsaw made from a scrap piece of alder I had laying around, both woods the walnut and elm, I harvested via chainsaw locally, both trees had been dead for a very long time so wasn’t much drying time needed, measurements are 10” x 6 1/2” x 5” high, it is finished with a single coat of tung oil, a coat of shellac and two coats of wipe on poly in a satin finish with a final coat of paste wax.

Thanks for looking and comments are always enjoyed.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 10-04-2013 12:45 PM

Very handsome! Love the design and the choice of wood! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 10-04-2013 01:00 PM

This is a really nice looking box Randy. I think the more knots, voids and grain contrast makes a box more interesting to look at. Every part looks perfectly placed! Nice build and Nice trade!

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

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#3 posted 10-04-2013 01:10 PM

Your dentist did very well on your barter agreement! Very nicely done design, wood choices and construction.

-- 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 10-04-2013 01:22 PM

Thanks Sheila, Tony and John, once it was done I thought I might have over done it on the knots, he hasn’t gotten it yet so I may display this one for sale and make him another going easy on the knots.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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Jamie Speirs

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#5 posted 10-04-2013 01:24 PM

Randy that is a super box.
You cant beat a good trade even if the Dentist got the better
part of the deal. :)
I did a partition for my Dr in exchange for a wee operation.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#6 posted 10-04-2013 01:43 PM

Very nice. The design elements and choice of woods work well together.

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 10-04-2013 01:46 PM

Nice work. I like the colors of it.

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

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#8 posted 10-04-2013 02:02 PM

Looks just like the Doctor ordered Randy, Rustic… I think he’ll Love it!
Nice Job on the box and those hinges are excellent!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#9 posted 10-04-2013 02:52 PM

You certainly filled the request and I like the way you used lumber that normally would be discarded which is a shame as there is so much beauty in knots etc .
I like the box ,nice and rustic looking but well made .

-- Kiefer 松

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#10 posted 10-04-2013 03:09 PM

There are doctors who will still barter for work? I’m amazed. This is a very fine box. I love the combination of woods. Excellent work!


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#11 posted 10-04-2013 03:26 PM

This is a great looking box.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#12 posted 10-04-2013 03:39 PM

Thanks all, Ratchet, Monte, Mike, Kiefer, Barb and Charles,

Barb not only that but he plans on displaying my work on his counter through the Christmas Holiday along with my business cards, the total bill was around $1200 after Ins I am left to pay out of pocket a little over $600.00 so he optioned to barter with one of my sleds along with a rustic box. :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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Donna Menke

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#13 posted 10-04-2013 05:01 PM

One of your best, Randy- so far. I’m certain your dentist will love it.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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#14 posted 10-04-2013 09:52 PM

Another beautiful box Blackie. It’s both polished and rustic. And I must repeat…I love the wooden hinges! :)


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#15 posted 10-04-2013 10:26 PM

Beautiful box Randy, just like many of your boxes before this one. Smooth straight lines beautifully finished, the bandsaw tray inside and those excellent hinges… nicely done.

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

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