Tigerwood box

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Project by jasondain posted 10-17-2013 07:11 PM 1574 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to build a box for ashes for a friends dog who recently passed away unexpectedly after some diagnostic procedures at the vet hospital. I have used shaker boxes for this purpose in the past but I’m a bit aggravated with that process so wanted to do something different and a bit bigger than normal. I also wanted to try and match the brindle color of the dog (attached) as this was a very tough situation for the owner.

The box is made of 5/8” Tigerwood (Goncalo Alves) with dovetailed corners. The lid is constructed with bridle joins offset toward the top for the rabbet with a captured panel that is flush with the frame. The lid is rabbeted to sit flush with the sides and just lifts off as I don’t expect it to be opened/closed all that often. I tried to do as much smoothing as possible with my planes but had lots of trouble with tear-out. Even with my freshly sharpened 50 degree veritas low angle smoother, I still got some tearout that I removed with a cabinet scraper.

This was a challenging project due to the hardness of the wood and also trying to match the dogs color. The box was delivered today and the owner was very pleased with the result. On to the next project!

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#1 posted 10-17-2013 08:04 PM

Awesome work for a beautiful animal.

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

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#2 posted 10-17-2013 08:20 PM

Superior craftsmanship, Sir! Certainly a grand tribute for the featured animal.

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#3 posted 10-17-2013 08:38 PM

Job well done—very nice tribute to a very handsome dog.

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#4 posted 10-17-2013 10:30 PM

That’s very nice. I had to do the same thing for a friend. I have it in my projects if you care to take a look.

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#5 posted 10-17-2013 11:26 PM

Beautiful looking box, I love the subtle details.

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#6 posted 10-18-2013 12:27 AM

That is a beautiful final resting place for a great looking dog! I think you matched the brindle color very well.

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#7 posted 10-18-2013 04:19 AM

Very Nice Work/Project Indeed!! Thanks For Posting!

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#8 posted 10-18-2013 10:41 AM

A beautiful box and that tigerwood looks great…nicely done.

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

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#9 posted 10-18-2013 12:35 PM

Handsome Box for a Handsome Pup Jason, Great Job!
Nice Gesture all around, but the wood choice to match the dog’s coloring is a Great Touch!

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

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#10 posted 10-18-2013 03:18 PM

I’m sorry about the dog. His coat was beautiful. The wood on that box is beautiful and you you did a fine job on it.

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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#11 posted 10-22-2013 04:58 PM

Great looking box, a great home for the adorable dog. I’m sure the owner appreciates it.

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