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I visited my son in Quantico, Virginia last month. While there I inquired around about places where I might pick up some unique or pretty wood. I was referred to a place about 20 miles away and made a bee-line for it. I got there about 15 minutes before they closed and when I walked into the warehouse and heard angels singing and saw a bright light emanating from a big stack of beautiful ambrosia maple. Hundreds and hundreds of 8 foot 1×6’s. Being in the family car I grabbed 5 of them before they could close and I cut them into smaller pieces to ride back 600 miles in the family car.

I made this box to give to my new grandson (the one I was visiting) and love the wood. It sands like a dream and finishes with a glass-like smoothness. It is a big box (I call big ones like this “magnum” boxes), 12” x 8” x 5 1/2/ tall. I added a tray and walnut splines.

I hope to get more wood like this. It is fun to work with and unique when finished. I hope you like it.


-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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Michael Wilson

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#1 posted 309 days ago

That sure is pretty.

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#2 posted 309 days ago

A beauty of a box. Great find on lumber.

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

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#3 posted 309 days ago

Wow, what a great find and what a great box…! Your son will treasure it…
I’ve never seen any ambrosia maple at any of the local lumberyards I go to.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#4 posted 309 days ago

Wow! Nice box! Sure is pretty! Lucky guy!

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

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#5 posted 309 days ago

Amazing that a parasitic bug can improve the look of a “plain” wood like maple. Nice job (especially like how you wrapped the grain around those corners).

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

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#6 posted 309 days ago

I’m with gfadvm — who’d a thunk that a bug could make something so beautiful. I love what you did with it, Jerry. Great job!

-- Howard - "Time spent making sawdust is not deducted from one's lifetime." - old Scottish proverb

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#7 posted 309 days ago

Really great job on this

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#8 posted 309 days ago

So beautiful. Love that spalted wood.

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

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#9 posted 309 days ago

That is absolutely beautiful!! I have a 4/4 piece of ambrosia maple waiting for me to cut into it. It has been sitting in my garage for about a year. I picked in up visiting family in Oklahoma. I figured I had better live it sit for awhile to get acclimated to the brutal humidity in SW FL. I had been debating between just using it as a centerpiece for a lid but after seeing this I may have to go with making a whole box out of it!!

-- - "But old news can change, as memories float downstream. So don't judge me by my failures, only by my dreams"

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#10 posted 309 days ago

Nice wood pattern, cool box.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 309 days ago

Great box, great wood, great find. Congratulations!

-- Do or Do Not - There Is No Try ~ Yoda

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#12 posted 309 days ago

Thanks everyone. It’s always fun to see what others think about my projects. Your comments and suggestions are much appreciated!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#13 posted 309 days ago

Nice find. That is a great wood for showing off how to wrap the grain. This wood does finish nicely too. Now you need to find some Flame Box Elder and have some more fun. It feels even smoother when sanded. I am looking to see what mistake you might have made on this box- or have you stopped making mistakes??

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#14 posted 309 days ago

Box building is a joy. Well done and great score on the lumber.

-- Narinder, Calgary, Ab.

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#15 posted 309 days ago

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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