Another unusual wooden box

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Project by maplerock posted 10-24-2013 03:00 PM 1984 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found some wood locally that seemed unfit for most applications. One board, 1×8 about 30 inches long. Brown in color, it had hundreds of holes in it.

Not sure of the wood species, but I thought it would make a cool box. The top is a nice slab of cherry.

I decided not to put splines or any corner detail and let the little board’s worm holes shine as the star in my little production. It turned into one of my favorites. Very nice size (see ruler photo) and solid. Two simple hinges and a finish of tung oil with about 6 coats of wipe on poly.

I wish I had more like this!

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

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 10-24-2013 03:11 PM

Great display of the wood. Great job.

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

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#2 posted 10-24-2013 03:15 PM

Good job! I like the finger notch also. I agree that any other detail would distract from the unique appearance of the wood.

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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#3 posted 10-24-2013 03:19 PM

This is an unusual design to a certain extent and I like it. The wood really catches your eye.

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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#4 posted 10-24-2013 04:58 PM

Nice job. Simple but unique

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#5 posted 10-24-2013 06:55 PM

That came out real nice Jerry…The wormholes add a lot of character to the wood. The only problem with unique wood is that you can’t always find another piece like it.

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#6 posted 10-24-2013 07:06 PM

Some projects won’t hold water, but this one sure holds its own. Nice work.

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

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#7 posted 10-24-2013 09:27 PM

Jerry, it is surprising how much simplicity can add to elegance. This project seems somehow oriental in its concept…a wabi-sabi sort of feel. The understatement makes it more not less. The wood is beautiful because of its imperfections, not in spite of its imperfections. Knowing your attraction to such thinking, I can see why you like this so much. It certainly lets the wood speak for itself. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 10-25-2013 12:41 AM

Looks like it’s been shotgunned! I like it!

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

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#9 posted 10-25-2013 01:12 AM

Very nice little box Jerry, holes and all….beautifully made, well done.

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

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#10 posted 10-25-2013 06:45 AM

It has a righteous beauty. Very holy.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#11 posted 10-25-2013 05:31 PM

OK DeLayne, cut it out your stealing my witty comments!

Many years ago, too many for numbers, I worked at a TV shop and we did all the deliveries for Dayton’s department store. The wood above, or something very similar, was very popular for some small stereo systems. On one delivery a woman had purchased one of theses stereos and when we delivered it the husband said it was defective because it was full of holes!

This is a beautiful box, like the finger relief! Was the finger relief cut with a router?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#12 posted 10-25-2013 07:25 PM

Thanks everyone! So many nice compliments. I appreciate them all. DJ, you’re a funny guy! I wanted to tell you that you were the inspiration for the heart I posted earlier this week. I don’t think mine compares to the one you made though.

Oldnovice, that finger tab was made with a Ridgid orbital sander. Boxguy showed me how to make that type of lift. (He has shown me most of what I know about making boxes) His are more elaborate usually, but I like them a little simpler. I turn the box upside down and lay it on the tilted table while slowly feeding it into the spindle. I use different sizes for different boxes.

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

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#13 posted 10-28-2013 02:13 AM

It’s a beauty, Jerry.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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