Kindling Box

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Project by ChuckV posted 11-01-2013 07:51 PM 2707 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a very simple and rough box for holding our kindling. It is made from a 17” wide pine board, except for the plywood bottom.

The board had a significant cup.

Flattening the board would have meant losing the rough finish and quite a bit of thickness. I wanted to keep the rough finish on the pine. Maybe I could have forced the pieces straight while gluing, but decided to leave the cup and work around it with the joinery.

I attached the pieces with a rabbet. To made this work, I created a flat on all the pieces where they join.

I reinforced the joints with cut nails.

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#1 posted 11-01-2013 07:59 PM

very nice.

great execution and I agree that the rough finish is the best fit for this one.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 11-01-2013 09:36 PM

I cannot explain my fondness for boxes. This is a fine looking fellow. Sturdy and elegant in its rusticity! Kudos to you for recognizing the potential of this board… who in the hands of many a person would have ended up as kindling, IN a box.

Well done.

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

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#3 posted 11-01-2013 10:28 PM

Nice! Nice wide pine too. Where did that come from?
I was thinking of making something similar but perhaps even more rustic. Yours is much too nice looking!
Looks like a larger version of my moving boxes:
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-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 11-01-2013 10:41 PM

Chuck I need to make one of them like yesterday.
Do you deliver to Scotland? :)


-- 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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#5 posted 11-01-2013 11:55 PM

Sharon - Thanks. I’m hoping that the exposed end grain will turn gray like the rest.

Jerry - I love the word “rusticity” (I am a bit of a word nerd).

Steve - Last year I bought two pickup’s full of pine from a guy in town. He cut the trees on his property and had someone come and mill it with a portable mill. Then his plans for the pine fell through and he needed to sell it in preparation for selling his house. I got lots of 4/4 and 8/4 in widths up to 18”. I’m not a big gloater, but I paid less than 50 cents a bf for the lot.

Jamie - I’m thinking the shipping could be a little high! You’re welcome to stop by the next time you are in the area and we will crank out a few boxes for you!

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#6 posted 11-02-2013 12:06 PM

Nice. Don’t put it too close to the fire… :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 11-05-2013 03:27 PM

Looks good and sturdy box. It will serve you well for a long time. Great save of he wood and great work!

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