Spalted Oak and Sepele Box

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Project by msurvilo posted 02-12-2014 02:21 PM 1967 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Spalted oak top and bottom came from the wood pile. Pieces of firewood destined to end up in the fireplace caught my eye as I was grabbing them. The sides are made of resawn sepele. I had to put in a dovetail key to control some splitting that was occurring. I also hid two screws under plugs to hold the main bottom to the bottom that is a floating panel inside the box. Altogether this box cost only $9 to make and is obviously very unique.

-- Matt, California.

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#1 posted 02-12-2014 02:38 PM

glad the wood didn’t end up in the fireplace, the box look amazing, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#2 posted 02-12-2014 02:51 PM

Very nice box!!

Your scraps look nicer then most of my “good” pile!!

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!

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#3 posted 02-12-2014 03:16 PM

Nine bucks well spent.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 02-12-2014 03:58 PM

The spalted oak certainly is striking. And put to good use.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#5 posted 02-12-2014 05:52 PM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 02-12-2014 06:02 PM

This box looks great and I love the wood. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

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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#7 posted 02-12-2014 07:05 PM

That is some amazing looking oak. And a great looking box to boot.

-- Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

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#8 posted 02-12-2014 08:26 PM

Welcome to LJ’s
Really nice box. Beautiful save on the oak.

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

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#9 posted 02-12-2014 08:37 PM

great looking box

-- Joe, Ga

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#10 posted 02-12-2014 08:37 PM

Beautiful wood. Great job.

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

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Monte Pittman

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#11 posted 02-12-2014 08:38 PM

Forgot, Welcome to Lumberjocks

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

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#12 posted 02-12-2014 10:35 PM

Nice looking box and that spalted oak looks great…well done.
Welcome to Lumberjocks an amazing community of world wide woodworkers.

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#13 posted 02-12-2014 10:36 PM

Nice Project Indeed! Thanks For Sharing.


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#14 posted 02-13-2014 01:20 AM

Matt, what a nice first post. You certainly have an nice eye for beautiful wood. I also like your choice of wood combinations. I would have put the bottom wood into another top for another box…Dutchman patch and all. I like your design. If you ever want to consider hinges and installing hinges: try this. Thanks for sharing. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#15 posted 02-18-2014 02:39 PM

Great save, it came out really beautiful. Your box is gorgeous inside and out with those pretty grains and figure. Great job and welcome!

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