Butternut Twins

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Project by rtbrmb posted 199 days ago 743 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In Nov, 2011 I made my first post on Lumberjocks, asking for help identifying a board. I had responses from; ShaneA, WDHLT15 & Lee A, Jesberger all identifying it as Butternut.

I was trying to make two boxes for my great-nieces, and I just finished them last month. This is the 4th attempt at a lid style before I was comfortable with them. If it weren’t for the fact that the board came from my father’s wood collection that I inherited when he passed away 17 years ago, I would have had a ceremonial burning & started over.

There is a unique grain pattern on the front of both boxes (mirror images) from when I sawed the board in half. The top is made of walnut burl veneer and the splines are walnut as well. I routed a 1/16” border and CNC routed their 1st initial on the lid and filled with epoxy colored with a violet color. The finish is multiple coats of Danish oil followed by several coats of shellac that I sanded with 220 between each coat. I also rubbed it out with 0000 steel wool & paste wax.

They both have matching trays and red velvet in the bottom.

Thanks for looking.

Bill in MI

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#1 posted 199 days ago

They turned out great.

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#2 posted 198 days ago

Nice work. Great display of the wood.

-- 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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#3 posted 198 days ago

wow, the matching boxes look great, I love how simple they look from the front, then you see the top and they looks wonderful, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#4 posted 198 days ago

Two very nice boxes. Great wood combo, very clean and elegant. Well done.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#5 posted 198 days ago

These look really nice and I like the design. Good work.

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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#6 posted 198 days ago

Took a while but worth the wait. The colored inlay is very nice and personalizes them.

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

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#7 posted 193 days ago

Fantastic boxes! Gorgeous tops, awesome joints and the colored initials make them more special. Your nieces will treasure them. Great job!

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