Donation maple & walnut box

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Project by Tooch posted 03-03-2014 06:19 PM 1147 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The director of our high school’s musical was having a fundraiser to help cover costs of the production, and was looking for items for a chinese auction. I decided to try and help out, so this is what I came up with.

The box is made of maple and walnut (my favorite combination of woods) with a lift-off top and removable tray. the maple was reclaimed from some drawers out of an old work bench, and has some birds eye speckling on the bottom piece that is not given justice by these photos. The “handle” was a knot that fell out of a piece of walnut I was using; I decided to try something different and include it in the design. I’m not sure how I feel about the handle, but it definitely is unique. The liner is felt, although it is made to resemble gator skin.

To make the splines at different depths, I just set the table saw blade at 3 different heights. I do like how they turned out, and hope to experiment more with splines in the future.

Finish is two coats of brush-on lacquer, thinned 50/50 with lacquer thinner. It took a while for the smell to subside, but a quick cleaning with a clorox wipe helped. Although I was sad to give it away, the musical director was thankful to have another item to auction off.

Thanks for looking!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 03-03-2014 06:39 PM

Beautiful piece, nice work.

-- Steve - Seaford, DE

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#2 posted 03-03-2014 06:49 PM

That looks awesome buddy. Great job. Always nice to help others. Love the design and the contrasting of the woods.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#3 posted 03-03-2014 07:25 PM

Pretty box, like wise I like the contrasting colors.

-- John in Florida

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#4 posted 03-03-2014 08:24 PM

Really nice work. You..done..good
I get roped into those things quite a lot. One school calls me every year
You can also change the looks of your splines by cutting the box on an angle after the splines are installed.

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

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#5 posted 03-03-2014 10:15 PM

That’s a beauty.

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

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#6 posted 03-04-2014 12:02 AM

Tooch…you did a great job creating that box. I am sure it will sell quickly at the fundraiser… I like the birds eye maple combination you used. I like the walnut knot handle…it adds character.

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#7 posted 03-04-2014 01:21 AM

Nice box and some beautiful woods. I like the ‘knot knob’.
Good on you for donating to a worthy cause.

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

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#8 posted 03-04-2014 03:27 PM

Very nice tooch, I like how you stepped the splines, mind if I ask what the dimensions are?

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#9 posted 03-04-2014 06:50 PM

Beautiful box. So many interesting details.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 03-04-2014 10:02 PM

Very nice looking box, I like the thicker splines and the choice of woods…thanks for sharing.

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

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#11 posted 03-10-2014 04:00 PM

Beautiful box inside and out. Like the cool handle, awesome joints, attractive wood mix and finish.

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#12 posted 03-20-2015 01:28 PM

Wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

-- "I have learned from my mistakes, and I am sure I can repeat them exactly" — Peter Cook

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#13 posted 03-20-2015 03:24 PM

Tooch, this is a real beauty. Congratulations.

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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