Back in the Saddle Again...

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Project by maplerock posted 03-03-2014 11:21 PM 1276 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been cold and icy here in southern Indiana. For too long I have been neglecting my tools and my lumber pile. I’ve also let a bunch of finished boxes sit around begging me to be photographed, but noooo… I take photos in the workshop, and it’s cold out there.

So, today I put on my big boy pants and braved the snow, ice, and frigid temperatures to not only work on some boxes, but to photograph my finished boxes. Now if I lived in Louisiana, Florida, or Texas I’d have worked straight through. But anyway, I’m back on track now. I have about six or eight boxes in various stages of completion.

This is a nice sized box (about 10” x 8” x 6”) that kind of developed while I was working on it. I made a lid and a handle for it. The box is made of a mystery wood. Can you guys tell me what you think it is? I have an idea, but many of you are much more educated in woods than I.

The handle is walnut, as are the splines. I think it has an oriental feel. I tried to mimic the Japanese Torii with the handle. I also carved out the legs to add interest.

What do you think the top is made of? Again, I think I know, but what say ye?

And… what do you think of this one? I almost always put hinges on my boxes, but had fun with this one. Do you guys ever make boxes for sale with lids? Do they sell well?

This brutal winter has been made more enjoyable by looking at the great projects posted here on LJ. Thanks again to everyone that posts and everyone that looks at my boxes!

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

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#1 posted 03-03-2014 11:30 PM

very cool design, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#2 posted 03-03-2014 11:45 PM

very nice box. I see the Asian feel you were going for, and I kinda like it!

Personally, I like making boxes without hardware, as I find most hardware to come with cheap screws that strip or break off. Nothing worse than screwing up a project due to cheap hardware.

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

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#3 posted 03-03-2014 11:46 PM

How do you always manage to get wood with such beautiful grain? Another great job, thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#4 posted 03-03-2014 11:54 PM

Fantastic looking box Jerry. Boxes with lift tops definitely sell and you would be surprised how many people prefer them. The splines add a nice decorative look and stand out nicely…As for the mystery wood…I dunno. Great to see you posting your work again…You can’t let a little thing like freezing your butt off stop you.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#5 posted 03-04-2014 12:18 AM

Fantastic box. The sides are most definitely Ash if you ask me. Can’t wait to see the rest of your boxes.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#6 posted 03-04-2014 12:23 AM

This is a fantastic build Jerry. Wow!

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

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robert triplett

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#7 posted 03-04-2014 12:26 AM

Nice work. I agree with Greg that some people prefer lift off lids, especially smaller boxes. I like the handle and the general style. I was thinking Ash also. The grain is unique on the sides, especially when seen close-up.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#8 posted 03-04-2014 12:47 AM

Thanks everyone… now that I see the grain magnified, I think it kind of looks like rice paddies… a happy coincidence for my Asian flavored box!

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

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#9 posted 03-04-2014 05:45 AM

Wowzers !!! Super job. I’ll vote for ash.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#10 posted 03-04-2014 05:51 AM

This is a nice little box. Looks crisp and clean.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#11 posted 03-04-2014 07:57 AM

Jerry, what a nice looking box. It has a nice feel to it and your did not have to deal with the dreaded hinges. I am coming along with my yoked saws project. I am down to the final steps. Nice job on the photos too.

-- Big Al in IN

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#12 posted 03-04-2014 03:28 PM

And that is a nice back-in-saddle in deed Jerry, thanks for sharing.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#13 posted 03-04-2014 05:26 PM

I love the design

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#14 posted 03-04-2014 08:56 PM

Nice work it the carcass could be ELM

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#15 posted 03-07-2014 10:20 AM

The lid sure looks alot like Bangkirai to me.

I have alot of the stuff from leftover deckbuilds, and itĀ“s a near perfect match.

-- I doubt, therefore I might be

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