A Box of Rocks

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Project by mdennisusa1 posted 03-06-2014 02:04 AM 1031 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I enjoy making keepsake boxes for family and friends. I’ve had this idea of lining the bottom of a box with small stones for a while. I’ve been picking up and keeping interesting rocks since I was a kid and it just seemed like a neat thing to do. Then I was at Lowe’s a couple weeks ago and low and behold, they had some nice stones sliced 1/4” in the flooring tile section. They were perfect. I expoxyed them to the 1/4” plywood bottom, put a little gray grout I had left over from another project around the rocks and let it dry. Then I covered it with a thin layer of epoxy.

The box is made from some old wormy cherry rescued from the firewood pile and sliced on my band saw. The splines are bloodwood. The top is another rescue from the firewood pile, a slab of black walnut, sapwood and the live edge give it some character.

It’s just a simple thing and a bit heavy, but then…what would you expect for “A box of Rocks.”

-- A Laborer works with his hands. A Craftsman works with his hands and his head. An Artist works with his hands, his head and his heart.

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#1 posted 03-06-2014 02:11 AM

I guess I should have added it is about 8 inches wide by 12 inches long and about 4 inches deep. I used BLO to start, let that dry and then 3 coats of rattle can lacquer. A rub with 000 steel wool in between coatsl and some paste wax to finish it off.

-- A Laborer works with his hands. A Craftsman works with his hands and his head. An Artist works with his hands, his head and his heart.

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#2 posted 03-06-2014 02:19 AM

Very nice and clever. Especially like the lid. Well done.

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#3 posted 03-06-2014 11:19 AM

very nice!

-- John, South Dakota

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#4 posted 03-07-2014 12:22 AM


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#5 posted 03-07-2014 01:31 AM

The ‘rock bottom’ is a very innovative idea!

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

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#6 posted 03-08-2014 03:07 PM

Nice idea. many things could be used like that.

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#7 posted 03-12-2014 03:51 PM

Cool and unique box! Great idea on the rocks and the lid is gorgeous. Great work!

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