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Forum topic by Charlie H. posted 05-22-2018 11:14 PM 449 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Charlie H.

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05-22-2018 11:14 PM

I am building a small box for my mother in law and would like opinions on which side would be best for the front.
I don’t know if the small blemish adds interest of if it’s just distracting.
The box will have splined corners and there will be removable a bottom divider and a tray that sits on the divider.
The inside wood will match the box.


-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------


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GrantA

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#1 posted 05-22-2018 11:43 PM

Ambrosia maple on top?
I don’t typically like clear lumber, so my first thought is to put the “blemish” on the front. If it detracts from the overall feel of this project to you though by all means put it on the back. I think she’ll love it either way

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Charlie H.

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#2 posted 05-22-2018 11:55 PM

Yes ambrosia maple on top and bottom.
Divider will be padauk and the tray will be padauk with ambrosia maple bottom.
I typically pick boards with character too, but this padauk has been sitting in the garage for a pretty long time so it’s getting used now.
There’s orange/red crap everywhere right now LOL.
Probably won’t buy anymore of it.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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mel52

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#3 posted 05-23-2018 12:55 AM

I tend to like the ” blemished side ”, It ( to me ) gives a real wood look. Either side would be excellent.

-- MEL, Kansas

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Firewood

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#4 posted 05-23-2018 02:51 AM

I’m leaning toward the blemish side as well. I like the character it offers the project.

Very nice box.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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JADobson

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#5 posted 05-23-2018 03:12 AM

Hmm, I seem to be outnumbered all ready but I like the straight grain on this one. And if you look at my projects you’ll see that I almost never like the straight grain.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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jbay

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#6 posted 05-23-2018 03:14 AM

I normally like character,
but the simplicity of this box screams for the clean lines for the front.

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waho6o9

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#7 posted 05-23-2018 03:29 AM

I vote for clean lines as well. Nice work Charlie H.!

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#8 posted 05-23-2018 12:07 PM

Cannot go wrong…but if I had to pick, I would go with the straight grain. Looks very nice and hope you will post the final project.

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Andre

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#9 posted 05-23-2018 12:13 PM

My vote is clean front with ornate hasp or lock set or a small carved lift handle from the maple?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#10 posted 05-23-2018 12:30 PM

I vote for the clean front, that way all of the focus is on figure of the top.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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Dan

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#11 posted 05-23-2018 12:53 PM

From the inside it looks like the grain flow matches on the clear front, can’t see flow of the knot front. Your box has visually pleasing shape which I think knot might distract from.

-- Dan

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LittleShaver

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#12 posted 05-23-2018 01:21 PM

Such clean lines call for the clean front. More than enough visual interest on the top.

-- Sawdust Maker

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Charlie H.

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#13 posted 05-23-2018 02:33 PM

Thanks to all.
If there had been more “character” the choice would have been very easy, but with mostly just the one little knot swirl it does sorta stick out as being odd. It will look more at home with hinges that help break up the lines.
The plan is for the box to have wooden hinges and a small “carved” handle/knob thingy on the front of the lid.
I will use the ambrosia maple for the hinges and handle.
The board was not really thick enough to resaw and make a true 4 corner match, but the grain in this piece of padauk is incredibly consistent so it is much closer than it normally would be without resawing and flipping on end.
When I get it finished I will put it in my projects.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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Charlie H.

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#14 posted 05-26-2018 11:51 PM

When this is finished I will put it in the projects.
In the mean time here is a progress picture.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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