ButterKnot Box #3

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Project by Woodbridge posted 03-08-2015 04:56 PM 2113 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the last of the four boxes that I built over the previous several weeks.

When I made my second glass ball coffee table I purchased some butternut to use for the legs and the lower shelf.

The remaining butternut had a knot hole in it and parts of it were a bit wormy. This portion was not suitable for the table, but could be used for some boxes. Rather than discard the portion of the board with the knot hole I used it for the top lift.

The box measure about 12” x 8” x 5.25”. It is trimmed walnut and finished with shellac, rubbed out with steel wool and then waxed.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#1 posted 03-08-2015 05:57 PM

A great looking box Peter, and I love the way you used the knot. That Butternut is really good looking wood.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 03-08-2015 07:05 PM

BINGO….i love it, you used this wood for a great box peter….i love the knot hole, you could have left it just like it was if you ask me…i love the box….ive liked butternut ever since i first saw it…not much different between the butt and the wall….lol….it all looks good to me…great job peter…now that you have gotten the boxes out of your system, its time for something big….what shall it excited to see what will come next….i feel a rumble….lol

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 03-08-2015 07:52 PM

Thanks Mike and Grizz.

Grizz – right now I am working on a couple of chairs for another magazine article. I won’t be able to post those for some months until the article is published. After that its a toss up between doing a Windsor chair (I have never never built one) or another Modigliani chair based on this painting

I also want to get at least one other Rohlfs piece done this year, maybe the Tall Case Clock.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 03-08-2015 09:23 PM

Very pretty box. How did you make the mitered corners? I have tried a table saw to make some but they never got to be 90 degree angles.

-- While teaching a class, a gentlemen once asked me: "When chip carving an intricate design, what do you do when you are almost finished and the wood breaks off?" I replied "Cover the kids ears."

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#5 posted 03-08-2015 10:28 PM

Chipcarver – thanks for your comments. I did use the table saw to make the mitred corners. I made dedicate cross cut sled for this. I also check the blade angle to verify that it is actually at 45 degrees.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 03-08-2015 11:00 PM

awesome work!love you use of the piece with a knot in it!

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain

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#7 posted 03-09-2015 03:19 AM

Nice and rustic looking box Peter and the use of what would likely be fire wood in most shops is something to be admired .
This turned out real nice and gives me more incentive to look at all the odds and ends that I have and create a project like this .


-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 03-09-2015 05:01 AM

Peter, what a nice job. Splitting the knot is an interesting concept. Butternut is a wonderful wood to work with and has a great contrast with walnut. This box has a nice soft look about it. The proportions are good and the double spline in the middle is surprisingly eye-catching. The inset top is attractive, though we don’t have a good photo of the top itself. Often the cast-offs from furniture make excellent boxes, because a box can feature flawed wood as having a beauty that nature put there. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 03-09-2015 09:39 AM

Peter, another great rustic box. One day I shall have to try and capture the rustic look that you have achieved here. Thanks for posting.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#10 posted 03-09-2015 01:40 PM

nice box

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#11 posted 03-09-2015 01:44 PM

That’s a nice looking box. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 07-25-2015 02:12 PM

Hello Peter,
I like your butternut box. I was given piece of butternut for my birthday a few years ago and have not had enough courage to start working on it. It is peppered with a myriad of worm holes and I see that your box has a few. Must start my boot design now! You’ve inspired me!

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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