Spalted box #1: Resaw and prelim assembly

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Blog entry by Brodan posted 06-09-2021 05:08 PM 376 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Building a keepsake box for wife’s new god daughter .

Material: Spalted maple with oak ply bottom.
Mitered and glued up with bottom installed…

Decisions to make… complimentary woods?, wood hinge? Or not?…top design?
Undecided on what complimentary wood to use. Here’s a test piece…I think cherry?

Resawed and glued up a potential top.

The satisfaction is in the journey!!!

-- Dan, TN

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#1 posted 06-09-2021 05:34 PM

Egad! Looks like one of them freakish goldfish 8^)

Wonderful looking wood, excited to see where to take it!

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#2 posted 06-09-2021 07:15 PM

I think a very white wood like Holly would really set off the spalting.

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#3 posted 06-09-2021 09:47 PM

That’s not a goldfish, that’s E.T.

Absolutely beautiful wood. I’m anxious to see where this goes too.

-- That's not an optical illusion, it just looks like one.

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#4 posted 06-10-2021 12:14 AM

im going with a darker wood to make it pop,like maybe wenge or walnut ?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 06-10-2021 01:52 AM

Thanks all. I’m really excited about the spalt although I’ve already noticed that specific wood selection is critical to avoid soft spots.

After planing the ET book match, I chose not to use it on this project primarily because it didn’t flow with the horizontal spalt of the sides.

Thank you for thoughts on accent woods. Next step is to make a sample board to have something to see.

-- Dan, TN

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