Bamboo and cherry box

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Project by comboprof posted 04-26-2014 01:09 PM 1641 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been a long hard winter in Michigan’s Keewenaw peninsula. So cold I could hardly stand on the concrete garage wood shop floor for more than an hour. But I did manage to get this box made. The photos were taken this morning on last nights 26 April 2014 fresh fallen snow. A friend of mine gave me some of his left over bamboo flooring out of which I have made this box for him. I followed Boxguy’s excellent Boxland blog. I also had a chance to use my new to me but vintage 20-inch bandsaw to make the divided insert. (I haven’t been able to find venetian blinds new or used in our small town, so I made my own.) The most difficult issue for me was to remove the bottom “glue spacers” and factory finish from the flooring and keep a uniform thickness. It will be much easier now that my planer has arrived. It took a lot of time sanding down the flooring. The bamboo also tears and chips so in the end I had to fill some imperfections with pixie dust. Finish is tung oil, wipe on poly, and paste wax. Box measures in inches 3.5 by 8 by 5.5. So if used as a tea box the bags must be inserted side ways. (Height was limited by the width of the floor boards.)

-- -- Cheers, Don K. (Michgan's Kewenaw peninsula)

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#1 posted 04-26-2014 01:22 PM

Nice looking. I have some bamboo flooring myself leftover and looks like I’ll have a use for it. Thanks for sharing this.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 04-26-2014 01:22 PM

Very cool, especially at that size

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 04-26-2014 01:31 PM

Don, thanks for the shout out. If you are going to use a $100 bill for scale on a box, what do you use for scale if you make furniture? This has been a long cold winter for mature legs. Just looking at all that snow gives me chills.

We recently installed bamboo flooring in our home. I wore out a carbide blade in just three days cutting the stuff. I used a small piece on a box project, but it is really prone to sharp, evil splinters. I like it better on our floors than in my shop.

The box you made has a nice clean look, and you made great design choices with sideways teabags, dual finger lifts, wood contrasts in the top, and the removable dividers. Looks like you are on your way toward making boxes for money if you want to. Thanks for sending this posting my way.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 04-26-2014 08:54 PM

Box very nice, compliments.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#5 posted 04-26-2014 08:57 PM

Thank you for looking.

Alan you make me nervous. Will I ruin my good blades. I’ve been offered a whole lot more of the bamboo. I particularly worry about planer blades. I guess if I ever make furniture I should display a brick (100 * $100). I’m now aware of the splintering and tearing problem and think I know how to deal with some of it.

-- -- Cheers, Don K. (Michgan's Kewenaw peninsula)

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