Carol's Box

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Project by Douglas Bordner posted 06-25-2014 05:23 PM 3317 views 4 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another of my gratitude boxes for a friend that, although we had never met in person, was a valued friend on Facebook. When my old pickup gave up the ghost, she was instrumental in her day job as a used car dealer in finding and helping me swing a new ride. Although not new, it was light years better than the rattletrap I had been nursing along. After years of driving a pickup, I switched to a ‘03 Honda Element. Solid beast, with a great deal of versatility and room. Plus it’s AWD, so no more skating around like a pig on ice when the Nebraska weather gets frosty. And did I mention it has a sub-woofer among it’s eleven speakers. Kick *ss!
Anyway, back to the matter at hand. Box is approx. 11”x 9″×5.5″. Front and rear panels are soft maple with a hint of curl and birdseye figure. Sides are cherry, top is bigleaf maple. Tray is made of purpleheart and beeswing figured sapele. Curly maple bottom. I made a handle on the front edge so it can be easily hauled out from under the captured lid.
I lined the box with Spanish cedar, as is my wont – smells heavenly when opened after the box has been sitting a bit. The knob was turned from end-grain black palm.
Half-blind doves on the carcase, box joints on the tray – all on the Incra Jig Ultra augmented router table.
Finish is washcoat Garnet dewaxed shellac under Target Coatings EM6000 waterborne spray production lacquer, rubbed out to 2000 grit with Abralon pads.
For my sister-from-another-mother, thanks for all you do for all the folks that wander into your life.
Not all who wander are lost.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#1 posted 06-25-2014 05:36 PM

really a beautiful box douglas, your like me, i just love making boxes for folks, i have always hated the money part when i make something…but i love all the details of your box here, so have you given it to her, i know she will love it, and im glad to know your driving a car that is safe, although i do love driving a pick up, ive got an old chevy 1980…with a beefy 350 4 barrel carb, its a gas guzzler, but i drive it very little, and right now it needs a new battery and alternator…around here its always something…keep on making the great boxes

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

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#2 posted 06-25-2014 05:39 PM

Thanks Grizz. Keep on truckin!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#3 posted 06-25-2014 05:40 PM

Nice to see you back!

-- John - Central PA -

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#4 posted 06-25-2014 05:41 PM

Beautiful work, as usual, Douglas! Subtle and tasteful… stunning, without being too flashy. Just right.

Now let’s talk about this other thing…. An individual who is both a female and a used car dealer who can be trusted???

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 06-25-2014 05:50 PM

She’s just that good, Charlie!

John it’s good to be back. Good to be anywhere above sod. Thanks.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#6 posted 06-25-2014 06:04 PM

Hi Douglas,

It is really great to see you are sill making beautiful boxes with clean crisp lines!

This reminds me of the olden day’s here on LJ’s when I first started I think there was only around 4,000 members compared to around 90,000.

Well, keep up the great work! And I am glad your still above sod, making saw dust!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 06-25-2014 06:10 PM

Very nice work.

Thanks for sharing, I think I’ll steal some ideas for a box I’m planning to make for one of my nieces.


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#8 posted 06-25-2014 06:36 PM

Thank you Dennis. I will have to come down and take you up on your offcut offer this summer.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#9 posted 06-25-2014 09:18 PM

Beautiful box one very lucky friend…

-- LueyD

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#10 posted 06-25-2014 09:31 PM

Very nice work Douglas and a proper thank you gift from a woodworker.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 06-25-2014 09:31 PM

nice looking box!!!

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#12 posted 06-25-2014 10:43 PM

Great story Douglas, thanks for sharing
Very nice work on the box

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 06-25-2014 11:39 PM

Beautiful box—elegant in a quite way.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#14 posted 06-26-2014 01:46 AM

Outstanding box Douglas! Welcome back – I haven’t noticed any of your beautiful boxes being posted in awhile – good to see you getting back in the saddle – you’ve still got it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#15 posted 06-26-2014 05:35 AM

A. Very sweet box Douglas, Always good to see your work.

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

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