Canary Wood Box

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Project by jaydub posted 08-21-2014 06:06 PM 1788 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this for a wedding present for some good pals. Material is canary wood that my local yard had a nice big pile of. Really nice wood to work, and got me some valuable experience with my #4 smoother after resawing 4/4” stock. I’m trying to do a lot less sanding, and a lot more planing – what a feeling when you get everything’s tuned and cutting the way you want it to!

I’ve done several lift-off-top and hinged boxes, but wanted to do something a little different with the top. I like the result! A little monolithic, using all the same species for sides and top, but the wood is so beautiful, I went with it. (The plane shavings are like their own kind of art – I really want to find some good way to display them).


-- happiness is a sharp plane iron

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#1 posted 08-21-2014 09:18 PM

Jay, this is beautiful wood and excellent work. You should be very proud of this project. I like the design. The interior hidden space is fun.

It is a bit monolithic. You might consider corner splines on your next box out of this lovely wood. I like the book-matched top. In the spirit of sharing, this is an idea consider in a sliding top. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 08-21-2014 09:40 PM

One of my favorite woods. Nice box Too.

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#3 posted 08-21-2014 11:18 PM

Lovely work. I like this box a lot. The minimalist nature of the box serves to highlight your fine craftsmanship and wood selection much more than would be the case if you had acquiesced to the all too common fancy contrasting lid piece. The sliding lid works well here too, and the little lift out interior lid is a nice little surprise inside. It’s a piece that will stand the test of time. ...and none of us can ask for much more than that.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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