the incredible shrinking vase/box

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Project by jdh122 posted 12-08-2014 03:24 PM 1594 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I read on Jarrod StonDahl’s blog recently about the shrink box and decided to try making one. You take a green log (white birch in this case), hollow it out (in this case with hand augers and gouges) until you have a tube. Then take a piece of seasoned wood (spruce in this case) and fit it to the bottom, just tight enough so it won’t fall out. Let it dry and the shrinkage of the box around the already dried bottom locks it all in place. I’d have to smash the box to get the bottom out now. It worked really well and I use it in the kitchen to store my hand-made spoons for easy access and display. I think I’ll do more of these, although next time I’ll do more drilling before I start gouging.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#1 posted 12-09-2014 03:15 AM

Pretty cool Jeremy. Thank you for explaining the process. I’ve just started spoon carving and I have seen pictures of these on the various blogs. They look like fun, I’ll have to go back and read up on them. I’ve been thinking about a way to display my spoons, I may give this a try.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#2 posted 12-09-2014 11:06 AM

Thanks. I’ve been bitten by the spoon carving bug too, although I have trouble making the shape look nice.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#3 posted 12-09-2014 07:47 PM

Kewl Idea never thought of that

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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