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Project by bayspt posted 12-02-2008 09:00 PM 3659 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few months a go my father-in-law wanted a box to keep his turkey beards in. He is an avid turkey hunter, and didn’t have anyplace to keep his beards. He was also worried about any insects getting to them, and eating them. It started out as he just wanted a cigar box (I smoke cigars but not ones expensive enough to come in a Spanish Cedar box lol), but here is what I came up with. White Oak sides and figured white oak top, with black walnut butterflies and more white oak “shot gun shells” Lined with aromatic cedar. Let me know what you think as this is my first box, and first time working with real wood (from rough to finished) instead of poplar or red oak from the Borg. Finish is 4 coats of wipe on poly 600 grit sanding on first coat and #0000 steel wool on the others.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"





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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 12-02-2008 09:12 PM

Looks great! I especially like the inlay work. Not sure what a turkey beard is (wattle?), but this should at least delay the bugs, and look pretty stylish to boot.

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

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bayspt

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#2 posted 12-02-2008 09:25 PM

The hair like thing that hangs from the chest. Generally the longer the beard the bigger the turkey.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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woodworm

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#3 posted 12-02-2008 09:31 PM

Beautiful box and I like the finish too.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 12-02-2008 09:53 PM

Nice looking box!

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

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#5 posted 12-02-2008 10:04 PM

Very nice, looks like good quality craftsmanship, good joints.

How big is the box?

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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Brent Livingwell

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#6 posted 12-02-2008 10:37 PM

Nice work. I recently learned that the box joint or finger joint is traditional in cigar boxes so that worked out well. The inlays are nice, and I like the shotgun double inlay. Maybe if you could book match the top boards and then send one over here that would be great. How many beards does he have? Maybe a display case is on order?

-- Things of the greatest worth are from the Earth. If you tell yourself that something is "close enough" it is not...do it again.

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bayspt

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#7 posted 12-02-2008 10:47 PM

Gene, Size is 12” long, 7.5” wide 4.75 tall.
Brent, wish I had the band saw to do it buddy. Got that gem at the local (1 hour away) lumberyard for their normal 2.25 a board foot for white oak. Got the cedar for .75 a foot, just had to pick through the pile a little. Like I said if only I had a band saw, I wouldn’t have wasted so much wood. I counted 40 gallons of sawdust and shavings on this one. Doesn”t take long when you are going from 3/4 stock to 1/4” on the jointer and planer.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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John Stegall

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#8 posted 12-02-2008 11:48 PM

Jimmy, that is so very nice work! Excellent grain matching in the top which, IMO, is a good indicator of craftsmanship. If this is your first box, I can’t wait to see the next one.

-- jstegall

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bayspt

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#9 posted 12-03-2008 12:14 AM

Brent, he has about 25 so far. Not sure how I could do a display case but I’m sure I could dream one up. Maybe I will take a pic of this box in use and post it after Christmas.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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Ecocandle

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#10 posted 09-02-2010 12:52 PM

Fantastic job on the inlay. Very cool looking.

-- Brian Meeks, http://extremelyaverage.com

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