Two Knotty Boxes

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Project by deadhead posted 01-03-2009 06:44 PM 3540 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My projects are crafted with what we call here in Florida “deadhead lumber”. The term refers to lumber cut from logs that have been underwater for a long time. The wood is cured in an oxygen free environment ( anaerobic) and in most cases is old first growth timber. Very stable, tight growth rings and with a unique patina from the tannic acid waters of Florida’s rivers and streams. A state license is required to salvage these logs and I buy directly from the guy who brings them up off the bottom. How green can you get? The pair of boxes shown started as 8/4 stock resawn and voila! there was a bookmatched pair of lids. Artists call that a happy accident. The boxes are made from solid wood, no joinery, but routed out with jigs i make for the different sizes. Tops and bottoms are from the same board. I have tried various finishing methods but nothing beats a Watco and satin poly mix applied and wet sanded from 300 to 600 grit, about 8 coats. The insides are lined with black faux snakeskin and hinged with brass barrels. This pair seemed to cry out for a stand that would keep them together forever so I made one of oak and finished it with a graphite and black enamel mix buffed down to simulate steel.
I’m looking for a buyer. ( Forgot to mention, each box measures 8×11.)

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#1 posted 01-03-2009 06:57 PM

Man, what beautiful workmanship!!

The lining could have been nothing else. The pairing of Florida deadhead lumber and snake skin is perfect!

What did you envision to be their contents?


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 01-03-2009 07:10 PM

Very interesting, just routed out. Cool! They look very nice.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 01-03-2009 08:18 PM

Very Very nice !!! What a happy accident regarding the bookmatching…....... Love the snakeskin !

What are the dimensions of the boxes?

Need your opinion, how do you like the barrel hinges for boxes vs. kerf hinges / butt hinges?

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#4 posted 01-03-2009 08:19 PM

Oh wow, these are absolutely gorgeous!!!

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#5 posted 01-07-2009 02:14 PM

Great boxes!I love the knot and how you made twins fom it.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#6 posted 01-08-2009 05:50 PM

Beautiful work. Well done.

-- jroot

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#7 posted 01-09-2009 03:31 AM

Nice Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#8 posted 01-23-2009 02:54 AM

Good Luck in the contest!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 01-23-2009 06:27 PM

What beautiful boxes and the story behind them is amazing.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#10 posted 01-23-2009 11:04 PM

Great boxes and like you say keeping the pair together is a requiremnt. They compliment each other. A great job

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 01-30-2009 05:14 PM

Beautiful boxes, & a great match up.

They’ve been reclaiming old logs in Lake Superior, near Ashland Wisconsin for quite awhile now.

They get premium prices for the lumber.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#12 posted 02-06-2011 05:25 AM

Really nice deadhead. What part of Florida are you in?

-- Leonard H.

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