Butternut Bombe Box

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Project by Woodbridge posted 03-05-2015 06:50 PM 2512 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last year, when I made my second glass ball coffee table I purchased some butternut to use for the legs and the lower shelf. The remaining butternut had a knot hole in it and parts of it were a bit wormy. This portion was not suitable for the table, but could be used for some boxes.

This is the first of two boxes that I made with this leftover butternut. The boxes is splined and trimmed with walnut. The small box inside is made with some leftover ash.

One evening, as a result of poor lighting and some over exuberant and hasty sanding with my random orbital sander, I inadvertently sanded a corner off the lid to the point where it no longer lined up with the body of the box. Frustrated with myself for making this mistake, I set the box aside. Coming back to it a few days later, I decided that the best way to salvage it was to shape the remainder of the box.

The box is finished with shellac, rubbed out, then waxed. It measures 9 1/2” x 6” x 5 1/4”.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#1 posted 03-05-2015 06:56 PM

This is a nice box, a real beauty.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 03-05-2015 07:40 PM

A beautiful box and I love the warm rich color of the wood.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 03-05-2015 07:53 PM

Thanks Charles and Mike.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 03-05-2015 08:00 PM

Another nice box Peter .
I always say when a Oh Oh like that happens here is another design opportunity and do like you and put it on the shelf for a bit and the solution usually presents itself .
Nice save .


-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 03-05-2015 08:27 PM

well peter , it takes real guts to admit your mistake and then to salvage your box as you did and make it a great looking box, i think its great, to me, boxes are boxes….and there are all kinds, all shapes and all colors, ive got a few boxes to make myself for some family members, i hope they turn out…but i really love how yours came out…great save…

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

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#6 posted 03-05-2015 11:59 PM

Nice looking box Peter.
Obviously your inner designer played a little trick on you.
Sometimes our subconscious is quicker to the punch with great design ideas, but we usually agree once we see its work. Of course we can take full credit as it’s still our idea ….....

Anyway, I like the box. Congrats on a great build…. both of you. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 03-06-2015 12:59 AM

Great looking box! Way to make lemonade out of the lemons you were handed!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#8 posted 03-06-2015 01:23 AM


If you hadn’t told us we’d think it was intentional. Boldly going where you’ve not gone before. LOL! I’m looking forward to your next design innovation.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 03-06-2015 02:55 AM

I am glad to hear that I am not the only one to make those mistakes. They are the moments when you say “Will I ever learn?”
The end result is a very striking box.

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

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#10 posted 03-06-2015 02:29 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments. Its a rare project where I am not having to figure out how to deal with an “unintentional design” change. I do try to resist the woodworker’s temptation to point out all the mistakes but this time it was fundamental to the building of this box.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 03-06-2015 05:07 PM


I just saw Charles Neil saying “Professionals make mistakes, we jusy know how to hide them better.” It’s nice to know we are all human. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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