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Project by Grumpymike posted 05-11-2015 09:24 PM 5305 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Before moving to Arizona some 3+ years ago, I lived in Kansas City. While there our next door neighbor had their Elm tree cut back and I asked for a few of the rounds because I had never worked with Elm.

I sliced the rounds up on the band saw, and stickered it to dry, and when the moving van came the Elm was loaded aboard with most of my wood collection.

After being in Arizona where the average humidity is around 10% it didn’t take long to dry the wood enough to work.

The top is from the center of the wood near the pith and I thought it would make an interesting feature.

The crown, foot and the tray are Sapele form my scrap bin and the splines are rosewood that I have had since High School (1963). My wife did the embroidery inside the lid.

I just thought that it would be fun for Jane to have a box made from her own tree.

Oh yeah, I did get a phone call when the UPS guy delivered it. ... She cried.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#1 posted 05-11-2015 09:30 PM

beautiful box
and a kind thought

guess she thinks of you two
as much as you do about her

a real keepsake for sure

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 05-11-2015 10:00 PM

Very nice box Grumpy. I’ll be glad when I can get back into my shop. This recouping sucks.

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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#3 posted 05-11-2015 10:51 PM

Great box, great gesture.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 05-11-2015 11:56 PM

Great looking box! And it was very thoughtful of you to send her this box—I’m sure she’ll love having it!

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

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#5 posted 05-12-2015 12:00 AM

That is a great box gesture and story.
That elm really looks good with the sapele.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#6 posted 05-12-2015 01:38 AM

I love the box, Mike and the story on how you processed the wood to make it.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 05-12-2015 04:31 AM

Mike, lovely gesture and box. I like the sloped rim and the mix of colors. The neat embroidery is a nice personal touch. It is strictly a matter of personal taste, but I might have made the top a little deeper. Maybe because of the slanting lid rim. There is a lot of character in the top wood and the finish looks great. The sliding tray is a nice and useful addition. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 05-12-2015 01:50 PM

That’s a beauty, a nice story, and a good deed.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#9 posted 05-12-2015 03:43 PM

Beautiful story, box and gift, Mike. From K.C. to Arizona? Great move. What have you got to be grumpy about? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 05-12-2015 03:53 PM

I also salvaged some wood from an elm tree that was cut down, although I didn’t know it was elm at the time. It took a little research afterward to discover what species of tree it was. So far I’ve turned a couple of pens with it. Elm is a beautiful wood, and nice to work with. That’s a really nice looking box and a nice story too. Thanks for sharing it.

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#11 posted 05-12-2015 10:30 PM

Love the contrast of woods ! Great job..

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#12 posted 05-13-2015 01:34 AM

Thanks to all of you for your kind comments.

Duckster Get your old Texas butt out into the shop, It’ll make you feel better.

Boxguy Coming from you the guru of boxes, that is a huge compliment Thanks.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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