Quartersawn White Oak Inlaid Box

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Project by James posted 07-03-2009 01:42 PM 2432 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was made from a hunk of QSWO i found in my uncle’s garage. It was a real gem, with some great grain patterns.

The inlay includes aspen and cherry. Before staining there was way too much contrast, and i wanted the grains to do the talking this time, not the colors, so i faded everything together with a dark oil stain. Finished with 2 coats of wipe on poly and a coat of paste wax. Also I experimented a little with sanding shadowing, which is slightly evident on the right side of the aspen grain.

All comments welcome.

-- James, Bluffton, IN

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#1 posted 07-03-2009 01:52 PM

looks old ,
very nice .
you had fun with this ,
and it shows !

-- 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 07-03-2009 02:16 PM

Nicely built box with beautiful inlays.
Great job!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 07-03-2009 03:50 PM

Fantastic job!

Personally, I think I would like to see the contrast you tried to hide.

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

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#4 posted 07-03-2009 05:55 PM

Thanks for the feedback, guys. Charlie, I almost hated to stain it, but the crazy contrast drew the eye away from the QSWO grain a little too much IMHO. Perhaps a lighter stain would have been a better choice. Ya live, ya learn :)

-- James, Bluffton, IN

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#5 posted 07-03-2009 06:05 PM

Hey hackman
this is a cool box

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#6 posted 07-03-2009 06:25 PM

I think the box looks good, but I agree with Charlie. I think inlay work is done to make a statement. Taking the contrast out and “blending it” takes the effect away a bit. Nice work though. You should inlay a real small railroad spike that looks like it fell out of the track. hhhhmmm….now my design gears are spinning.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#7 posted 07-03-2009 08:05 PM

hey kol,

i never even thought of this as a RR track… hrm small square dowels for spikes… cool idea!

-- James, Bluffton, IN

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#8 posted 07-03-2009 10:47 PM

Absolutely beautiful work and craftsmanship. With all the beautiful work in the lid….maybe through dovetails on the box would have accented the lid and pulled the work down the sides of the box ?? Just a maybe…it is beautiful as is.

-- Don S.E. OK

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#9 posted 07-04-2009 12:03 AM

thanks don,

dovetails… yikes that is a mountain i have yet to climb. i cant bring myself to buy the jigs and router bits, cause i would feel like cheating. I’ve attempted a few by hand, dont think im quite there yet

thanks for the suggestions, perhaps i should sharpen my chisels..

-- James, Bluffton, IN

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#10 posted 07-06-2009 01:25 PM

I really like the box. You did a great job.
Thanks for posting.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#11 posted 07-28-2009 08:58 PM

nice piece and awesome wood selection

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

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#12 posted 03-16-2010 10:44 PM

very cool box

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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