Luke's Box

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Project by Josh posted 12-15-2015 11:00 PM 1580 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, Friendly McFrienderton (my friend Luke) offers to drive me to the airport AND pick me up there next month whence I return. He just up and offered to do so! I told him I would repay him and decided that payment would be this box I made recently. There is nothing fancy on the inside which is why I didn’t add a photo of an empty cavity. The lid sits on the box frame with nothing more than a simple 1/4” X 1/4” rabbet. The design is straightforward and simple. 45 degree joints on the frame and a flush-mounted, glued-on bottom. Woods used are poplar for the lid and handle, maple for the box frame, and walnut for the bottom. I saw the piece of wood that I fashioned that handle with in the garbage at work and said, “Oh no! That little diamond in the rough is coming with me!” And so it did, and what you see before you on the screen are poplar colors at their finest. That’s why I love poplar so much even if it is considered a low-quality wood. Whatever. I do what I want! Oh, and I’ve been finishing a lot of my boxes recently with mineral oil. It’s quick, easy, seals the wood, and brings the wood to life.

Questions, comments, or cries of heart-wrenching despair?

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#1 posted 12-16-2015 04:05 AM

I think Luke will love it as it is a very good looking box!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#2 posted 12-16-2015 04:56 AM

I thank you!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#3 posted 12-16-2015 11:39 AM

Love this box. Simple elegance. You were right on the money about the handle scrap! It looks much better on that box than in a trash can. I am sure your friend will love it. Thanks for the tip on the mineral oil use.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 12-16-2015 01:33 PM

The handle really makes the box.

-- Roger

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#5 posted 12-16-2015 01:48 PM

The handle reminds me of one those super speed jet cars that they run on the salt flats and the rest of the box matches that sleekness. Very cool.

-- --Zach

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#6 posted 12-16-2015 09:00 PM

That’s a nice box and has a certain amount of character about it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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