Birds Eye Maple/Walnut Box

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Project by scopemonkey posted 07-26-2007 08:58 PM 3583 views 6 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We remodeled our kitchen and had new maple cabinets installed by a local cabinet maker (I would have loved to do it myself, but we needed to get it done sometime this century….). I was constantly going through the construction site dumpster and picking up the scraps and found a piece of quarter inch maple ply that had a beautiful birds eye pattern on one side. I couldn’t let that go to the land fill. I also had a piece of walnut scrap I got from a friend too small to be useful to him. Well, I thought this would be a good time to practice some resawing and make a mitered box with the grain flowing around all 4 corners. I supported the miters with dovetail maple splines and used the birds eye ply for the top. Finish is just pure tung oil.

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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#1 posted 07-26-2007 09:06 PM

Cool Looking box. I really like the contrasting splines.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 07-26-2007 09:23 PM

Love the joints. very nice.

-- A man who moves mountains starts one stone at a time.

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#3 posted 07-26-2007 09:26 PM

Very nice. I really like the simple clean lines. I like how the box does not distract from the beauty of the figured maple on top.

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#4 posted 07-26-2007 10:01 PM

very beautiful box, i especially like the maple splines that you used to support the miters. i’m not familiar with that method of how to fit those spline in there. if you could elaborate a little or point me in the right direction via a link to help me understand it. it’s really a striking presentation.

-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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#5 posted 07-26-2007 11:08 PM

Very nice work!

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#6 posted 07-26-2007 11:28 PM

This is a very nice small box, SM. I just love small wooden boxes like this. Thanks for showing us this one. The Dovetail splines are something you don’t see very often. I have a tissue box that my father made over thirty years ago with these. The continuous grain pattern really enhances this detail.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#7 posted 07-27-2007 12:10 AM

Woodchips: I sent you a somewhat detailed message on the method. It is rather easy to do with a simple sled to hold the box as you pass it over a dovetail bit in a router table.

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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#8 posted 07-27-2007 12:20 AM

Great box! I like the detail!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#9 posted 07-27-2007 12:21 AM

Great job! I love the bird’s eye maple and the detail is most outstanding.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#10 posted 07-27-2007 01:36 AM

very pretty piece. great dovetails !!

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#11 posted 07-27-2007 01:56 AM

BEAUTIFUL! Nice save!

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#12 posted 07-27-2007 03:56 AM

nice box, Great touch with the dovetails.

-- Roy "Woodboxman" Coos Bay, Oregon

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#13 posted 07-27-2007 08:04 AM

Great box – I also like the dovetail splines. I also learned something from your thread that I didn’t know – I found out that Don likes small boxes (me too). Glad to know that Don :-)) You’ve got good taste.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#15 posted 07-27-2007 01:33 PM

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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