Maple log box

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Project by Andy posted 03-11-2016 12:40 AM 1619 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was made from a maple tree that was split in two during a storm a couple years ago at my house. I salvaged this piece for a box the rest became firewood to heat the house. Its 5” tall and 3” in diameter. All i did was simply cut the lid off and drill it out with a 1 1/2” forstner bit.

I carved at it some with my pocket knife and drilled a hole to put a stainless pin in to make a pivot hinged lid. The finish is urethane on the outside and epoxy on the inside, I put the epoxy on the inside in hopes that would help it from drying out even more and splitting.

-- Andy Smith

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#1 posted 03-11-2016 12:47 AM

nicely done. no limit on size for one like this.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 03-11-2016 07:11 PM

Great job! I actually have several logs on my drying rack that I was planning to the same thing – various types of wood and various sizes. I had not considered the pivot pin for the top, great idea. How difficult was it to line up those holes for the pin? Definitely a favorite, thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#3 posted 03-11-2016 07:23 PM

Thanks leafherder, it wasnt too difficult to line up the hole for the pin i just measured carefully and used a fine pencil but since your making several of these heres an inexpensive tool that would make the job very easy.

Also Im sure you could fabricate something up to do the same job these dowel center sets can do pretty easily.

-- Andy Smith

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#4 posted 03-16-2016 07:09 PM

hello, very nice job! simply and pragmatically. If make top part larger, it could be used to sit

-- Denis, Nizhniy Novgorod

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#5 posted 03-16-2016 07:22 PM

My god man! You’ve invented the hollow log!

Nice work.


-- Madmark - [email protected]

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