Christmas Present from Scraps

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I live over 25 miles from the nearest lumber supplier of wood like padauk. So when I ran out before making my wife a Christmas box, I went through all my scraps for pieces with which to make a lid.

The birds’ eye panels in the lid and the claro walnut carcass of the box are from rejected gunstock blanks, which I bought by the pallet two years ago. The Osage orange stripes are from a friend’s Kansas fence post. The red padauk for the stripes and bottom of the box was from my local hardwood supplier. I save all cut-offs for projects like this. Only the smallest pieces go to the barrel for burning in my den’s fireplace.

I use a premium rip blade, Freud, and an outstanding crosscut blade, Forrest, in order to get perfect glue joint cuts which require no tweaking. I cut them and glue them. Only the drying time keeps me from really fast assembly.

-- Dale

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#1 posted 12-24-2016 11:22 PM

Gorgeous box Dale! Your wife should be extremely pleased. I know that mine would. I’ve been saving scraps of purpleheart, jatoba, and other exotics for a year now. Your box makes me think that I made the right decision to save those pieces. Again, beautiful work!

-- Terry, East Central IL

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#3 posted 12-26-2016 05:59 PM

Thanks, TDubs. This way, I don’t mind spending some bucks on one board of padauk since I make it go so far.

-- Dale

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