Scrap Box, Box

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Project by wallybob posted 04-19-2010 02:05 AM 2197 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The box is made of Camphor that was in a sawmill in Colorado for 30 years. The owner would only sell it to me if I bought the entire lot as it was. I wanted the wood to build a bible box, earlier LJ project, for my sister-in-law who wanted me to use Camphor as there is a lot of it used in her native China.

This box was made from the cut offs of the wood I received. Not being one to toss anything I kept the cut offs. This was the last piece I had so I decided to try and get a rustic box from it. The only milling on the box was to cut the top and sides to size and miter the corners. If you look close you can see that the sides are warped and twisted and didn’t go together perfectly. Although the box is mitered and glued at the coners I added horse shoe nails, borrowed from my wife’s stain glass work. The nails had also be used and re-used so they qualify as scrap also. I managed to get the top and sides of the box but came up short on the bottom, trays, and hinges. They are made of Carob also fron the scrap box, hince the odd shape of the bottom tray dividers. I just made the pieces I had left fit.

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#1 posted 04-19-2010 04:11 AM

Wow, that’s RUSTIC. At first I thought it was ugly, until I read it was 30 years old. This will surely be a great conversational piece. Did you make any other projects with the Camphor?

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#2 posted 04-19-2010 04:34 AM

neat box

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

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#3 posted 04-19-2010 07:42 AM

Certainly qualifies as a rustic box everything being re used. Very nice.

-- Theresa,

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#4 posted 04-19-2010 08:20 AM

Fantastic rustic box. Great use of the woods “natural” look. Love the saw marks and the inclusions add the extra punch. Great design and build. Fantastic use of scraps.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#5 posted 04-19-2010 04:40 PM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 04-19-2010 05:50 PM

Has a nice look to it. I like the saw marks left in tact.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 04-19-2010 09:06 PM

It has an appeal to it and would be a conversation starter if on a table that people sat by. Then it would be a story for that person to tell someone else.

Kind of like the rock sculptor looking for what is inside the big boulder.


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#8 posted 04-21-2010 12:36 PM

love it!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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