pipe box from recycled materials

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Project by Rookie92 posted 05-06-2010 04:45 AM 2328 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Unfortunately, I do not have a picture of the complete starting materials, since I got my camera back after I finished. The box is built with some pine I salvaged from the dump (a table/cabinet type deal made out of 1x pine glued up), and some rough sawn cutoffs of walnut. I was in the shop cleaning up and decided to build something, so I ran a piece of “junk pine” through the planer and thought, “Wow, that old pine looks pretty d*$m good”. So i finished planing it, and cut a few pieces and started fitting them together. Then i began to think what i would use for a bottom and top, so i looked in my pile and saw a small walnut piece that my neighbor gave to me for borrowing my tools to make a walnut wall clock. So i planed it down and cut a piece for the top, and too another piece and made the bottom. I cut my groove for my floating bottom, then glued it up. Afterwords, I glued the top on, and began to ponder what i might use this box for.Then i remember all the junk i lug around when i smoke my pipe. Now, i had a design in my head. I cut some miter slots in the box, and used the scrap from the top (thats why they’re so fat). It worked out good, because I used these as my “shelf” for the tray. I then made a small tray to hold a few of the neccesities, with the bottom holding my tobacco. I used 3 coats of BLO as my finish, and some hinges i recycled from an old keepsake box. Lucky for me, right after i finish, i jump on lumberjocks to check on anything new. And i just so happen to see a contest that ends the day after tomorrow, and i have something i can enter. So i get my camera and snap a few shots. I hope you all enjoy, I certainly take great pleasure in taking one mans junk and turning it into anothers treasure.

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#1 posted 05-06-2010 04:55 AM

I love it! I’m really happy to see pine getting some recycled love – it often seems a little neglected.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#2 posted 05-06-2010 05:49 AM

Real nice, always great to see useful projects from “junk”

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#3 posted 05-06-2010 07:03 AM

Great box. I like the rounded corners and fat corner splines. Wood colors and straight grains are a nice match, too.

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#4 posted 05-06-2010 07:13 AM

Nicely done! Great recovery of some old materials. Nice design. I like the use of the large keys to hold the tray.

Good luck in the contest.

Keep it up.


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

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#5 posted 05-06-2010 09:39 PM

nice box. I like the simplicity of the design and materials. It has a very understated elegance.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#6 posted 05-06-2010 11:24 PM

You’ve got a great flare for design. That’s a beautiful box and well made from scraps. I also like the corner supports for the upper tray. I’m glad to see you using pine. I’m planning a pine and mahogany box, well not really planning, I’m just going to go out an build it (on a rainy day when I can get out of garden work, I hope).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 05-07-2010 01:51 AM

well done. God design. I have used that spline/support idea and it works great. I hesitate to use soft woods because I end up dinging them somewhere. You did a good job with the Pine. I do like how the grain looks.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#8 posted 05-07-2010 04:43 AM

Very nice box. Good choice of wood as well as a good design.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#9 posted 05-07-2010 01:25 PM

Beautiful box, nice job.

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

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