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Project by CiscoKid posted 07-17-2017 09:11 PM 1594 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had a black walnut board with a large split at one end. Six feet of the board was fine, but the last two feet looked to be scrap. Lovely figuring around that large split, but how to salvage it? The split goes the whole way through the board and there are places where you can see light through it. I stared at that board for a year and a half leaning up against a wall in my shop. In the end I couldn’t bring myself to throwing it out or cutting around the split. The butterflies are quarter-sawn sycamore. The lift is Gaboon ebony. And the box sides are quilted hard maple. Hinges by Brusso. I apologize for the poor photos, but simply have not made time to pull out my real camera. Hope you all like it.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#1 posted 07-17-2017 10:14 PM

I like it. The repaired crack really sets it off! Nice save!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#2 posted 07-17-2017 11:29 PM

not sure which is best, the burly walnut or the butterflies or the box itself or the handle
I guess I like it all – imagination is a wonderful thing

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 07-18-2017 12:02 AM

just another box-hardly.i think very few wood workers would have thought to salvage that piece of walnut cracked like that,but you made it into something beautiful.very creative work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 07-18-2017 12:50 AM

I agree with Pottz 100% It’s unique and beautiful. I would try and find a cracked board just so I could try doing this same thing with the butterflies. She’s a beauty with lots of character! Love how you placed them and like the different sizes. Well done!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 07-18-2017 03:36 AM

Al, I really like the save here. It is beautiful and clever. Nice wood , nice shape, nice finish, nice box. the sides look a little thick, but you may have needed some of that for the way you connected the top. The butterflies are a great touch. has a sort of George Nakashima look to it. I am old enough to remember the TV show that ended with “Aw, Cisco. Aw, Poncho.” Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 07-18-2017 03:10 PM

That looks great. Outstanding way to salvage a piece of awesome figured wood.

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#7 posted 07-18-2017 03:29 PM

This is an outstanding box and is so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 07-18-2017 03:31 PM

Beautiful and creative!

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#9 posted 07-18-2017 05:41 PM

Now that’s a nice looking box.
Love the finish!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#10 posted 07-18-2017 07:15 PM

Very Nice work!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#11 posted 07-18-2017 11:42 PM

That’s a beautiful box—I love those bowties!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#12 posted 07-21-2017 03:42 AM

You can hardly even tell that the crack was something that was an accident! And think about it, this storage box would never have come to be if you didn’t have this great idea to “patch” over the crack. It’s a sign of a good craftsman that you’re able to come up with an idea like that and really make the design work!

-- Christopher James:

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