Redwood Box

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Project by FaTToaD posted 06-19-2010 02:11 AM 3106 views 7 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box I made for my mother, she loves California redwoods. The outside of the box is entirely redwood, including the miter splines, with a slightly figured piece for the lid. The tray is maple, and the rails the tray sits on are padauk.

The redwood was bought at Home Depot, it’s the only wood beside pine, douglas fir, oak, and poplar I can get locally. It’s extremely soft and will dent if you even look at it funny. It takes penetrating oils very well, and some of the boards have a natural “shimmer” to them.

The finish is five coats of Formby’s High Gloss “tung” oil, followed by a coat of paste wax. This is probably my best box so far, though there are several mistakes, she loves it.

As always, any comments or critiques are welcomed. Thanks for looking.

-- David

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#1 posted 06-19-2010 02:16 AM

Excellent work. That redwood is gorgeous.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 06-19-2010 02:30 AM

like the clean,down to earth look. what is the cloth you used for the inside,great work

-- dean2336,nebr.

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#3 posted 06-19-2010 02:30 AM

Very nice box. Looks great.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#4 posted 06-19-2010 02:41 AM

Good job. I like the splined miters. The fabric you use is pretty cool. It looks like some kind of paisley design. Where did you get it?

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#5 posted 06-19-2010 02:47 AM

Fantastic box inside and out….That little tray and the liner really set it off nicely : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 06-19-2010 02:53 AM

This is high on my list of wow boxes beautiful.


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#7 posted 06-19-2010 02:58 AM

A beautiful box and the craftsmanship looks outstanding! Love that grain!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#8 posted 06-19-2010 03:11 AM

Thanks for all the comments!

The felt inside does have sort of a paisley pattern. It came from a JoAnn’s Fabric & Craft store. My girlfriend shops there for her custom invitation/card business. I had her pick me up a variety of different pieces of felt, this is one of the ones she came back with. They had it in a couple different colors, plus some other patterns including alligator skin.

-- David

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#9 posted 06-19-2010 03:29 AM

Looks very great…Nice combination of colors . I never have worked with redwood before since I dont normally see it her in southern Louisiana. Never seen it at Home Depot. Our local softwood is cypress. Someone gave me a very old piece of sinker cypress this morning and it is beautiful. Might end up as a box

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#10 posted 06-19-2010 04:01 AM

Boy figured redwood is sexy. Really nice box.

-- Got Wood? --- Somewhere along the way the people in Washington forgot that they are there to represent the people, not to rule them.

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#11 posted 06-19-2010 04:22 AM

Gorgeous Box, David. Top-flight workmanship…
Excellent job on the photography too!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#12 posted 06-19-2010 04:33 AM

looks good

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#13 posted 06-19-2010 04:33 AM

Ditto to everything they said… I’ve got to ask though… You say your mother loves California Redwoods. How did she feel about you chopping one down to make her a [beautiful] box? ;)

-- Ian, Tennessee

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#14 posted 06-19-2010 07:35 AM

Georgious box, nice craftsmanship.

-- Tom D

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#15 posted 06-19-2010 09:20 AM

Beatuiful box. The figured piece for the top, really adds a great look to it. I’m sure your mom will cherrish it for years..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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