From firewood to birthday box

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Project by PaBull posted 09-05-2010 01:25 AM 3644 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We were on vacation just North of San Francisco in the Redwoods. On the way back we stopped by some friends in Santa Rosa. We did the marshmallow thing and I noticed that the firewood had an odd grain to it. I took a couple of pieces home. This box is one of the little projects I have done with this wood. I still don’t know what wood it is. It is heavy. I finished it with tung oil and polyurethane.

The box is my daughter Danaling, she is was adopted when she was 11, a year ago.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#1 posted 09-05-2010 01:40 AM

Looks great what ever kind of wood this might be. Nice save! Looks very nice.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 09-05-2010 01:44 AM

That is an interesting grain and a beautiful little box. I’ll bet she was very happy to get it.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#3 posted 09-05-2010 09:23 PM

Pretty cool looking little box. Love the color of the wood.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 09-06-2010 02:59 AM

Thanks for the comments.
Chris, nice wood, still not sure what it is. I did not use any stain.
Otto, she was very happy with the box.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#5 posted 09-06-2010 07:03 AM

Great box, like the top

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 01-17-2011 01:36 PM

I started a project like that a couple of years ago from Black Walnut, but I was making a square cube, which is a bit challenging squaring all the corners of a chunk of wood and having limited equiment. I will have to revisit the project—my daughter, for whom I was making it, is all grown up. I like your idea of an irregular shape and original surface on the lid

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#7 posted 01-17-2011 02:57 PM

Great project! I burn wood to reduce my heat bill. Gathering firewood becomes a game when I set aside pieces to resaw. Using your idea, I will also set aside wood for bandsaw boxes. The fire in the stove may go out but we’re on our way to spring so, oh well. Thanks for posting your project.

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#8 posted 01-20-2011 07:18 AM

Very cool! Very inspiring too. I will have to build a band saw box this weekend!

-- Sam S. - Hebron, KY

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#9 posted 01-20-2011 05:27 PM

Sam, keep us posted, I like to see what you came up with.

Stcin, I know what wood I have in my firewood pile, I don’t need to look there. I was at a friend up in Santa Rosa in northern California I found this wood.

WacoustaWombat, an irregular shape is more forgiving, I agree with you.

Be well, Pabull.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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