A Commissioned Box

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Project by thewoodartist posted 09-29-2010 09:27 AM 2274 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It started off simple, though they rarely do. He wanted a box, no particular size, no particular usage. But…it was to commemorate a trip to the Oregon coast, and the weekend when they became engaged.

Okay, in some ways this is my ideal project…where I’m give a vague set of directions and then allowed to let my imagination run wild. In this case, the search was on for the “perfect” piece of wood to symbolize more than just a present.

After a bunch of searching, I found the top for this box on a pallet. It wasn’t all that special, until I saw the grain that just screamed of a breaker rolling against the shore. From there, the rest was easy. The owner added the little plaque on the top. Personally, I would have left it off…but…it’s his box.

The rest of the box is also “pallet wood” and I can only say it’s something in the mahogany family. I have no idea what the wood on the top is, and, frankly, didn’t much care. It was borrowed back for these pictures, so it’s seen a little use.

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#1 posted 09-29-2010 10:18 AM

Making this look as good as it does from a pallet, wow! Well done looks great!

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 09-29-2010 02:04 PM

It really is a nice keepsake. You did a wonderful job!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 09-29-2010 02:41 PM

Great job !! Turned out beautiful.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 09-29-2010 05:17 PM

Very nice box, love the inside.

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

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#5 posted 09-29-2010 05:21 PM

I like the box because of it’s simplicity and because of the idea that it was made from reclaimed wood. You did a good job in the making of it, but I like the simple lines and the inside looks very nice.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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robert triplett

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#6 posted 09-30-2010 01:27 AM

I can almost see a person and a dog walking along the shore. Nice work and good job on the wood selection.

I can’t show this to my wife because she doesn’t know about this free wood thing from pallets!

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

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#7 posted 09-30-2010 08:04 AM

Robert, you could advise your wife that working with pallet wood is like looking for Prince Charming:

You gotta kiss a lot of frogs.

I watch for pallets at work, but a “good one” comes by rarely. We get some tile from south Asia that sometimes comes in crates or pallets made from God-knows-what wood that seems interesting, but otherwise it’s a lot of garbage. Also, there’s a high cost in tools if you don’t catch all the metal that’s hiding. Planer knives ain’t cheap!

The wood can be good for small projects, but otherwise it’s hours spent to fine a stick here or there. On this one, I got lucky, but I could easily fill my whole shop with scraps like this, and never have “what I need.”


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#8 posted 10-31-2011 01:52 PM

Super box, with a super story.

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