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Project by blacknail posted 09-30-2010 07:03 AM 1846 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been lurking around and learning a lot here and thought it about time I put a project up. These are my first two projects. Both are Bible presentation boxes I made for friends & family.

The first one was the second one I built after gaining a bit of confidence that I would cut my fingers off. It is made of oak, walnut, and the cross is spalted pecan. It serves to operate a very primitive latch by sliding back. Must say, the pecan was so hard I had to shape it with a file.

The second box was the first I built. It’s constructed of walnut, oak, and hickory.

Will say the I hated working with the pecan, don’t much like the hickory, the oak is okay, and the walnut I like. As you can see, I’m not up on finishing yet.

The final two pics are where I get my wood.

Looking for some good criticism and hopefully to grow into some good woodworking.

-- Darrell B.

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#1 posted 09-30-2010 11:25 AM

Great looking box’s! THX for the post.

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

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#2 posted 09-30-2010 11:37 AM

See? Not that wasn’t hard at all. :) YOU DID IT! Hooray! And you have two nice boxes completed- and you still have your fingers. YES! You are ahead of me as I have yet to build anything that required a level, square of tablesaw. Keep building.. it just keeps getting better and better! :) Congratulations on two jobs well done.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#3 posted 09-30-2010 01:25 PM

Beautiful boxes, don’t give up on those two beautiful woods because they are really hard to work with. They are also beautiful. Great feeling of satisfaction to take wood in it’s raw state and finish it to a couple of beautiful boxes isn’t it? Great work.

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

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#4 posted 09-30-2010 03:35 PM

Your hard work paid off. The spalted pecan looks amazing. I didn’t realize pecan was such a hard wood.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#5 posted 09-30-2010 04:20 PM

Nice looking boxes. Thanks fof posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 09-30-2010 08:36 PM

Great Job !!! getting ready to start my first one, I will be happy if it looks half as good as yours !!

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#7 posted 09-30-2010 10:19 PM

Very nice looking box. Love the wood.

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#8 posted 10-01-2010 02:58 AM

Hard to be critical of those boxes. Love the lines and the wood choice.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#9 posted 10-02-2010 07:18 AM

Thanks for the kind words all. It was fun building them. I’ve been a couple of days just tooling around…and man oh man…talk about some world class builders!

-- Darrell B.

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#10 posted 10-09-2010 09:10 PM

You are at the right place to learn from the best, be entertained by the funniest, humbled by the meekest, amazed by the cleverest, and shocked by the extreme thinking of some of the builds. I kept my eye on a few LJs here, added them as buddies and put the watch out to look for their future builds. I also believe you are ahead of me too, so I will be watching you also. As Sam Maloof once said, “I’m still learning”. (Love that portable saw mill, Darnell)
There no better practice, than building a box. You can’t hide mistakes, but you can showcase quality.
I didn’t know Pecan was so hard to work either. Thanks.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#11 posted 10-10-2010 07:57 PM


-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#12 posted 10-10-2010 11:07 PM

Bradford, I agree totally!!! This is the absolute best woodworking sight I have seen; so much skill and inspiration. This is truly a site full of masters in the field without a doubt.

LOL…don’t know about me being ahead of ANYONE here. Will admit to being very immature when it comes to woodworking.

-- Darrell B.

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#13 posted 10-10-2010 11:20 PM

MichaelA, Yes that is the pecan on the cross. I slabbed up a large pecan tree the fell to a rather harsh storm. I was so poud of it…stacked it to dry and when it was ready, it quickly ate my knives on the plainer. Like a rock! Now I use a circular saw with a cheap blade and just burn my way through it to get a small trim piece. I work it with a file and sandpaper. It makes an outstanding accent piece, but will not do anything major with it. Most of it is nice and clear, but I’ve got the spalted stuff hidden away. Beautiful wood.

The slabber is an Alaskan small log mill that I run on the MS 310 Stihl, which is a bit small for what I am asking of it (I am really wanting something over 400). I believe your 365 would run it adequately. As far as running the sawmill??? I was very excited when I first got it. To be honest with you though, it is a LOT of work, and you lose a lot of wood due to the wide kerf of the chain. I usually cut wood just under 3” in thickness and then saw it up on the tablesaw. Saves me a lot of work and I end up with a lot more wood this way. I’d love to have a bandsawmill, but poor woodworkers have poor ways. If I didn’t have this little mill, I wouldn’t have any wood, so won’t complain.

-- Darrell B.

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#14 posted 10-12-2010 09:20 AM

I really like these boxes that pecan looks amazing. You are well blessed to have such a great supply of wood I wish we had the availability in the UK. By the way I like the chainsaw attachment never seen one before is it an expensive item Darrel?

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#15 posted 10-12-2010 03:26 PM

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