Crack a split board over your knee, what do you get?

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Project by KimAccurso posted 08-21-2018 11:33 PM 2649 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What to do…make a box lid and practice with the angle grinder :) So I had a walnut short that was split, so I broke it apart and here’s what it turned out to be. One side is the lid top with the knot acting as the handle and the other is the tray I went to town with. I intended for the tray to have two sections but the angle grinder said only one was do-able. So with much hand sanding, this is how it turned out. The box is butt jointed with walnut dowels, pin hinge lid. I messed up on the back side (one of those common ‘duh’ moments of mine) and ended up having to add the chain support instead of the lid supporting itself. My Grandpa loves the knot handle, the tray AND the chain support so all is OK with me :) He helped hold one set of pliers while I cut the chain apart and bent it back together around the eye screw. We did this together so it’s a little extra special. He hasn’t seen the final product with the nice black velvety upholstery fabric liner yet. I don’t have a destination for this box as of yet, I just wanted to see what I could do with that split board, really. Finished it with I think 5 coats of wipe on gloss poly. That tray really does shine, the grain is really pretty.

Critiques welcome and thanks for looking!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#1 posted 08-21-2018 11:52 PM

Great job. I like the pin hinge.

-- MrLaughingbrook

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#2 posted 08-22-2018 01:16 AM

Great box. I like the handle, but what makes it for me is the softly sculpted tray.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 08-22-2018 01:25 AM

By definition critiquing asks for negatives – sorry, I can’t see any negatives. All I see is one heck of a NICE box
That tray is the icing on the cake

-- 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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#4 posted 08-22-2018 02:34 AM

Beautiful box, Kim!! I like how you incorporated the natural edge! Very nice work on it and great finish!!
The mark a good woodworker is how they recover from mistakes and com out with a beauty like this!!
cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 08-22-2018 03:45 AM

F A N T A S T I C !

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#6 posted 08-22-2018 04:48 AM

Congratulations on a very nice box. Long time ago Dad said let the wood tell you what to make, sounds like you listened.

Nice job, thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#7 posted 08-22-2018 10:35 AM

great looking box….good job on the sculpting!!

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#8 posted 08-22-2018 02:24 PM

I just love your box Kim …. very nice that Grandpa had a hand in it also …. simply love the handle … finish…. tray …. GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#9 posted 08-22-2018 04:20 PM

That tray is gorgeous!

-- Dylan in St. Louis -

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#10 posted 08-22-2018 05:00 PM

It reads a little heavy because of wall thickness – thinner is lighter.

Very nice wotk, but all that skill is wasted on a piece of #2 common pine.


-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#11 posted 08-22-2018 06:16 PM

Very nice. I really like this design for small boxes (I’ve got one in my projects). Have to agree with Mark though, thinner walls on small boxes goes a long way towards lightening the piece.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#12 posted 08-22-2018 06:35 PM

Sometimes when you break a board over your knee all you get is a sore knee!
However, in this case you hit the sweet spot in this walnut and ended up with a beautiful piece with “natural” accents.

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

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#13 posted 08-22-2018 08:01 PM

The knot handle is a great idea. Like that you worked with your grandpa. I would have used stop hinges instead of the chain, but that is me. Your grandpa likes it and that is all that matters!

-- Petey

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#14 posted 08-22-2018 10:15 PM

Thanks for all the positives and negatives on this all – and I do agree about the wall thickness and I almost took the angle grinder to them to see if I could shape them but…..I don’t trust myself yet. I’d sure like to be like Andy but I don’t have that skill…yet :) I also agree the chain isn’t nice enough for a nice box but I didn’t have any stop hinges otherwise I would have used them. It was a fun project and I hope to come across something as interesting again. I’ll keep digging thru the ‘shorts’ bin at the hardwood store and break it over something more sturdy than my knee!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#15 posted 08-22-2018 11:01 PM

Great job! I love that tray. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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