Ugly Claro Cut-Off Begs to Become a Slide-Top Box

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Project by DeLayne Peck posted 08-27-2018 05:28 AM 2368 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A psychiatric disorder that primarily occurs among woodworkers. Results from protracted, extreme isolation in the environment of a woodshop. Symptoms manifest as conversations with equipment and materials that are perceived to be real.

“I want to be a useful little box,” the small claro walnut block said. My reply, “sure, but you’ll have to be resawed.” “Let’s go,” said the block, “take me to Mr. Band Saw.”

And so the project began. I enjoyed experimenting with miters on the lid and the pull. I’ve gotten compliments from other boards in the shop.

Claro Walnut, 4” x 4” x 3 1/2 ” H. Two coats of Danish Oil.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#1 posted 08-27-2018 10:19 AM

You answered it’s call quite handily, job well done.

“I want to be a useful little box,” the small claro walnut block said. My reply, “sure, but you’ll have to be resawed.” “Let’s go,” said the block, “take me to Mr. Band Saw.”

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 08-27-2018 12:04 PM

Great job. A real “conversation” piece.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 08-27-2018 01:11 PM

Hah. I like the backstory, and the box. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 08-27-2018 03:22 PM

I like the box, love that swirly grain, and can appreciate the work. Nice job.

Mostly thanks for making me laugh with your opening. Lumbercosis: I think I have it.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 08-27-2018 04:24 PM

When you make a work of art, the wood shows it beauty. Well done!

-- socrbent Ohio

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#6 posted 08-27-2018 06:59 PM

Don’t worry, you aren’t suffering from a mental disorder, you are just attuned to the voices of the wood – like our ancestors were in the days before smartphones and social media. :-)

No wood is ugly, it is just waiting to have its inner beauty released by a skilled woodworker.

Great job on the box, those wood spirits were steering you in the right direction. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#7 posted 08-27-2018 08:25 PM

Ah ha, the “box elder” built a claro walnut box!
I have a lot of wood calling my name too but then I hear a female voice calling my name, I voice cannot ignore.
A really nice weekend project, from a block to a box, well done sir!

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

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#8 posted 08-27-2018 08:25 PM

doesn’t the wood tell us all what it wants to be??

Nice work!

-- Petey

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#9 posted 08-28-2018 06:43 AM

DeLayne, what a fun read. First, i like the look of the box. You did a top notch job of utilizing the wood you had for the project. The grain is lovely. The carved pull is especially nice.

I understand the conversation. Sometimes I tell the wood what it wants to be and sometimes the wood tells me. So far the wood in my shop and I are happy with the arrangement. When I walk into the shop it is like asking a class of kindergarten children and easy question. Everyone raises raises their “hands” and says “Me, me, me!” So many projects; so little time.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 08-28-2018 12:09 PM

Yes! Fun post and gorgeous box. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dylan in St. Louis -

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