Air dried Walnut

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Project by Nick424 posted 11-14-2018 04:14 AM 1465 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A fellow that I work with cuts a lot of firewood. I asked him one day if he ever came across interesting grain in pieces, crotch pieces, or best of all big burls or “warts” on the trees he cut. He said that he knows where there are some burls, and that he will cut them for me next time he is in the area.

He brought in a piece of walnut one day with a crotch in it. I took it home and cut it into 2” slabs and threw it under my wood rack. I checked it from time to time and it was finally dry enough to make something. I had told him I would give him a box if any of the wood he gave me turned out to be usable.

I think that this is quite “usable”. This was the first slice and the rest of the wood is better looking! Now I just have to decide what other beautiful things to make.

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#1 posted 11-14-2018 04:44 AM

Nick, what a beautiful box you have created. This will make a wonderful gift. The blended curve you put in the top of this box really accentuates the beauty of that walnut. The sapwood curves in the top and the amazing curls in the sides are spectacular. What a nice job of letting the wood speak for itself. This has a well done finish that brings out the richness of the wood.

I am not a fan of box joints. Though yours are very well done. Box joints are very strong and are useful in utilitarian boxes where strength is the major concern; however, to my eye, they are not as attractive as some other joints. You have built a box with a high level of craftsmanship, the wood is spectacularly beautiful, and you have let this wonderful wood show to its best advantage. I am looking forward to seeing what you make next. Thanks for sharing this with us. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 11-14-2018 10:08 AM

kinda what Allen said except I feel the box joint construction is a compliment to this beautifull box. One has to study to see the separation cut which makes it more appealing and I’m guessing you did it on the band saw or one of the thinnest table saw blades around.
Everything about this box is stellar

-- 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 11-14-2018 11:15 AM

Nice work, Nick! Great wood to start with, and a great looking box to show it off.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 11-14-2018 11:20 AM


-- I've quickly learned that being a woodworker isn't about making flawless work, rather it's fixing all the mistakes you made so that it appears flawless to others! Jay - FL

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#6 posted 11-14-2018 12:54 PM

All of the above apply for me too.

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 11-14-2018 01:22 PM

That wood is an outstanding find and you did a fantastic job highlighting it in the lid. And I, too, have a hard time seeing the separation point. Beautiful work and I’m sure the recipient was blown away.

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#8 posted 11-14-2018 02:02 PM

Nice box. That lid is a winner.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 11-14-2018 04:04 PM

Nice piece! Did you hand plane the top into that shape?

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#10 posted 11-14-2018 04:38 PM

That’s one really nice box. The walnut is just gorgeous. You did good.

-- 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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#11 posted 11-14-2018 05:09 PM

Wow. Image #4 looks like an aerial landscape shot with trees crossing a meadow. Or maybe that’s just my Rorschach interpretation of it. :-) Nice work.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#12 posted 11-14-2018 06:26 PM

Nice box, simple enough lines, let’s the wood do the talking.

Thanks for posting.

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#13 posted 11-14-2018 09:03 PM

Striking grain on the top…

Well done

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#15 posted 11-15-2018 12:12 AM

This is gorgeous.; especially the lid.

-- Gary, Florida

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