Vitamin Box

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Project by Tooch posted 11-15-2018 01:50 PM 762 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I Made this tray/box for my wife for her birthday. It’s meant to hold the vitamins, supplements, and medicine that we use on a daily basis. We were using an old plastic tray that came with a cologne gift pack from when I was in high school (picture 6) so I thought this would be more appropriate for our new kitchen.

I’m sure that it will eventually be re-purposed for something else that she wants, but for now I think it works just fine.

Made from Ambrosia maple (sapwood, very streaky) with Padauk splines, the waterfall look doesn’t line up perfectly but i think its pretty darn close. Faux feet were added as a last minute thing because I felt like it needed a little something more than flat sides. Multiple coats of spray lacquer (satin) with scuff sanding in between made this thing reeeeeeeaaally smooth :P

Thanks for looking!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 11-15-2018 01:59 PM

Nice job Tooch. That Ambrosia maple is beautiful wood. I should do something like this. We have medications and vitamins all over the house. Nice job following the grain.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 11-15-2018 04:22 PM

Nice upgrade. I like how some of the grain seems to follow around the corner.

-- ~Daniel

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#3 posted 11-15-2018 04:34 PM

Beautiful ambrosia maple box, Mike.. Great job on connecting the grain pattern around the corners!! I love it!

cheers, Jim

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

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#4 posted 11-15-2018 05:05 PM

Nice job. I’ve not seen Ambrosia with a stain line that had as much curve as the look of the one in the first pic. Makes it look like the box has a curve cut into it. Usually it seems the stain is more straight. I see there is a whorl in the grain, must have been a crotch. Very nice contrast between the woods, it makes the box for me.

Thanks for posting

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#5 posted 11-15-2018 06:48 PM

Very nicely done.

Too pretty for the assigned task; should be a table centerpiece.

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

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#6 posted 11-16-2018 01:33 AM

Pretty cool man…

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#7 posted 11-16-2018 02:27 AM

Very nice. I thought there was actually a curve on the front until I took a closer look. Really like that maple – great choice and nicely used.

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#8 posted 11-16-2018 02:40 AM

Thanks for all of the comments and nice words.

I really liked the curved stain line as well, and full disclosure, actually pulled this piece out and designed the box to highlight that section.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#9 posted 11-16-2018 06:29 PM

Nice box and that grain looks magnificant.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 11-21-2018 04:14 AM

Tooch, nice work. You have done a fine job of letting this magnificent piece of wood speak for itself. Great finish. Splines, faux feet, rounded corners, eased top edges, inset bottom, and careful attention to the wood itself all conspire to make this simple project a winner in so many ways. Nice story too. It is a leap ahead from the plastic tray.

I hope it doesn’t happen to you, but as I have moved on in life, I keep having to make bigger containers to hold my pills. This is a link to some containers I made to hold bottles, and Tide Pods. I have also made boxes to hold stuff beside my bed and decks of cards. The nice thing about having my boxes to use around the house is that they make me smile every time I use them. Hope you do the same.

-- Big Al in IN

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