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Project by recycle1943 posted 05-10-2020 06:47 PM 1752 views 2 times favorited 50 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another walnut dowel rod hinge box except I’m not sure what the ‘spalted’ wood is. Actually, I’m not even sure it’s spalted and not just a multi-colored wood. it has a chocolate color with a few yellow flecks throughout. It’s light like pine but doesn’t cut like pine and definitely doesn’t smell like pine. If I could remember where I got it I could possibly identify it but that’s long gone so your guess as to the species is probably better than mine.
As far as the box itself, it’s 11” x 6” x 3 1/2” with 7/16” walls and lid. I used some of the figured walnut for corner posts, trim for the lid and a center piece for the front and back. Because of the box being just butt joints I drilled and glued 1/8” dowel rod pins for stability and strength.
The bottom is 1/4” walnut plywood with blue velvet for the floor and the walnut shoiwing on the outside bottom. I intially had the lid cut and sanded flush with the front panel but it was difficult to tell front from back and more difficult to open it. My solution was to make a handle out ot the same stock fit it to the lid and drill and install 1/8” dowel pins for support.
Here’s a picture of the hinge

and the handle

As always, thanks for looking and comments (good or bad ) are always welcome.

-- 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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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#1 posted 05-10-2020 07:18 PM

Hey hey hey! Thats a super sweet box, Dick. Youre having some fun, I can tell. Love that little grain reveal on the handle. Is that gonna be for market, or is it a keeper…............

-- WWBBJ: the first to compare a woman´s cheek to a rose was a poet. The second, an idiot. Dali

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recycle1943

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#2 posted 05-10-2020 07:55 PM

Thanks Brian – it was a fun build. The reveal was really an accident, it appeared when I was shaping it.
Yep, probably sell it if I had a market. Linda kept the first walnut box so I’m good for a while

-- 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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MrWolfe

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#3 posted 05-10-2020 08:49 PM

Great box Dick!
I like the contrast between the mystery wood and the walnut. I have no idea what the mystery wood is but it has some nice character. I especially like the handle/pull.
Great clean lines and finish!
Jon

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pottz

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#4 posted 05-10-2020 08:57 PM

whatever it is it’s beautiful.nice work dick.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Oldtool

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#5 posted 05-10-2020 09:21 PM

Very nice, very nice indeed. Nice touch with the dowel pins, adds a flair of distinction, classy.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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recycle1943

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#6 posted 05-10-2020 09:22 PM



Great box Dick!
I like the contrast between the mystery wood and the walnut. I have no idea what the mystery wood is but it has some nice character. I especially like the handle/pull.
Great clean lines and finish!
Jon
- MrWolfe

Thanks Jon, been moving that piece around all winter ‘cause it wasn’t big enough for anything then I remembered I had re-saw capabilities.

-- 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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recycle1943

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#7 posted 05-10-2020 09:23 PM



whatever it is it s beautiful.nice work dick.

- pottz

Thanks Pottz

-- 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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recycle1943

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#8 posted 05-10-2020 09:24 PM



Very nice, very nice indeed. Nice touch with the dowel pins, adds a flair of distinction, classy.

- Oldtool

Thanks, the dowel pins was an after thought – couldn’t put splines in it, would have totally destroyed the character

-- 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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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 05-10-2020 09:57 PM

Real nice box. Dick.

Cheers, Jim

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

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recycle1943

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#10 posted 05-10-2020 10:10 PM



Real nice box. Dick.

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh

Thanks Jim

-- 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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#11 posted 05-10-2020 10:17 PM

Very nice. Glad to see you using some of your talents in boxmaking. You are much the craftsman and I like stealing (copying) some of your ideas. Keep them coming.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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anthm27

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#12 posted 05-10-2020 10:53 PM

Very Nice work, Nice original colors and design.
Regards
Anthm

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#13 posted 05-10-2020 10:56 PM

Great looking box Dick!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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recycle1943

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#14 posted 05-10-2020 11:08 PM



Very nice. Glad to see you using some of your talents in boxmaking. You are much the craftsman and I like stealing (copying) some of your ideas. Keep them coming.

- poospleasures


Very Nice work, Nice original colors and design.
Regards
Anthm

- anthm27


Great looking box Dick!

- woodshaver Tony C


Anthony, Tony – thanks for looking
Vernon – I’m just about ready

-- 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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splintergroup

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#15 posted 05-10-2020 11:54 PM

Nice work trimming out and combining the woods, the contrast is really cool!

That mystery wood looks a lot like maple with a tinge of ambrosia coloring, but then again probably not. Either way it looks great with the generally tame walnut. The added pull was a huge win!

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