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Project by recycle1943 posted 05-28-2020 11:46 PM 575 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

over a month ago I made something with the 5/4 quarte sawn sycamore that I found. In the process I ended up with half a dozen cut-offs that I just couldn’t bear to toss out. So one day I found some purple herat cut-offs that were meant to go into bowls but instaed I glued them together and cut them at 22 1/2 degrees and glued that group together and then that to a piece of 1/4” luan.
I’ve been moving it around for several weeks and finally decided it was going to be a lid for that box I hadn’t made yet. Then I realized I had 3 pieces of sassafras about 12” long that I had inlaid some 1/4” square walnut strips that were cut-offs from some other job. It was decided that would be the body but first I had to laminate a purple heart strip to accept the lid that was already made. I had already decided that the lid would be a lift off seamless lid.
The purple heart box is 8 1/8” long x 4 3/4” wide x 3 1/2” high. I mitered the corners but the body walls are only 3/8” thick and I couldn’t see a pleasing way the add splines so I drilled and installed 1/8” dowel rod for corner support. I put a piece of dark blue velvet in the bottom in the hopes it would go ok with the purple heart.
The second box is pretty much the same story except the lift off lid is butternut inset in a rabbit with the unknown wood as a handle. The body ( walnut ) and the lid are resawn pieces from the Giving Hands Tree I made last year and the handle is a piece of the orange wood I acquired last week. This box is 8 3/16” long x 4 11/16” wide x 2 5/16” high not counting the handle which makes it 1/2” higher. This box got a piece of red felt on the bottom and with 1/2” walls I used 1/4” dowels for corner support and has the seamless lift off lid.
The only thing I can say about the orange handle is that it cuts easy, shapes well, sands beautifully and feels like waxed glass with a finish. Even tho you can see plenty of grain configuration there is no grainy feel at all. smooth like babys well you know.

here’s a couple body pics
Purple Heart corner

walnut/sassafras box


Thanks for looking and I’m still searching for a species name for the orange wood.
Comments and build help is 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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Oldtool

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#1 posted 05-29-2020 12:04 AM

Very nice creations, the contrasting woods add an air of elegance to the appearance. I especially like the dowels on the corners, great joinery.

-- "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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#2 posted 05-29-2020 12:30 AM

Lovely Job Dick,
Hay did you drill those dowel holes with the dowel-max? Maybe a brad point bit?
They look great.
Kind Regards
Anth (Covid free still)

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

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recycle1943

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#3 posted 05-29-2020 12:42 AM



Very nice creations, the contrasting woods add an air of elegance to the appearance. I especially like the dowels on the corners, great joinery.

- Oldtool

Thanks, I’ve taken a liking to dowels instead of splines

-- 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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#4 posted 05-29-2020 12:46 AM



Lovely Job Dick,
Hay did you drill those dowel holes with the dowel-max? Maybe a brad point bit?
They look great.
Kind Regards
Anth (Covid free still)

- anthm27

Thanks Anthony – Brad point on the drill press.

-- 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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oldrivers

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#5 posted 05-29-2020 12:53 AM

Very nice boxes I like the wood combinations, looks good. Great job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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recycle1943

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#6 posted 05-29-2020 01:05 AM



Very nice boxes I like the wood combinations, looks good. Great job.

- oldrivers

Thanks – both boxes are cut offs from other projects

-- 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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#7 posted 05-29-2020 02:08 AM

Nice boxes, Dick…very unique!

cheers, Jim

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

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#8 posted 05-29-2020 02:58 AM

Nice boxes Dick, colorful, and creative.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 05-29-2020 03:09 AM

Very cool boxes Dick. I too like the dowels. I like the splines also set deeper to act as a tray support. You just gave me a idea on my next box. Nice idea the way you rabbited the handle in the lid.

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

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#10 posted 05-29-2020 07:32 AM

Mystery wood- osage orange?

Fantastic boxes, Dick. Increible! That chevron pattern top is real sweet.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.

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crowie

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#11 posted 05-29-2020 09:34 AM

Beautifully done Dick, they both gorgeous.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#12 posted 05-29-2020 09:40 AM

Dick,

A couple of very precise and very well laid out, presented and finished boxes !!

-- Regards Rob

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recycle1943

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#13 posted 05-29-2020 10:09 AM

@Jim Jakosh – Thanks Jim
@therealSteveN – Thanks, the neat thing is every bit of wood is cut offs from something else
@doubleDD – Thanks Dave, splines as tray support, I’m going to try that on a bigger box
@wildwoodbybrianjohns – Thanks Brian, my known osage orange is yellow, this wood is a bright orange
@crowie – Thanks crowie
@robscastle – Thanks Rob

-- 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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Peteybadboy

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#14 posted 05-29-2020 10:43 AM

Very nice boxes. The lids and handels are a cool idea. You give me more reason not to throw any small piece out!

-- Petey

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recycle1943

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#15 posted 05-29-2020 11:35 AM


Very nice boxes. The lids and handels are a cool idea. You give me more reason not to throw any small piece out!

- Peteybadboy

Thanks Petey, I had so many 1/4” pieces of walnut cut offs that I finally put them on ebay – gone

-- 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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