Recipe Box

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Project by jjoe posted 04-10-2021 12:27 AM 826 views 4 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My oldest granddaughter just eloped and the women in our families are throwing a celebration shower. I had not made her a recipe box yet, but the ladies want to give her their favorite recipes and I was called on to supply the box.

Everything but the lid is made from the chestnut tree she climbed as a child that had to be taken down a few years ago. The lid is made from a veneer that I made from a nicely figured piece of maple firewood that my brother in law gave me.

I cut the sides so that the grain matches at all four corners. The splines are walnut that I got from my father’s stash when he passed away. The bottom is a piece of myrtle wood (I think) also from my father’s stash. So the box is a true family affair.

I’m particularly proud of the top as it was trimmings from a board that was used as a top for a larger box that I made a few years ago. It was pretty, but too thin to use for anything at the time. I had set it underneath another board to try and keep it flat. I had forgotten it but found it when looking for something special for the lid to this recipe box. I bought a little 10/20 drum sander last year and was able to sand this piece down to less than an 1/8th of an inch, then glued it to a piece of 1/4 inch plywood with a slightly less attractive piece of the same maple on the bottom. I really like the way it turned out.

I struggled with the finish, just like always. It’s lacquer sprayed with the cheap Harbor Freight gun. I love the way the gun sprays compared to a rattle can, but I always sand through. I’ll bet I spayed nearly a quart of lacquer before I quit sanding through. I used 400, 1000, 1500, 2000 and 2500 grit before polishing it with some Nu Finish Scratch Doctor. I’ll wax it in a week or so.

It may not be the fanciest box I’ve made but all in all, I think this is best fitting, finished box I’ve made to date. It’s my best work for one of my favorite granddaughters.

Thanks for looking at it.

-- Just a Joe

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#1 posted 04-10-2021 12:34 AM

Really a beauty! Job well done…

Fantastic looking wood, great finish….The work put in really paid off…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 04-10-2021 01:25 AM

Very nice, I like the splines.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 04-10-2021 01:26 AM

Love the story behind the project. I like the clean lines and that each piece has a special meaning. Great looking finish!! Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 04-10-2021 01:38 AM

Totally outstanding. That wood grain is wonderful. It’s sure to be a treasured momento for years to come.

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#5 posted 04-10-2021 01:39 AM

Nice looking box and nice story to go with it.

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#6 posted 04-10-2021 02:43 AM

man that is damn sweet !!!

-- 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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#7 posted 04-10-2021 09:24 AM

Great work and story! Love the history behind the wood. the grain matching is spot on nice attention to the details!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 04-10-2021 10:07 AM

That is one mean looking box jj.

.... Everything but the lid is made from the chestnut tree she climbed as a child…
- jjoe

If they paid tribute to the tree I climbed as a child, it would have been burnt.

My oldest granddaughter just eloped…
- jjoe

Not putting it on the young lass, but a couple of McDonald’s vouchers could be a handy addition to the box.
Even if just as a gag… (but we all may know better).

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#9 posted 04-10-2021 11:13 AM

Beautiful craftsmanship and the grains that pop out are outstanding. Very nice design, and the story makes it all the better. Great job.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#10 posted 04-10-2021 11:53 AM

Simple, elegant…. great box.

-- Madburg WA

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#11 posted 04-10-2021 12:45 PM

Great box and it contains a lot of memories besides recipes!!


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

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#12 posted 04-10-2021 01:50 PM

The continuous grain almost gives the impression it was fashioned out of a solid ingot of wood.
Very nice job.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#13 posted 04-10-2021 01:53 PM

Really nice box!!!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#14 posted 04-10-2021 02:01 PM

beautiful recipe box – It’s sure bring up a memeory with every card pulled out

-- 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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#15 posted 04-10-2021 04:06 PM

Beautiful recipe box! I should try one. If I could make them half as good as yours, I have several granddaughters that would like one.

-- Gary -

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