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Project by kdc68 posted 05-02-2021 02:03 PM 823 views 2 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Curly Keepsake Box

I’ve been hanging on to a small supply of curly white oak for a few years now. Good thing about being a wood hoarder is when you rediscover the beauty of a piece of wood that’s been in the rack for a long time.
For the body of the box I chose a very figured piece of curly white oak. I wanted contrast from the four legs so I chose curly maple to compliment the white oak.
I prefer NGR dye stains over typical wiping stains. There are no binders in a NGR dye stain, so the color goes deep into the grain of the wood as opposed to wiping stains that sit on the surface. I used Solar Lux Brown Maple for the oak.
To give the curly maple legs an added pop I dyed them as well. I used Transtint Vintage Maple dye mixed in filtered water. I applied generously and sanded back once dry. I used 220 grit sandpaper with a gentle approach to sand back the dye. The dye penetrates deeply in the curl and is less affected by sanding back. Doing this step a couple times really creates the bands of color.
The box is hinged with brass pins. I buy 1/8” brass rod by the foot to make the pins. The box is top coated with satin lacquer. And the inside is lined in ruby red velvet.

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once





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doubleDD

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#1 posted 05-02-2021 03:00 PM

Very nice box kdc. The grain flow following from the front to the top gives he stained oak a great compliment to the maple.

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

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kdc68

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#2 posted 05-02-2021 03:30 PM

Thank you Dave !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#3 posted 05-02-2021 03:32 PM

Beautiful little box, not sure I would of stained the Oak, that’s just me:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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splintergroup

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#4 posted 05-02-2021 03:37 PM

Looks awesome!

Normally I’m not a fan of butt joints because of the weak bond, but having the contrasting wood at the junctions (and dowels to boot) makes for a great design and of course more than sufficient strength. Great job with the fit and finishing plus a golf clap for that well designed jig!

Really nice!

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kdc68

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#5 posted 05-02-2021 03:46 PM


Beautiful little box, not sure I would of stained the Oak, that s just me:)

- Andre

Thank you! Wasn’t sure either but I like the results

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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kdc68

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#6 posted 05-02-2021 03:49 PM



Looks awesome!

Normally I m not a fan of butt joints because of the weak bond, but having the contrasting wood at the junctions (and dowels to boot) makes for a great design and of course more than sufficient strength. Great job with the fit and finishing plus a golf clap for that well designed jig!

Really nice!

- splintergroup

Thank you. Simple jig. Definitely not fancy

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Vince

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#7 posted 05-02-2021 03:51 PM

Nice work

-- Vince

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woodbutcherbynight

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#8 posted 05-02-2021 03:58 PM

BEAUTIFUL!!

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

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kdc68

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#9 posted 05-02-2021 04:02 PM



Nice work

- Vince

Thanks Vince!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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kdc68

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#10 posted 05-02-2021 04:02 PM



BEAUTIFUL!!

- woodbutcherbynight

Thank you!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Calmudgeon

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#11 posted 05-02-2021 04:25 PM

Very nice job. At a glance I wouldn’t have pegged that for oak.
Thanks for the image showing the dowel joints. It saved me worrying about the integrity of the joint.

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

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kdc68

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#12 posted 05-02-2021 04:30 PM



Very nice job. At a glance I wouldn t have pegged that for oak.
Thanks for the image showing the dowel joints. It saved me worrying about the integrity of the joint.

- Calmudgeon

Thanks! I make em with integrity!

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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awsum55

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#13 posted 05-02-2021 05:46 PM

That turned out great! I’ve never seen curly white oak before and the way you matched the grain is very attractive. I also appreciate the pics of how it was assembled, I was wondering if you mitered the tenons so the joint wouldn’t be weak. Never even thought of dowels. I don’t have a doweling jig, I might need to get one in the future.

-- John D, OP, KS

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kdc68

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#14 posted 05-02-2021 06:30 PM



That turned out great! I ve never seen curly white oak before and the way you matched the grain is very attractive. I also appreciate the pics of how it was assembled, I was wondering if you mitered the tenons so the joint wouldn t be weak. Never even thought of dowels. I don t have a doweling jig, I might need to get one in the future.

- awsum55

Thank you

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#15 posted 05-02-2021 07:42 PM

Wow! I don’t know how I missed this. Really good work and choice of woods. I appreciate the build pics and the sled for angles.

-- Petey

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