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Hand-Harvested Sea Salt Serving Box

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Project by CarlSanSoc posted 08-12-2021 12:15 AM 906 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In our travels we’ve acquired various hand-harvested sea salts whose various containers have added to the clutter on the table. As a skill-building project I decided to make this 12”x3”x3” box with some curly maple I’ve been saving. I resawed the 4/4 maple to make the top and bottom and used Brazilian Cherry for the sides. The mitered corners are splined with the curly maple. The piston fit individual compartments are made with 1/4” hard maple. That way I can swap out salts without having to dump the whole box. The half moon handle is mortised to the elevated piece of the cherry which is their to provide contrast and visual separation from the curly top. It’s attached to the top with brass screws. I’ll put silica gel packets in each compartment to keep the salt from hydrating. Finish is Tung Oil. Individual compartments have no finish.

-- Carl, Pennsylvania, "If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers." Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow"





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Eric

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#1 posted 08-12-2021 12:32 AM

That is a pretty looking box. Great job

-- Eric, building the dream

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#2 posted 08-12-2021 01:27 AM

Beautifully done. The color contrast works well.

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#3 posted 08-12-2021 01:31 AM

Beautiful work.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#4 posted 08-12-2021 01:54 AM

wifes been asking for a salt cellar,was going to turn one but maybe this might be better allowing for more than one kind.your given me some thought.nice work,it’s gorgeous.

-- 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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#5 posted 08-12-2021 02:18 AM

Yes!
Beautiful work and the wood choices are wonderful.

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#6 posted 08-12-2021 02:56 AM

Great looking project…Well done…Good choices all around…Beautiful…

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

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#7 posted 08-12-2021 03:01 AM

Great work! I really like it.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#8 posted 08-12-2021 10:28 AM

Really well done! Congrats on DT3

-- Petey

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#9 posted 08-12-2021 01:23 PM

Carl,

Nice work. The grain in the Curly Maple is beautiful. Sure your wife is delighted.

Went back and looked at your G & G bookcase. Also a fine piece.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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#10 posted 08-12-2021 02:01 PM

Excellent. Like the way the wood species work together.

Was it just the tung oil that is setting off the Curly Maple? Or did you dye it? Looks fabulous, more please on how you did it?

-- Think safe, be safe

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#11 posted 08-12-2021 03:29 PM

Beautiful job. I never knew there were that many different sea salts.

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

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CarlSanSoc

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#12 posted 08-12-2021 04:30 PM

Hi Steve,

Thank you. I had experimented with dye on the maple to see if I could get it to pop a little more but it added more warmth to the maple than I wanted so I opted to just go with straight tung oil; probably 3-4 coats. The last couple were wet-sanded with either 600 or 800; can’t remember. Then I used 0000 Norton pad to clean up any dust nibs between coats.

Carl


Excellent. Like the way the wood species work together.

Was it just the tung oil that is setting off the Curly Maple? Or did you dye it? Looks fabulous, more please on how you did it?

- therealSteveN


-- Carl, Pennsylvania, "If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers." Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow"

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CarlSanSoc

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#13 posted 08-12-2021 04:31 PM

Thanks. You would be surprised how many different regional sea salts there are.

Carl


Beautiful job. I never knew there were that many different sea salts.

- doubleDD


-- Carl, Pennsylvania, "If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers." Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow"

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adot45

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#14 posted 08-12-2021 05:13 PM

Nice design and excellent choice of materials, very attractive color contrasts.

-- “Often wrong but never in doubt”. Dave in WV.

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#15 posted 08-12-2021 09:29 PM

Great idea, and the box looks great!

Claude

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClaudesWoodcarving

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