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Horse Chestnut Box from Backyard Tree

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Project by jjoe posted 12-06-2021 09:08 PM 759 views 6 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been about three years since my brother-in-law’s brother took my diseased horse chestnut tree down. He didn’t charge me anything, he doesn’t know me that well, he’s just a pretty terrific guy.

I had another brother-in-law slab the logs and they are all dry enough to start working with now. I made this box, with the exception of the walnut splines, from horse chestnut. I plan to give it to him for Christmas as a small token of appreciation.

It’s roughly 11 x 7-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches tall. Big enough to hold business envelopes in the bottom if he wants to. The lid has a little burly action going on, the sides have some interesting grain that is matched at all four corners. I thought the hole in the handle fit nicely with the simple lines of the box. The wood was supposed to be the main feature, and I tried not to distract from it.

The finish is sprayed amber waxed shellac to deepen the color, with clear unwaxed shellac as a sealer, and semi-gloss lacquer as a topcoat. To change things up just a little and add some contrast, I used only clear shellac as a sealer on the lift-out tray.

I sanded lightly with 400 grit and finished off with a white scotch pad. I will wax it after I think the lacquer has cured, but I think it looks and feels great already.

I’m pleased with the fit, the tray drops in slowly with a piston fit. You can feel the air beneath it escape. The lid has a nice reveal and the box is square. Not a big deal for most of you guys out there, but everything doesn’t always come together for me… This time it did.

Anyway, thanks for looking and leave some comments… good or critical, would you have done anything different?. I’m trying to learn what works and what doesn’t.

-- Just a Joe





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987Ron

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#1 posted 12-06-2021 09:30 PM

Very nice box, like the the curved edge on the top, ads to the image.

-- Ron

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#2 posted 12-06-2021 09:30 PM

I think you did outstanding work! Im not immediately drawn to the wood itself. My eye gravitates towards those beautifully done curves that reveal the lid. However I wouldn’t change a thing. The book matched grain around the corners is just more for the eye to discover as you look over this piece,

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#3 posted 12-06-2021 10:54 PM

thats gonna be a pretty nice thank you.love the color of that chestnut,and i like the design,very graceful.real nice work.

-- 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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#4 posted 12-06-2021 11:48 PM

Pretty dang nice, really like them angled splines:) Kinda wish I saw this a couple of hours ago!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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rtbrmb

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#5 posted 12-07-2021 12:50 AM

Excellent work- I think the grain and design go perfectly together. Grain wrap is always a detail I like…..

I looked at your other projects and the yield from that chestnut tree is impressive & you probably have a lot more left.

Thanks for posting.

Bill in MI

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#6 posted 12-07-2021 01:12 AM

I like the curves on that box. Probably gonna borrow the design. Thank you for posting.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#7 posted 12-07-2021 02:26 AM

That is a nice looking box. It will be a nice gift. Great job.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#8 posted 12-07-2021 02:40 AM

Very thoughtful gift. You did a great job with the design, grain flow, and many fine details. Thanks for sharing the background story.

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#9 posted 12-07-2021 02:56 AM



I think you did outstanding work! Im not immediately drawn to the wood itself. My eye gravitates towards those beautifully done curves that reveal the lid. However I wouldn t change a thing. The book matched grain around the corners is just more for the eye to discover as you look over this piece,

- sansoo22


I had hoped the wood would (wood-would, ha ha) have a little more punch to it myself. I think I could have cut it so the grain ran straighter and then the figure may have wrapped the sides for a nicer look. I’m trying not to waste material in the boards, but I think I need to in order to get a better presentation next time. Thanks for the comment.

-- Just a Joe

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#10 posted 12-07-2021 03:00 AM



thats gonna be a pretty nice thank you.love the color of that chestnut,and i like the design,very graceful.real nice work.

- pottz


Do you really like the color? I was afraid that the amber shellac may have been a mistake. The wood is naturally pretty white, the shellac was supposed to make it pop but in the end I’m not really sure that I would do it that way again. Glad you like it. I guess everyone has different preferences and I need to keep that in mind. Thanks!

-- Just a Joe

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#11 posted 12-07-2021 03:01 AM



Very nice box, like the the curved edge on the top, ads to the image.

- 987Ron


Thank you. I made a smaller version a while back and my wife thought I should try a larger one. I got to tell you that smaller boxes are a lot more fun for me.

-- Just a Joe

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jjoe

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#12 posted 12-07-2021 03:02 AM



Pretty dang nice, really like them angled splines:) Kinda wish I saw this a couple of hours ago!

- Andre


Thanks. I thought the sort of complimented the curves.

-- Just a Joe

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jjoe

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#13 posted 12-07-2021 03:07 AM



Excellent work- I think the grain and design go perfectly together. Grain wrap is always a detail I like…..

I looked at your other projects and the yield from that chestnut tree is impressive & you probably have a lot more left.

Thanks for posting.

Bill in MI

- rtbrmb


Thank you. I do have what seems like a lot still. I had the log milled into 10-12ft lengths and 2-1/2 -3 inches thick. I thought that there was going to be a lot of spalting and crazy grain, but as I’m looking through the top of the stack, most of it seems pretty ordinary. Hopefully, as I work down into the stack, there will be some good stuff. I don’t really have room to restack and sort…

-- Just a Joe

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jjoe

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#14 posted 12-07-2021 03:10 AM



I like the curves on that box. Probably gonna borrow the design. Thank you for posting.

- 489tad

Disclaimer here. I already borrowed this design from https://www.custommade.com/by/briantyirinwoodworking/ He hasn’t posted anything for quite some time. I hope he is ok. He has some really great designs.

-- Just a Joe

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#15 posted 12-07-2021 03:28 AM

Beautiful wood, beautiful box, you worked the grain perfectly. Nice work.

-- Think safe, be safe

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