A Spalted Ring Stash Box

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Project by splintergroup posted 12-25-2021 01:06 AM 1181 views 7 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A day late to get on the shelf at the gift shop, but oh well 8^)

Had a small plank of spalted maple kicking around the shop so I sliced off some veneers and tried to isolate the interesting sections to fit within a 3×10 frame.

The box it self is a popular design method, basically a “U” shaped channel with end caps. Some brass pins hinge the lid.

After all the trimming, etc. this box ended up about 11” x 5”, almost 4” tall.

Walnut with the spalted maple front/rear and another piece of figured maple for the lid (not enough of the spalted for the size required).

The interior tray is apricot and when lifted out a leather bottom hidey-hole about 1” deep is revealed.

The lift on the lid is ebony.

Spray can shellac and satin poly for the finish (amber button lac only for the apricot).

Dark paste wax slickens it all up.

For the spalted panels, I framed them with 1/2” walnut. Since I tend to pre-finish things like this and using butt joints, I had to figure a way to round over the edges without the panel in place since I can’t do that with the router bit I use.

DS tape and a board to the rescue!
The bit is a 1/8” roundover and the 1/8” diameter pilot bearing means I can get right into the corners.

The assembly had no trouble keeping in place while being shaped.

It’s easy enough to mask the panel so I can finish the frame with rattle can shellac for color and satin poly for protection.

Cutoffs from the bottom panel are jammed into the dados to keep the finish out. Ends are masked since they are part of the glue up to the sides.

For extra strength, I epoxy in screws to the panel ends and make oversized holes in the side caps. During assembly I’ll fill these holes part way, letting the screw heads get “locked in”;

Probably not really needed, but the panels are only butt jointed so…

You can see the masked area on the pre-finished end cap.

Some careful figgerin’ for the hinge hole placement and all ready to assemble.

I use a jig to align the center square to the sides with the proper offset. Dab the epoxy into the holes, apply some glue to the frame ends on one side only. I’ll dry fit the other side, clamp it up, then stand it on end with the glued side down. This allows the epoxy to settle around the screw head and not leak out as it tends to do on me.

One hour later I glue up the other end the same way (word to self, don’t forget to install the lid and spacers! 8^@ )

The tray is apricot, about 0.200” thick slats and about 1.25” deep. The bottom is a thin panel of solid apricot. The ring bars are from JewelreSupply,

The amber button lac gives a warm glow.

My fetish, copper, makes an appearance on the frames with copper rivets. These also are structural.

The sides are slightly rounded, walnut from a thick slab I had.

Thanks for dropping in, enjoy your holidays everyone!

32 comments so far

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#1 posted 12-25-2021 01:16 AM

Nice work splint,
Good design and good photo’s.
The spalted front makes it for me.

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#2 posted 12-25-2021 01:32 AM

That’s a looker, Splint! Merry Christmas to someone!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 12-25-2021 01:40 AM

Wow, gorgeous.

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#4 posted 12-25-2021 01:41 AM

Gorgeous box, Splint! The spalted front really makes it!

-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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#5 posted 12-25-2021 02:07 AM

Beautiful as always!
Great box…. Merry Christmas!

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#6 posted 12-25-2021 02:20 AM

Damn splinter you do a great box, but how’d your ears fare against Tyson.

I saw screws... I get moon-slapped just for thinking that.

All that crap aside, I appreciate the design and effort, and who can ignore the spalting with a ring to it.

Picture #2 is a total winner, even if the front is spectacular.

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

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#7 posted 12-25-2021 03:20 AM

Beautiful ring box you created there, Wonderful details and the craftsmanship is excellent.

Merry Christmas

-- Eric, building the dream

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#8 posted 12-25-2021 03:38 AM

Simply gorgeous. Outside is eye catching and then, wow, there’s the apricot tray. Another great project with a educational post to go along with it. :)

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#9 posted 12-25-2021 04:34 AM

That is one beautiful box, Bruce. Nice work on it….................Cheers, Jim

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

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#10 posted 12-25-2021 11:51 AM

Let’s see – what do I like best? The rivets, the walnut, the design? Or maybe the spalted maple front, possibly the figured maple, or the apricot tray? The whole piece looks great. This piece also reminds me that I need to branch out and try different finishes.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#11 posted 12-25-2021 12:16 PM

There are too many aspects of this box to pick out a shining example – each has their own spotlight on a very well done project

-- 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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#12 posted 12-25-2021 12:25 PM

Handsome box. Apricot looks very similar to olivewood.

-- WWBBJ: the first to compare a woman´s cheek to a rose was a poet. The second, an idiot. Dali

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#13 posted 12-25-2021 01:21 PM

That’s a lovely piece. Great workmanship.

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

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#14 posted 12-25-2021 01:59 PM

Beautiful. Thanks for the write-up and extra pics. Really like your work…

-- Tim in Tucson

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#15 posted 12-25-2021 02:19 PM

Very nice.

-- Gary, Florida

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