Apples make a Box

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Project by doubleDD posted 04-18-2022 02:41 PM 1823 views 2 times favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found a can of General Finishes cranberry red stain which I though was some kind of clear for the last few years. Still have no idea what it was purchased for but it was 1/2 gone.
Anyway I also had quite a few short round 4-5’’ blanks and either throw them out or do something with them.
Between the stain and the blanks I came up with apples.
They’re all around 4’’ to 4 1/2’’ dia. and 4’’ tall. Stained just enough to still have the grain bleed through and finished with lacquer. The stems are made from any dark wood that was in the scrap pile.
The theme was Apples for Easter and would make a nice gift for family members.

At first I was going to make solid apples but figured they would be more useful as a small box.

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

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#1 posted 04-18-2022 02:47 PM

Really nice….well done !

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#2 posted 04-18-2022 03:02 PM

We all know you wouldn’t dare throw them out :-) Very creative, great finish Dave!

-- "Art is never finished, only abandoned", "Learning never exhausts the mind" -Leonardo Da Vinci

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#3 posted 04-18-2022 03:04 PM

i just love these GREAT JOB :<)))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#4 posted 04-18-2022 03:05 PM

Dave, those look great and a wonderful idea.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#5 posted 04-18-2022 03:31 PM

Absolutely magnificant!! Incredible finish!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 04-18-2022 03:33 PM

Nice Apples DD²... doesn’t have to be segmented for a neat take on a bowl.

Can you do a Microsoft?

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

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#7 posted 04-18-2022 03:37 PM

Very nice, those have a very nice finish, and you picked a great color to match apples…

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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#8 posted 04-18-2022 03:39 PM

Looks like they would be comfortable in any kitchen setting. I see them quickly being “picked” and hoarded by anyone who sees them 8^)

Nice work DD!

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#9 posted 04-18-2022 03:49 PM

those are pretty cool dave.

-- 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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#10 posted 04-18-2022 04:47 PM

sure looks like a red delicious to me – good job !

-- 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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#11 posted 04-18-2022 05:28 PM

Those apple are beautiful Dave. Nicely done!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#12 posted 04-18-2022 05:29 PM

Those are great looking! Very nice job, love the color.

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#13 posted 04-18-2022 05:49 PM

Thanks everyone. This started as a fill in clean up shop project for fun and ended up everyone liking them.

Thanks Redoak49

Thanks Dan. Well a few got thrown out, most likely leftovers from can Koozies. Sometimes I have a problem of having more lumber than tools. But I’m working on it. Great problem I guess.

Thanks Tony. Throw a couple on the spinning machine and get rid of some scraps.

Thanks Eric. Little ideas are sometimes better than the big ideas. Fancy and too much thinking is not always better.

Thanks Ivan. I should of made the finish a candy apple finish. That’s too much work. hahaha

Thanks LBD. That’s a good idea for a segmented one. I’ll put it on the back list for some day. Not sure what you mean by Microsoft.

Thanks Mike. Yea that cranberry stain turned out better than I thought. I had to rub some off after it dried to keep more grain to show through. I wish I could remember the original project I purchased it for. LOL.

Thanks Splint. Two of the women said it would be good for to temporarily holding jewelry while cleaning. I may sneak a wooded one in the fruit bowl on the counter. See who tries to eat it first.

Thanks pottz. I get a grin when I look at them.

Thanks Dick. It must be the way the grain shows through on some. A couple look almost better than a real apple.
Maybe I should make a couple Granny Smiths. LOL.

Thanks Lee. It was good lathe time and time away from the tube.

Thanks adot45. Just glad people like them and maybe give them an idea also.

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

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#14 posted 04-18-2022 05:52 PM

Very clever. After this project I think the stain color needs to be changed to Apple Red.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#15 posted 04-18-2022 07:53 PM

They work better hollowed out or they could have made nice paper weights.

They must be the apple of your eye.

The color is nice and with the stems they are shaped like real apples

-- James E McIntyre

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