Little Box for the Doctor

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Project by robert triplett posted 02-03-2011 07:26 AM 2282 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was talking with a local guy who mills slabs of Pine, and Juniper, or whatever else he can get here. He had two small slabs of Maple sitting out in the snow. He said they were punky (SPALTED!!) and rotting. I could have them. I only took one. 48” x 24” x 2 1/2”. The wood had a lot of soft parts, but I was able to band saw out some pieces for a few boxes and some bowl blanks. In the meantime I cut my thumb on the table saw and the doctor who did follow up care got this box. He said I could do the co-pay in wood!!!. I explained that wood can be more precious to me than $. He plays music with my wife and this will hold guitar picks, etc. He really wants a guitar stand, but the cut wasn’t that bad! The box is about 6” x 4” x 3”. The front of the top overhangs the front so it is easy to open. Watco Danish Oil for the finish. I used a piece of 1/4” Cherry plywood for the bottom. I am afraid that the bowl blanks may fall apart on the lathe despite a lot of CA glue that I have used, but I have to try. Thanks for looking.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#1 posted 02-03-2011 09:38 AM

nice box.
i had a bunch of logs that were all nasty and was going to straight throw them away and i thought “man i got to cut into this crap wood, imagine if its beautiful, omg i hope it is please….” and nope it was nasty, real shame.
ha i filled mine and three of my neighbors trashcans with it.

-- Ben L

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#2 posted 02-03-2011 10:45 AM

You can never tell just what will be found in an ugly bit of wood… Yours seems to funky not punky….

-- Be safe.

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#3 posted 02-03-2011 11:27 AM

Great work and love the wood. Nice save!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 02-03-2011 02:40 PM

Nice box. I really like the grain..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 02-03-2011 03:07 PM

Lucky doctor. Really beautiful box.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 02-03-2011 04:03 PM

wow! That’s really beautiful :)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#7 posted 02-03-2011 05:22 PM

wow…very nice!

-- LumberJock-ette

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#8 posted 02-03-2011 05:34 PM

Great piece there, Robert. You must have been dying to put the oil to that wood…great save. Skip

-- Skip from Batavia, purveyor of fine and exotic sawdust & chips.

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#9 posted 02-03-2011 05:57 PM

Beautiful box. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 02-03-2011 06:21 PM

Looks really great and I kmow the doc has to be very happy with getting it. It is sad that a piece of wood has to start rotting in order to look that good.

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#11 posted 02-03-2011 06:59 PM

If there was good wood to be found in that discarded piece, you certainly found it. It is really beautiful wood. I laughed out loud when you said the cut wasn’t bad enough to warrant a guitar stand – Lets hope when you build him a guitar stand, it is a comissioned piece! Nice work.

-- -Jay Hartman - Morrisville, PA

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#12 posted 02-03-2011 07:11 PM

Gorgeous! That is some exceptional looking wood. Thanks for sharing.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#13 posted 02-04-2011 09:14 PM

Nice looking material! Great job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#14 posted 02-06-2011 11:48 PM

Very nice box. I love working with spalted maple, great colors and figure.

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