Appreciating Grandma's Cooking - Recipe Box

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Project by Dust_Maker posted 03-14-2012 01:40 AM 1684 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just before my grandfather died I was able to write him a letter to try to capture some of what he had meant to me. This box is a non-verbal attempt to express some of the same thoughts for my grandmother. I will be adding a verbal attempt too, but this was the first step.

The wood is walnut from Kansas (sides), cherry from Alabama (lid), pine from Lowes (interior boxes) and ebony (drawer handle) from craigslist. I milled and dried the walnut and cherry. The finish is Formby’s tung oil finish topped by finishing wax.

I learned a few things along the way that I would do differently, and I would appreciate observations you all may have that would make the next one better.

-- Jonathan 2Cor. 4:6

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#1 posted 03-14-2012 03:20 AM

Beautiful wood and great craftsmanship.

Wonderful job.

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#2 posted 03-14-2012 03:39 AM

Good Green and Green concept. You might consider splines in the smaller trays.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 03-14-2012 04:45 PM

Boxguy, would the splines be for strength or aesthetics? I’ve not tried splines yet, so that is a great suggestion either way.

Thanks for the input.

-- Jonathan 2Cor. 4:6

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#4 posted 03-14-2012 04:49 PM

Hecks yeah, Grandma’s cookin. I really like it just the way it is. I like the surface of the inner lid the best; like the character. Looks like the lid twisted on you a bit; I like that too. It’s just a very “real” looking piece to me, clearly handmade with a lot of love. I really, really like it.

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

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#5 posted 03-15-2012 12:05 AM

My observation is that it’s a nice box. I’ve been wanting to make one. Just haven’t found a good idea yet. I’d like to make one for my niece (9 yrs old) but I don’t think she’d appreciate splined corners etc.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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