Bois de Arc/Hedgeapple/Osage Orange Box with Wooden Hinge

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Project by gfadvm posted 05-24-2012 12:32 AM 9252 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love hedge. It is hard, sparks will come off your tools, and it doesn’t play well with planers. But it is so cool looking! Dimensions”12×7x4 1/2”. Box joints, Shipwright hinge, ‘antique ply bottom’. Finish is 5 coats shellac. The live edge is actually where the wood split and I wire brushed the split to create the live edge effect.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#1 posted 05-24-2012 12:53 AM

Definitely a cool wood Andy. I made the saw frame on my chevalet from it and use it wherever strength, hardness or color cry out for it.
On another topic…... nice box! love the color.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 05-24-2012 01:01 AM

Thanks guys. Nope Jonathan, I post them as soon as the finish dries. I admit to being a bit compulsive but I’m one of those people who has to be doing something! I just put 2 coats of finish on my first EZ Miter box today so be on the lookout.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 05-24-2012 01:08 AM

Very Nice.

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#4 posted 05-24-2012 01:14 AM

Wow Andy, That looks cool!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#5 posted 05-24-2012 01:22 AM

Love the joinery….spot on!

The box is beautiful. Good job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 05-24-2012 01:25 AM

Andy, this is another awesome box. I love the color. Your work really makes me want to do some wooden hinges. They seem like such a cool touch to add to a box.

I was reading the comments and I want to try the EZ Miter boxes also. I will have to go back and do my research and see what I can come up with.

Have a great night Andy

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#7 posted 05-24-2012 01:28 AM

Great project,great work and great write up. Love your wood hinge.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 05-24-2012 01:35 AM

well andy i really like this wood, and it really looks cool, but…i do see one little thing…should i say it or forget it…lol…...lets see if you see it and say or if you want me to pm you .lol…...grizz….i would like to get some of that wood, i dont know if we have it here in bama, but im going to look and see…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 05-24-2012 02:35 AM

Send me a pm Grizz so you don’t embarass me publicly! I’d send you some but mine comes in the form of logs that weigh a ton. I would bet it grows there as it grows about everywhere and is a TOUGH tree. But so is mesquite and it won’t grow where I live. Wierd huh?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 05-24-2012 02:49 AM

Another nice box Andy.
You have this design down pat.

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#11 posted 05-24-2012 03:02 AM

Nice grain. Love the wood. Of course the craftsmanship is top notch.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#12 posted 05-24-2012 03:52 AM


Great work. You have mastered this form completely. Osage Orange is a beautiful wood, but like you say it is tough to work with. I like it even more as it ages and deepens in color. Your wooden hinge is such a nice touch and it really adds to this box. Keep posting and keep boxing.

-- Big Al in IN

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#13 posted 05-24-2012 03:59 AM

Great choice of wood and joinery!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#14 posted 05-24-2012 04:05 AM

Andy…as always, your boxes are extremely nice and looking great. This is a really nice piece of wood and yo have tamed it well.

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#15 posted 05-24-2012 05:29 AM

Thanks for sharing this one. Your box joints look great and the wood is beautiful.

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

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