Friendly contest, Robert and Dennis your votes count

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Project by Dennis Hunter / Laura Merchant posted 06-06-2012 02:35 AM 1877 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Robert brought me this wood about three weeks ago and challenged me to a contest to see who could make the better box out of the same wood for the sides so I told him ok. The wood is red wood but the top could be what ever so this is my box. I desided to round over the top and bottom of the lid and the top of the box to give it a different look and make it easy to open the design was free handed and I was able to make two boxes from the design I did but I can only show this one. Robert and I are good friends so which ever way it turns out its ok with me because he has my vote. So check out Robert Triplett page also to see his box and then vote for one or the other.
We want to thank everyone that helps us Dennis

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#1 posted 06-06-2012 02:43 AM

Sorry Dennis, Its a tie in my book.

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#2 posted 06-06-2012 02:45 AM

well….............I have seen them both and declare a tie in my eyes.

I do like the lid stop on this box. New to me but almost everything is new to me.

Good job Dennis

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

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#3 posted 06-06-2012 02:51 AM

Nice design Dennis. You also used the light colored Redwood. the two go well together. I think the wood on the top is Walnut. It was old and cheap, with a lot of sapwood. You made it look good. I used hinges that open part way, but your stop works well. I should know because I have copied it before!

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

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#4 posted 06-06-2012 03:04 AM

Stared at both for a while. Guess I slightly favor Dennis box. Aesthetic looks only.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 06-06-2012 03:21 AM

See my comment on Robert’s post for my vote. Dennis- how did you achieve the color difference using all redwood on your box sides? Stain? And the winner of this contest gets…...? I vote for more wood!

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

#6 posted 06-06-2012 03:28 AM

No stain two different colors

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#7 posted 06-06-2012 03:38 AM

I love the idea behind your contest, as well as the two boxes you made. Choosing between them is a matter of taste, not a judgement on craftmanship for you are both exelent woodworkers.
Since I prefer blondes my vote goes to Robert. The wood he added gives the box a lighter appearance.

-- Douwe

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#8 posted 06-06-2012 03:50 AM


I too love the idea behind your contest, what a great way to have fun and sharpen your skills!!!!

First, your box is beautiful. I particularly like the curl in the light colored wood against the redwood. I also like the tray. I do however have to vote for one, and that is for Roberts. I think his attention to detail was did it for me. What I mean is his selection of other woods, raised top and figured bottom. Keep up the great work!

Very Respectfully,


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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robert triplett

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#9 posted 06-06-2012 03:55 AM

Andy, the Redwood was two different pieces. The dark wood came from Mendocino, CA and the lighter came from Chico, Ca. the lighter colored wood was actually very dense and heavy. I was told it was ‘compression’ wood from the bottom of a BIG Redwood. Dennis did a good job using them as he did. I saved my piece of the light colored wood for a different box. robert

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

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#10 posted 06-06-2012 08:56 AM

Dennis i told the other that is was hard to decide they are both great ,but i thing his is a little on top,i will have to vote for his but yours looks beautiful i wish i could do one that good

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#11 posted 06-06-2012 11:22 AM

Nice build Dennis, but it’s hard to beat a box with a great top. So maybe the secret to a nice box is it’s top.

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#12 posted 06-06-2012 12:33 PM

Kool little contest. You both are winners. You both have gr8 boxes, designs, details. My .02

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#13 posted 06-06-2012 02:28 PM

Both boxes look great, I think I actually enjoy this look more than the other. So on asthetics this one wins. But the other box has more complex craftsmanship. This is my winner if you were picking looks alone. The other is the winner if you were looking for craftsmanship.

Id be thrilled to have either box and I think I might try to make something similar to this box sometime.

-- Don't Tread on me

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#14 posted 06-06-2012 02:46 PM

See my post on Robert’s site!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#15 posted 06-06-2012 02:56 PM

I vote for this one.

-- If the world was a logical place, men would be the ones who ride horses sidesaddle.

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