Cherry Recipe Box with Maple Leaf

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Project by CueballRosendaul posted 08-02-2012 06:10 PM 2165 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a batch of recipe boxes this past Christmas (2011). All were cherry, but each one had a different leaf applied to the lid. I kept the construction simple with miter joint corners so I could wrap the grain around the corners. Material is 1/2” cherry. The lid simply has a rounded back edge and is hinged on a pair of brass screws. When closed it rests on the corner supports that reinforce the miters. The inside of the lid has a kitchen weights & measures conversion chart in stainless steel. I also put a tiny rare earth magnet there that can hold recipes on the open lid. The maple leaf was carved from a piece of figured maple. I went out in the yard and found a leaf, traced it with a pencil, and carved it with my Dremel. The stem is a piece of copper ground wire. I made an oak leaf and a pecan leaf as well.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#1 posted 08-02-2012 09:08 PM

A beautiful box and I bet they went over great as gifts. The maple leaf is very very nicely done. You have inspired me to try and make a leaf!!!!! Good job all the way around on this.

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

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#2 posted 08-02-2012 10:51 PM

Great looking box. I really like the carved leaf.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 08-02-2012 11:22 PM

This is really nice – probably the prettiest recipe box I have seen. The leaf is a lovely touch. The conversion chart / recipe card holder is a brilliant idea – the recipe is never far from home that way. I don’t know how many recipes I have lost because they got separated from the box (although my box is only a shabby plastic one). I’d bet the recipients are very happy.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#4 posted 08-03-2012 03:03 AM

Very nice. A beautiful project.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#5 posted 08-03-2012 11:44 AM

Great looking recipe box. The carving gives it that extra touch. Seems the same thing happened to you….I made my mom a recipe box and it was instantly full!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#6 posted 08-03-2012 12:55 PM

Great looking recipe box. As mentioned…the conversion chart is brilliant! Yep…going to use that.

Well done.


-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#7 posted 08-05-2012 08:12 PM

The leaf makes the box. Nice to have all different. Any arguments on who got which one? Don

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