Reclaimed Redwood and Gift Maple

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Project by gfadvm posted 10-30-2012 12:15 AM 2371 views 3 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing all of Randy’s (Blackie’s) cool bandsaw boxes, I decided it was time to take the resaw blade off my saw and have some fun. I haven’t done these for several years so thought I’d start with “easy” wood. I had a really old redwood 2×12 deck joist with a lot of nail holes and surface rot and I had a tiny bit of birdseye maple from Jeff (JL7). I forgot how fun these are! Dimensions: 13”x 6 1/2”x 6”. Finished with brushed on shellac and wax. Redwood knobs cut with 5/8” plug cutter. I included so many pics trying to show how incredibly close together the growth rings are (pic 2,3). I learned some stuff about finishing very dry soft wood on this one.

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

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#1 posted 10-30-2012 12:23 AM

Nice job on the bandsaw box! Looks like a fun project! I like the way you rounded over the corners on the drawers, keep up the good work!

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#2 posted 10-30-2012 12:23 AM

Is that you, Andy? Aren’t you suppose to put the trays inside? LOL :-}

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#3 posted 10-30-2012 12:25 AM

Nice job Andy, I see you are branching out with your projects. I really like it.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#4 posted 10-30-2012 12:39 AM

Nice variation from the norm there Andy…....looking good!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#5 posted 10-30-2012 12:39 AM

That’s nice clean looking cuts. Good contrast in colors.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 10-30-2012 12:42 AM

as with all your work, beautiful detail and finish

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#7 posted 10-30-2012 01:19 AM

looks cool

-- Joel

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#8 posted 10-30-2012 01:21 AM

Awesome looking BS box. Luv the contrast.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#9 posted 10-30-2012 01:30 AM

Lots of drawers! Nice job.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#10 posted 10-30-2012 01:50 AM

Andy, what fun you are having. You are on an innovative tear recently. In fact you have become entirely unpredictable of late…good for you. Have you considered doing what Randy has been doing…combining boxes and bandsaw work into a new kind of valet or something else? Randy is dangerous; he seems to have sparked a whole new trend in bandsaw boxes…an art that was dying on this site. I enjoyed seeing this.

I saw your blog on applying this finish. What did you find worked best to finish really dry Redwood like this? Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#11 posted 10-30-2012 02:01 AM

very nice andy

fun to change occasionally
you did justice to both woods

maybe houses or horse barns next ?

you must be a good vet
you sure have your arm
way into this wood stuff

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#12 posted 10-30-2012 03:16 AM

Hey Al, if you thought that was different/innovative, wait til I post the ‘no hardware’ lazy susan. As far as finishing old,dried out redwood sanding to 600 grit seemed to work well. (with shellac- I think something like poly would soak in less and be easier). I only have 3 brushed on coats of diluted shellac on this box and was satisfied with the result. David, I paid my dues building horse barns and built my oldest daughter’s house. No more! Thanks all for the kind comments all of you!

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

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#13 posted 10-30-2012 03:27 AM

Very cool looking box Andy…The redwood and maple constrast nicely. Now I am waiting to see a natural edge bandsaw box in your future.

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#14 posted 10-30-2012 03:47 AM

Great job Andy.
I thought you got stuck in a rut with that same style box you’ve been cranking out, and here you go and prove me wrong.
That’s a beauty.

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#15 posted 10-30-2012 04:13 AM


-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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