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Project by bhog posted 12-20-2012 10:02 PM 2304 views 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a box I made awhile ago out of some scrap awesome maple and black walnut.I had read a post by a fellow LJ (waho I think) and it inspired me to use some off the fall off pieces from other projects.

Construction was pretty simple- miters.The top is toungue and grooved and mitered.The sides were mitered.And the base is a piece of scrap birch ply that I edged with rabbeted pieces of walnut,mitered.The little feet were fall off pieces from the frame I made my wife.The cherry dividers can be switched around L/R or removed.

Finish was a couple dyes.I like to go dark,sand and then put on either a diluted coat of the darker dye or a coat of a lighter color,I chose the latter.I sprayed 3 coats of ruby shellac,a light sanding with 2000,then 2 coats of blonde and then a little johnsons paste-done.

I spent alot of time on this thing picking pieces.I wanted really straight grain in the walnut because of the wild maple,and ended up surfacing alot of thin strips/scraps trying to find it.But the end result was worth it.

So what ya think?

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#1 posted 12-20-2012 10:04 PM

Now, that doesn’t look like a scrap! Simply pretty.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#2 posted 12-20-2012 10:13 PM

Lookin good.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 12-20-2012 10:13 PM

Wow thats some pretty wood, and beautifully executed.

You got some finishing skills Hog, I will have to hit you up in the future for advice. I usually go with the simple oil and wax finish but I need to learn how to get my shellac on.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#4 posted 12-20-2012 10:15 PM

Wow, fantastic work Brandon. That maple is insanely gorgeous; nice coupling with the walnut.

-- ~Tony

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#5 posted 12-20-2012 10:19 PM

Looks good, you must be hoarding all that figured maple. Really nice looking stuff.

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#6 posted 12-21-2012 12:49 AM

Gorgeous box

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 12-21-2012 12:50 AM

Sheee Zaaam that’s nice.


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#8 posted 12-21-2012 02:00 AM

Thanks alot guys.

Maur, anytime sir.

Shane,I went a little crazy a couple times buying that stuff.Its expensive as hell.Everytime I build something out of it I get more addicted.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#9 posted 12-21-2012 02:16 AM

That turned out just beautiful. Your staining/sanding/restaining technique produced awesome results. I’ve always been afraid to try this for fear of ruining some curly stock. Care to share details? What stain? How fine a grit to sand it back? Any other tips? Thank you.

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

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#10 posted 12-21-2012 02:56 AM

gf, I use dyes.After stock prep hit it with water to raise the grain and you can either scrape it or hit it with 400.Apply your dark color.For the best results mix it DARK and when its applied it will look ruined.After its dried 220,320, 400,it will depend on the wood but get it to 400.The amount of color you want to keep is up to you.On this box I sanded back alot.On the frame I made my wife,not as much.Then apply either a really diluted coat/wiping of your darker color or apply a lighter different color.I did the medalion and sides of this box with the same dye mixes,just sanded the sides more after my first application.

same with this frame.

I did the same thing with this grease box.I did a brown,cardinal red,and then a bright yellow.

The shellacs I use help add a little color also.Garnet,ruby etc. Good stuff man.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#11 posted 12-21-2012 02:58 AM

You’ve turned scraps and cut-offs into a fabulous looking box

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 12-21-2012 04:03 AM

Thanks for the reply. I think you’ve inspired me to give it a try.

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

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#13 posted 12-21-2012 04:48 AM

Thanks Bhog!

Most excellent scrap box with another fine finish. The maple
works well with the walnut.

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#14 posted 12-21-2012 12:44 PM

Thanks guys.

-- I don't drive a Prius.

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#15 posted 12-22-2012 05:58 AM

Brandon, That thing looks amazing, I love the way the dye makes that maple look…really pops!

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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