A Box For The Birds....Canarywood

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Project by longgone posted 03-18-2013 05:11 AM 1931 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of this weeks major projects was shop organization… I spent a good bit of time cleaning up and reorganizing my shop and found this piece of wood and numerous others that were buried in the near bottom of my unorganized stack of lumber. I had too many different wood types stacked together and that needed organization. I want to know exactly what I have, how much and what size and where it is. I have been writing it down on a paper pad and transferring it to an excel spreadsheet.

This box is made from a small board of Canarywood I forgot I had.
the bottom is lined with leather.
Lightly Sculpted and finished with a Boiled Linseed Oil rubbing and then sprayed with lacquer…then buffed and waxed.

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#1 posted 03-18-2013 05:21 AM

Gotta love that Canary grain. Very nice. Greg, do you wrap the grain around three corners or on all four?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 03-18-2013 05:31 AM

Rance…thanks…the Canary grain is nice but I find that it splinters very easy and burns easily also… even with the sharpest of router bits. I wrapped the grain using one board that wraps all the way around..obviously the starting end of the board doesn’t match up with the finishing end.

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#3 posted 03-18-2013 07:36 AM

Simpler than most of yours, but still with a look of elegance. I do love the wood.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 03-18-2013 12:33 PM

wonderful box. I agree about the canarywood splintering. What is in the bottom of the box?

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#5 posted 03-18-2013 12:37 PM

Another Great lookin box Greg, Love the Canary wood too!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#6 posted 03-18-2013 01:00 PM

It’s a beautiful box. Very nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 03-18-2013 04:05 PM

Now this one is a real winner! Sculpted to perfection. Well done Greg. Is that a piece of Gator in the bottom?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 03-18-2013 04:24 PM

Must be spring? Dug into my shop chaos. Interesting things we find?

Monte said it as I thought it. “Simple and elegant.”

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 03-18-2013 05:12 PM

More outstanding work! You might think of what I did, put all my wood on racks on edge, and used a magic marker to identify the woods on the edge of the boards. Now I can tell a piece of cherry from pacific coast maple.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#10 posted 03-19-2013 01:13 AM

Another beauty. The subtle sculpting is just right for this one.

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

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#11 posted 03-19-2013 04:12 AM

Monte…thanks…I like the look of the Canary Wood but have mixed feelings because I don’t like to work with it since it easily splinters and burns.

amagineer….the bottom is leather with a alligator pattern. I bought it at Tandy leather.

aka Charles…thanks…it is all so much fun…

Bill…thanks…the bottom is leather made to look like gator. The gator hide is substantially more expensive and I would only use real gator hide for a special request.

Thomas…I always keep my shop organized with the exception of my lumber…and I am now focusing on it. I have a couple of pieces I have had for several years that I can’t even remember or identify…not good…

Tennessee…just bought some lumber crayons (red and yellow) to mark the lumber. A black magic marker is a good idea…

Andy…the mild sculpting did seem to add a bit of variety in between the flat box and the sculpting. It is different to do a small amount of sculpting and not keep going…sculpting withdrawals?

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#12 posted 03-19-2013 06:04 AM

Greg, the canary wood is lovely. I have gotten used to the idea of having a contrasting wood for the top. I like your new adventures into “lightly sculpted wood.” What kind of tray do you plan to put on the side rails you included? You might enjoy a miter and a continuous hinge. Just an idea.

I love looking at your work…it is beautiful. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#13 posted 03-19-2013 11:16 AM

That is nicely grained wood. I like the mortise for opening the lid.

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

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#14 posted 03-19-2013 01:17 PM


-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#15 posted 03-19-2013 05:02 PM

Big Al…thanks…the lightly sculpted box helps to keep a bit of variety in play. It will interesting to see the response I get at the shows since I had people asked about some of my work in a lower price range. The trays are also mitered and made from the same wood… also having a leather bottom.I
For the time being I plan to continue using the solid brass hinges because I bought 100 pair of them and they only take 5 minutes or so to set up and mortise them in. They come with philip head brass screws but I throw them away since I prefer the square drive heads….never had a issue with square heads stripping or breaking.
How is the hip healing coming along? You must be chomping at the bit to get back to a regular schedule in your shop..

Roger…I am really liking the mortised lid opening…very easy and fast to do.

Robert…I appreciate it…thanks…!

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