Figured hickory pistol box

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Project by Bill posted 03-26-2013 11:29 PM 4063 views 3 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The maple board on the top of this box was a gift from a friend, (he may have given it to me because I drooled excessively on it) and he has a couple of ww2 pistols that need a proper home. Put on a pecan stain to bring out the figure on the top a bit, and that worked pretty well. As a rule I have avoided stains, but I have been seeing some pretty cool effects lately and wanted to try it out.

The sides are a very unusual hickory—it is highly figured, and comes alive as you walk past it. It ranges in color for black to light cream. The guys at the lumber yard said they haven’t seen anything like it for 25 years. Beautiful stuff.

Box size is 9×12x5ish

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 03-26-2013 11:40 PM

Beautiful wood grain, it’s full of images. Wonderful project!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#2 posted 03-26-2013 11:51 PM

Wow, that is some remarkable Hickory. Great Job.

-- a good woodworker can fix his mistakes, agreat w/w can fix them before anybody see's them

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#3 posted 03-26-2013 11:53 PM

That is beauty at it’s best right there. Wow! Very nice.

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

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#4 posted 03-27-2013 12:21 AM

Great job!

-- Todd

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#5 posted 03-27-2013 12:46 AM

That hickory is amazing! The box ain’t bad either….....!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#6 posted 03-27-2013 12:56 AM

Very gorgeous work

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 03-27-2013 12:57 AM

very nice use of an amazing piece of wood. You did it justice! Looks like its spalted or something, whatever it is you made it shine

-- Plant as many trees as you can

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#8 posted 03-27-2013 12:57 AM

Nice friend I’d have given you a paper towel :) LOL! Stains and dyes have their place.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 03-27-2013 01:16 AM

Another example of the astounding woods you come up with! I’d never even heard of figured hickory. You find more cool wood than anyone I know!

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

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#10 posted 03-27-2013 01:31 AM

I’ve noticed that most of your work is really Top Three quality.
Like Michael Jordan we just expect greatness.
Thanks for showing.

-- Quicksilver

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#11 posted 03-27-2013 01:32 AM

It’s all about the lumberyard. Except for the larger turning logs, I get almost all of my lumber from a local hardwood supplier. Their salesman is extremely good at picking out unusual boards with lots of character, I am very lucky to have a source like this so close to home. The main reason I make stuff is because of that moment when the first coat oil, poly, or lacquer hits the board and transforms it into a gemstone. Here’s a link to their site.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#12 posted 03-27-2013 01:36 AM

Wow! Very nice work and a very gorgeous combination of wood species. I really like the spline work which brings a nice accent of the maple to the overall box. Great work!

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#13 posted 03-27-2013 01:37 AM

Who could ever get tired of the simple, yet gorgeous wood box? It’s a great way to showcase a beautiful piece of wood even if it’s a small piece. A little slice of heaven.

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#14 posted 03-27-2013 02:28 AM

That is a real eye catcher, very nice.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#15 posted 03-27-2013 04:09 AM

GREAT!! Now you have me drooling. I see on the lumber yard’s site that each type of domestic lumber has a separate Curly price. I would love to visit their place. Thanks for letting us see the Hickory. Nice box too.

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

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