Black Oak Box

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Project by jbschutz posted 04-04-2013 06:26 PM 2806 views 7 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Black Oak Box. This is the second commemorative box made from the legendary 200 year-old black oak tree from a relative’s Wisconsin farm. The tree came down in a storm a few years ago, and the owner of the farm had it milled into lumber. The story goes that his great-uncle, a bit of a barn storming pilot, had to set down his plane in the canopy of this tree, and that it saved his life. True or not…..a great story!
The box is approximately 8.5×5 inches, finished in satin poly. the interior tray rests on side rails, and the box and tray are lined with black suede. The lid is hinged with hidden pins and features a pair of Black Oak leaves as decoration and lift. The leaves are three-part, with a center vein of walnut and the outer oak pieces placed with the grain running at 45 degrees to the center vein. The mitered corners are reenforced with walnut splines, and the bottom is dadoed into the sides.
By the way, it feels good to have something to post again after spending most of the winter on crutches following a broken ankle in late December.

-- jbschutz

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#1 posted 04-04-2013 06:33 PM

Very nice job. Great looking wood and the oak leaves are a outstanding touch.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 04-04-2013 07:02 PM

box the wonderful, the carved leaves and finishing.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#3 posted 04-04-2013 07:19 PM

nice box with sweet leaves

-- Joel

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#4 posted 04-04-2013 07:30 PM

Well welcome back – happy that you have mended enough to get back in the shop. This is a spectacular box, great story and project, well done.

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

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#5 posted 04-04-2013 07:43 PM

Nicely done. The leaves are the perfect complement to a subtle and tasteful box.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#6 posted 04-04-2013 07:43 PM

Very nice box and I really like the leaves – what a great touch! Question: Is the lid hinged? If so, how?

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#7 posted 04-04-2013 08:53 PM

Great job on box, and enjoyed the story that goes with this box.
Glad to see you back on LJ and hope all is well with you and family.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina ([email protected])

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#8 posted 04-04-2013 08:58 PM

The leaves are very catchy. It is amazing! The wood looks great! Brilliant concept! That’s a beautiful piece of art!

-- "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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#9 posted 04-04-2013 11:17 PM

Jim, great wood, great design, great carving idea, great finish, great story. I liked this post. It had a human element, and a story that matched the quality of the work. Glad to hear you are back in the shop. I know how you feel since I was out for a while with a hip replacement this winter. Nice that they make new parts for old guys. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 04-05-2013 12:07 AM

Jim that is a great way to celebrate getting back into the shop.
That leaf detail is just sweet


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#11 posted 04-05-2013 12:11 AM

Nice to see the saw dust is fly once again JB, as always a great looking design. Hope all is well with family and friends…BC

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#12 posted 04-05-2013 01:31 AM

A great box! I love wood with a history and this QS oak fits the bill. The leaves aRE AMAZING.

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

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#13 posted 04-05-2013 03:42 AM

Those oak leaves really set it off, a very nice box.

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#14 posted 04-05-2013 04:08 AM

Beautiful box. Great work.

Broken ankles suck. Glad you are better.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#15 posted 04-05-2013 04:15 AM

I admire very much all your boxes with a leaf or 2 as a lift-tab.
Makes people think about the trees, as they were
before they gave their lives for our enjoyment

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