Blood wood and oregon Boxes/trays

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Project by robscastle posted 06-17-2013 11:14 PM 1464 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was looking at the Chubby Curves box post by CharlieM1958n and as a result this generated some email Back and forth with myself and another LJ in WA regarding Blood wood timber.

We have QLD Blood wood timber here, which I am still researching the overseas varieties for a comparison.
Its a very robust material and has in ground life expectancy of 25 Years and was used in railway sleepers as just one of its application.

Anyway back in 2010 I made a series of boxes/trays/bowls using Bloodwood and Oregon, and then Paulownia using my hand router and bowl cutter..

A word of caution… there are pictures of naked empty beer bottles in the following pictures, so if you are offended by such images leave now!


The construction was straightforward,

The blanks are slightly different but you will get the general Idea.

Step 1. Glue a top Veneer of blood wood onto a Oregon base.
Step 2. Let it dry.
Step 3. Incrementally remove the timber from inside the Blood wood edges with a router
Step 4. Sand to a suitable finish.
Step 6. Apply a Perfect gloss finish
Step 7. Set to work loading the tray up.
Step 8. Set to work emptying the tray.

Not sure where the 8 pack tray is these days possible with one of my sons cupboards.
The Blood wood and paulownia grape tray my wife still uses in our home today.
The picture of the grapes was a just a paper picture glued on before finishing.


Robert Brennan

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 06-17-2013 11:20 PM

Nice looking tray, I hope you had help with the contents.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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#2 posted 06-18-2013 04:40 AM

Nice couple of boxes/trays Rob…well done

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#3 posted 06-18-2013 08:43 AM

Railway sleepers! I’m astounded that such beautiful wood was used for trains. I shudder to think of what telephone poles were made of . . .

You are so lucky to have so many beautiful wood species in Australia. Thanks for sharing.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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