Spalted? Curly Maple Box

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Project by Jacob posted 08-11-2013 05:05 AM 8105 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Curly maple with cherry bottom and lip. Purpleheart splines.
Tung oil finish.
End of board scraps I milled down, not all from same lumber but I managed to fiddle them around so they look pretty linear.
Purpleheart was also scrap and I had just barely enough to finish the splines.

Had so many positive remarks on my walnut box I had to make a few more. :)
I built a 45 degree jig and a spline jig based on Boxguy's tutorials.

My spline jig.

I figured out a few new tricks for myself on this build like drilling a hole in the mitered slot for the lip so I knew for sure where to split it… after missing and nearly cutting a lid flush on the slot.

Thanks for looking!


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#1 posted 08-11-2013 06:24 AM

Jacob, beautiful wood and excellent craftsmanship. The Purpleheart splines really pop. I like the idea of varying the sizes of your splines. Drilling a hole sounds like a great way to locate where to cut. Nice use of photographic techniques. Looks like it is time for you to take a shot at hinges. Thanks for the links and the mention in your write-up. That was nice and I am sure you put your own twists into making your jigs. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 08-11-2013 01:10 PM

Very nice maple box Jacob.

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#3 posted 08-11-2013 01:12 PM

I agree with the different size splines look good. That is great looking wood. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#4 posted 08-11-2013 03:23 PM

Very nicely done with outstanding display of wood grain.

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

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#5 posted 08-11-2013 05:01 PM

looks really great I am im pressed

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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#6 posted 08-11-2013 06:15 PM

Very well done, and the spacing of your splines is perfect !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 08-11-2013 09:45 PM

Very Nice Jacob, I like the design and the layout, Is the box small enough that you can stretch fingers across the lid to lift off? Did you rabbit the inside for the lid lip? Thanks

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#8 posted 08-11-2013 10:57 PM

Very nice box…the curly maple looks great…well done.

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

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#9 posted 08-12-2013 12:21 AM

Thanks for the comments!
Blackie, its around 4.75 inches wide, small enough for my hands lol … I spent alot of time trying to get the “perfect” friction fit so it wont fall off but you don’t need to work at it.
I used a dado to cut the groove for the lid/lip prior to assembly.


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Steve Cherry

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#10 posted 08-12-2013 02:03 AM

Very nice; I’m inspired to try my hand at something like that. Well done.

-- Steve - Front Royal, VA

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#11 posted 08-12-2013 11:00 AM

Beautiful work! I too like how the Purpleheart splines vary in size.

-- I make sawdust. I think thats a fair assessment of my finished products!

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#12 posted 08-12-2013 09:17 PM

Very nice Jacob .
Beautiful wood and great craftsmanship.

-- Kiefer

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#13 posted 08-12-2013 10:48 PM

Got it thanks

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