Zack's Pallet Wood Box

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Project by Schwieb posted 12-25-2013 01:50 PM 2488 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got a bit of the Christmas spirit and wanted to share it. Earlier this year an acquaintance lost his battle with cancer and passed away. He was a woodworker and had an eye for collecting things that he might get around to using one day. His wife called me several months ago and asked if I would like to come look at the wood and stuff in his shop and see if I wanted any of it. Well of course, how could I not want to? He had all sorts of stuff and I recognized that a lot of it was pallet wood he had cleaned up and stashed away. The 2 pictures of wood are the biggest part of the solid wood I brought home.

I wanted to make something for Glenda, his wife, out of wood I had gotten from her and I caught up with her on Christmas Eve to give it to her. There were tears of joy and I know she appreciated the gift, but the real gift was the lift it gave to me, seeing her smile. I have no idea what the dark wood is but the panel in the top is Coffeenut and the bottom is Spanish Cedar. I used Tung oil and then applied some Watco satin wax for finish. Doing this box set up a situation that led me to refine and improve a box joint jig I had made many years ago and now is ready for some production runs of a few more boxes for the store.

Heidi did the engraving for me for the dedication.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#1 posted 12-25-2013 01:58 PM

I can see she really likes that box. It’s nice you could put a smile on her face at a time when she must be feeling pretty lonely. Great work on the box and the dedication was very well done too!

I hope you and your family have a very Happy New Year Ken.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 12-25-2013 02:08 PM

Very nice work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 12-25-2013 02:11 PM

Very well done and what a great attachment
A very happy holiday gift

-- Ron Campbell

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#4 posted 12-25-2013 02:16 PM

Nice Box. Did you use a CNC router for the engraving?

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 12-25-2013 02:56 PM

Thank you Mike, Monte, Ron and Alex, I have to say I felt really good coming home after that visit.

My wife has an Epilog 50 laser engraver, It does some amazing stuff. We made a bunch of personalized items for gifts this year, pens bowl, mugs, wine glasses. They are a big hit.


-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#6 posted 12-25-2013 04:34 PM

Great job very well done.

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#7 posted 12-25-2013 05:47 PM

That’s a beautiful box, and a beautiful story! It’s nice that you’re able to keep his memory alive, both in the box you made, and out of the wood that was his.

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

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#8 posted 12-26-2013 12:49 AM

Well done on all fronts Ken, not just the woodworking.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#9 posted 12-26-2013 08:38 PM

So lovely to see her happy face.
You are a special an with a great heart.
All that wood looks like many projects will come out in the future, luck both of you.
What a in work on the box.
Best thought my friend.
Happy new year,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 12-26-2013 09:07 PM

Nice work on the box, now about the front entrance of your house !!!

It looks exactly like mine!!

-- Regards Rob

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#11 posted 01-06-2014 10:54 PM

looks real nice Ken.Love the finish.
I am getting ready to build a cake stand for my daughters wedding. I am going to make it a box so that it can be used after the cake is gone LOL. This design is very close to what I had in mind.

-- Lee

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#12 posted 03-07-2014 04:03 AM

Bless you Ken! That’s a wonderfully constructed memorial box for a friend. You and your wife certainly did a fantastic job.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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