Solid Red Eucalyptus Box

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Project by msurvilo posted 02-14-2014 07:56 AM 1879 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made out of a piece of firewood destined for the fireplace. This was a christmas present for an aunt of mine. This is mainly a bedside jewelry box, but was so heavy it could have been used as a home defense weapon. This wood is VERY dense.

I don’t have a band saw so I had to square up my quartered log on my tablesaw and my planer. After I got it squared up I ripped it down the middle with the table saw, and then hogged it out with the drill press. Cleaned it up with a router. I had a lot of tear out with the lid, and had to keep bringing the lip further and further in with subsequent passes. Next time I would rout the ends, let the tear out on the end grain occur, and then come up the sides to clean it up. I also made the mistake of trying to carve out box’s corners to make them square, instead of plunged round. Instead I should have just rounded the lid’s lip.
Then I put a round a roundover on top and bottom.

In regards to finishing, on my test pieces the wood lost a tremendous amount of it’s vibrant red color with tung oil, poly and anything water based. I was able to really bring out a lot more color with a top coat of dewaxed sanding sealer.

-- Matt, California.

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#1 posted 02-14-2014 09:41 AM

Matt, you have certainly been busy posting and boxing. You are lucky to have such lovely wood in abundance. This is a fine looking box, and like all of us you learn something new with each box you build.

Trying different techniques is a great way to build boxes. There is quite a bit of variety in your last 5 postings. This hollowing out process is an exercise in patience. There are tribes in Congo who make wedding chests carved and hollowed out from whole sections of trees. I like the general shape and flow of this box. It looks like the wood has twisted a little as you have let it age a bit. Is that so or is it just the photo?

It is a real help to your readers if you post the actual dimensions of your boxes. From a photo it is difficult to tell scale. I get some idea from having your hand in one of the pictures. You can simply click the red “edit” on the upper right of the screen and add that into your existing posting if you want to, then hit “save changes” at the bottom of your post to lock your changes into the post. Lumber Jocks project postings are nice in that they can be edited at any time.

You mentioned colors and your finish work. Is eucalyptus one of the woods that gets darker as it is exposed to sunlight before finish is added? I am surprised the color doesn’t deepen with tung oil. Typically that is the first coat of finish I apply to wood, followed by poly coats and then wax. Most woods will deepen in color when I add that coat.

In the spirit of sharing ideas. Here is another possibility for building a top and a hinge to a box.

Thanks for sharing your work with us. Eucalyptus is a lovely wood, and you have created a nicely crafted box. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 02-14-2014 11:50 AM

Another very nice box Matt…:)

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

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#3 posted 02-14-2014 11:52 PM

One cool box. I have tried the solid box before and not have much luck. Patience, patience, I know.

Well done

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#4 posted 02-19-2014 03:08 PM

Simple box but looks really great with the clean lines and great finish. Great work!

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