Mahogany Pie Box

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Project by Josh posted 03-02-2014 05:51 AM 1679 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a pie box that I just made for a friend of a lady whom I made a pie box for two months ago. The friend (soon owner of this very box) saw the other pie box I made a few months ago for my church lady friend and was like, “Yo, I gotsta git me one dem!” I became aware of this want and feverishly obliged. Totes time on this one was 4 hours. Word of mouth business is pretty cool, no? It is made of 100% mahogany. All scrap, too. I hope lady likes this.

The design is pretty much identical to the last one that I made (Also on lumberjocks). I made a few minor changes. After cutting the sides to 3 1/2”, I cut a glue line into all four side pieces so that while gluing bottom on, no glue would ooze into pie box cavity. This is a very clean and smooth box. Not very technical, but then again I was able to use the shop at work yesterday. Work table saw blades don’t wobble like my ten inch craftsman blade. Once again magnets were used to keep lid shut in case box is used as projectile when the Russians finally invade.

Oh, I used shellac to finish this, too. The first time I ever used shellac was for the last pie box I made. I didn’t like how on application of second coat, things do go as smoothly. I am getting the hang of it now and it really made that mahogany shine. Zippy dee foo!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#1 posted 03-02-2014 09:04 AM

Very nice work. Great color.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 03-02-2014 12:21 PM

Very nice pie box Josh, I really like the colour of the Mahogany….great job.

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

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#3 posted 03-02-2014 12:40 PM

Beautiful box and the finish is great. I’ve found that you may get a pie in return. Church Ladies are known to do such things.

-- Isaiah 40:31

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#4 posted 03-02-2014 03:16 PM

That mahogany really pops. Nice box.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#5 posted 03-02-2014 10:00 PM

Really nice box. That wood looks great. I also think you have a pie in your future!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#6 posted 03-02-2014 11:17 PM

Thanks y’all. I don’t think I will have a pie in the future, though. The lady who now owns it is friends of my church lady friend. That’s ok. My wife makes the best pies I’ve ever had.

These pics are very bright, but in actuality the color isn’t that far off. Mahogany doesn’t quite do it for me as much as walnut does. I just got my very first computer (my very own, I mean) and it is a MacBook Air. I have one of those protective covers to, well, protect it, but am strongly thinking of making a carrying/briefcase type of box to house it when I go to school or wherever. This will also serve as self-promotion and advertising. Who doesn’t want more business?

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#7 posted 03-03-2014 02:07 PM

Really good work Josh.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#8 posted 03-03-2014 02:45 PM

Josh, this is a nice practical box and beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 03-04-2014 05:30 AM

Thanks, Rick and Charles!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#10 posted 03-14-2014 03:04 PM

Hi Josh … Pie-Box Man! Another nice example of your talent. I like the idea of building a case for your MacBook . One unfortunate drop and it’s toast!! You’ll definitely have to blog that build!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#11 posted 03-15-2014 02:39 AM

Thanks, Elaine! I just glued up the 3-sided frame with the fourth piece dry fit so that when I used my strap-clamp, I could really tighten it up good. I am excited about this and may even get some business out of it. I should personalize it with our CNC or laser engraving machines at work. THAT would be cool.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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