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I've had some barn wood sitting in the garage for a long time now. I always intended to do something with it, and today ended up being the day. I had purchased some particularly worm-damaged Ambrosia Maple from Lowes, and this box ended up being perfect for it.

I took the miter saw to the barn wood and then spent some additional time with a hand-held floor sander getting the wall frame of the box as level as I could.

I cut the top and bottom for the box from the Ambrosia Maple. The edges are stained in a "weathered-grey" stain.

Once the glue holding the barn wood together was dry, I sprayed on two light coats of water-based, satin poly. I was pretty pleased with how that turned out.

The Ambrosia Maple is finished with a few coats of wipe-on gloss poly.

Earlier this spring, as I was walking through town, I noticed an insurance company had cut a bunch of growth from around its building. Not sure what kind of wood it was that corkscrews around itself, but I grabbed a branch of it for later use. As it turns out, a five-inch section of it was perfect to use as a handle for this box. I'm really happy with how that looks!

Overall, I'm pretty pleased with this 5.5" by 8.5" box.

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Sweet looking rustic box, really like the handle on it. Good choice using a spray poly to finish. Glad to see you posting again Van.

Your Devils Lake trip is not far from my old stomping grounds. Good luck on your shows.
 

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Thanks for the good words, Eric! I hope to move a little product!

Sweet looking rustic box, really like the handle on it. Good choice using a spray poly to finish. Glad to see you posting again Van.

Your Devils Lake trip is not far from my old stomping grounds. Good luck on your shows.

- Eric
 

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Thats a winner!
Love the handle, the repurposed wood with beetle holes and the weathered planks/sides.
What a great rustic box with a few twists.
 

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Thank you! Turned out better than I imagined!

Thats a winner!
Love the handle, the repurposed wood with beetle holes and the weathered planks/sides.
What a great rustic box with a few twists.

- MrWolfe
 

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van you amaze me what you do with the tools you have to work with.this is pretty cool bud.i hope you do well at your next show and sell everything. in spite of life,keep this energy going man !
 

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I like the look of that alot. Nice work.
 

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Thanks, Pottz… as always!

van you amaze me what you do with the tools you have to work with.this is pretty cool bud.i hope you do well at your next show and sell everything. in spite of life,keep this energy going man !

- pottz
 

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Thank you so much!

I like the look of that alot. Nice work.

- swirt
 

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A winner Van!

Great job preserving the barn wood, that handle is choice! Serendipity that the bend in the handle follows the grain in the maple!
 

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Thanks, Splint! When I set that handle on the lid, I was like, "Damn!"

A winner Van!

Great job preserving the barn wood, that handle is choice! Serendipity that the bend in the handle follows the grain in the maple!

- splintergroup
 
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