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We've got some neighbors who have been helpful since we bought our new place in New Mexico. Now that my shop is mostly functional, I wanted to do something nice for them, and figured I'd give them a bottle of wine in a nice handmade gift box.

The box is elm left over from building my low workbench, and had some spalting in it. I resawed it to get grain wrap all the way around the box and mitered the corners, reinforcing them with hand-cut dovetail butternut splines The lid is cherry and butternut I built into a herringbone pattern.

The box is finished with BLO, a few coats of super-blonde shellac, and a coat of paste wax.

Lots of mistakes that I see, and I really should have sanded better before finishing, but I was running out of patience and thickness in the elm. It's down to 3/16" thick in many places, which doesn't leave much thickness for the groove for the lid.

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Great box!! I know what you mean about running out of patience.
 

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Nice gift box, I'm sure it will (or was) greatly appreciated. By the way, there are no mistakes here, the little things that catch your eye are called "evidence of a handcrafted gift of true gratitude."
 

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Thanks, Hairy. Patience and thickness. I wanted 1/4" sides, then my kerf wandered just a bit while resawing, and I really should've just started with another piece. Oh well. I'm still learning.

Thanks for the perspective, Tom. I'm going to give it to them tomorrow or Monday. It still smells a bit strongly of linseed oil, and that needs another day or two to fade. But yeah, they'll appreciate it. And the bottle of wine definitely won't hurt!
 

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Quite a remarkable outcome for "handmade," Dave. The top came out great.
 

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Thanks, Brian. I think the top will really pop after a few more days of sunshine coloring the cherry. I'm tempted to hold onto it and set it out in the sunshine every morning for a week.
 

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A great result with the left overs, and I see what looks like true appreciation from the friends
 

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Thanks, Jake and Rob. It also was a nice warm-up before diving into the project I'm building for the BBQ swap, and then the bookcases I'm building for our house. Going to be a busy few months.
 

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Lots of mistakes that I see,.....
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Neat job DP. I can only see two mistakes, mistakes,

  1. Keeping the vino incognito (correction, insealedbox)... however, I volunteer to look after it while you attend to your "mistakes, mistakes".
  2. People/person/duck living in Churchill can still be considered a neighbour… (the jury is still un-social distancing on whether I'm nice and/or helpful) and am still waiting for my box… warts, spalting smelly BLO and all.
 

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Ducky, why do I suspect that having you guard the vino might not be the safest course… for the vino?

Ahh, but with customs and the Aussie lumber police, I don't think I would be allowed to send it to you without large amounts of paperwork, which tends to trigger my allergies. In fact, just the thought of it is making me lightheaded. I believe I may need some "medicine!"
 

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... I may need some "medicine!"
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Have a sip of the vino… win-win... as police are too busy with fending off protestors… you get your medication, lighten the load for cheaper postage, you get too blotto to write and will dull the allergies… but most of all… I'll be happy when it arrives.
 

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Well done! This is a nice box and a wonderful gift to you neighbor.
 

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lucky neighbor GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3
 

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The box is nice Dave! As far as mistakes, I've never made anything that didn't have some. Good job.
 

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Hmm, Ducky. I'll have to ponder that over something or other.

Thanks, oldrivers, Tony, and Duck!

I did get about an hour of sunshine bath for the cherry before the sky clouded up and we got a thunderstorm. I think the cherry reddened up a little. Maybe I can set it in the sun again tomorrow morning, too.
 

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WOW That is beautiful

Thanks for sharing.

Bob
 

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Nothing like as interesting as yours, Madburg, but thank you! I have three more herringbone boards I made at the same time, so there will probably be more in the future.

Thanks, Bob! The piece of elm did a lot of the work, I think. It was a really nice slab, and I keep finding small bits left over to use.
 

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Even with out the bribe of wine, the box makes a nice gift. I am sure that the so called mistakes will be easily overlooked once they see the contents.
 
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