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Story: Some of you may recall a project I posted a short while ago of nesting bowls these bowls came from Live Oak, There wasn't much difference that I could tell between the post oak and the live oak other then the color, the live oak seemed easier to work as this post oak has a lot of splinters that like to stick out in different places, This is just one of many post oak logs among the live oak that I have in my collection, I got all of the post oak logs from a neighbor that had one cut down from his yard, this log I worked while it was still green and had to do a lot of repair work on all of the splitting and cracks.

Build: This was a rascal to make due to all the work that had to be done with filling in all of the cracks and splitting, I first cut the bottom and then the top before cutting out the inside, the plug that came out I made a tray out of, sanded all parts to smooth, glued the bottom on and the final part was gluing the lip onto the bottom of the lid. Measurements are 8" x 6" x 4 1/2" finished in a single coat of tung oil and several coats of my one mix wipe on poly.

Thanks for looking and comments are always enjoyed.

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Very cool box!
 

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Nice. The lift out tray is a cool addition.
 

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Very organic design, especially the tray. I'm curious how one goes about cutting out that plug.
 

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Randy, I really like this. It is natural and has a utility to it seldom seen in such pieces. The tray is an excellent innovation and makes this worth much more as a sales item. These should go well if you put them out. Don't be bashful about raising the price on these.

I put a comment on your band clamp forum piece.

Keep boxing and keep posting.
 

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This is really cool. I love the look.
 

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Thanks everyone.

David once the top and bottom are sliced off, there's an entry point into the side of the log from the blade I cut leaving a 3/8" wall around the outside thus the plug is cut out. I'm just do it very well so that you can't see the entry point.
 

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Hey Randy, If you start with a bark on log, the outer "shell" with the bark on makes really cool birdhouses for little guys like wrens. I hang these under the eves of my shop and I'm amazed how quick those little wrens move in. I just glue/brad nail a piece of scrap to the top and bottom and drill an entrance hole.
 

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Andy, you're going to have to show me a picture of what you are talking about, normally after the cut the outer shell falls apart.
 

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That is an amazing box you have created Randy. So much creativeness with a bandsaw and a log.
 

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Excelent, Randy. I like everything about it.
 

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Cool box…off the beaten path so to speak. I have several oak rounds on the wood pile. Think I will give one of these guys a shot. Also, you can free hand this box to the desired shape/depth, etc.

Thank you very much for sharing the photo.
 

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Randy, It's too cold and wet to take a pic now but I think I must cut a thicker "shell" that includes all the sapwood cause mine just looks like a 5/8" thick walled tube (if that makes any sense). It looks a lot like your jewelry box (only with the bark on!). Birds seem to like the bark.
 

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Is it possible to get a picture of the underside of the lid? What did you use to keep the lid in-place/from sliding off?

Thanks much.
 

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Hi Ed

Once the lid and the bottom have been cut away and the inside core has been cut, Note: I always mark the top and bottom so I know which end I'm working with, I then slice off a 1/4" piece from the top of the inner core that I just cut out and mark the side to be glued, that piece becomes the lid lip to hold it in place.
 

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Nice one, Randy!!!!!!!As usual!!...................Jim
 

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Hi Ed

Once the lid and the bottom have been cut away…...................

Randy,

Thanks…..got it.
 
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