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This set started back in February when I made the small Walnut Burl box.

I quickly decided that it needed a bigger brother, shortly after that the bigger box got a fraternal twin. Now I have a set.


Like I said, this all started with this little gem back in February.
This little box was so well received (Daily Top Three) that I had to make another.


I kept the design and construction exactly the same, I just scaled it up a bit.


I think they make a lovely pair.

I think I'll make a third box to match the larger one but this time I'll play with materials instead of scale. I'll make it out of Tiger Maple.


At the last minute I made a terrible mistake and added a dark walnut stain. I ended up with this monstrosity. I nearly threw up, I hate this piece.


Back to the drawing board, well, shooting board in this case.

By the way, that's the Veritas Miter Plane. It's now my dedicated shooting plane, freeing up my low angle jack for other tasks. It is so much more comfortable to use.


I grabbed the craziest pice of Tiger Maple that I had and quickly got back to work.

I used my dove tail saw to cut in the corners and inserted walnut veneer to reenforce the miters.


The piece for the lid is actually the offcut from the lid on the large burl box and when the two are side by side the grain runs right across the two boxes.


This is the first coat of finish. I flood the surface three times in an hour and then wipe the excess. Let it cure for a couple of days, burnish it with steel wool and then apply furniture wax. I buff it out with a shoe shine brush.


So the fraternal twin is born. I really like how the grain runs across the lids.




Now I have my trifecta.








Thanks for following along, I hope you liked it.

If you have any questions just leave a comment below.

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These are really beautiful Timmy :)
 

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Tim, these are great work. I love the wood and the way you have let it speak for itself. I don't use any stain on my woods. it comes off as artificial on wood as beautiful as the woods you have used in these boxes. It looks like you have certainly mastered this form and design.

You might want to consider hinges of some kind on your boxes. There are a wide variety of hinges on this site such as: wooden hinges, pin hinges, metal mortised hinges, integrated hinges and the list goes on. You sure do make a beautiful box and I appreciate that you can do it with hand tools. I envy you that skill. Keep boxing and keep posting.
 

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That looks so freaking cool! Beautiful wood selection! drool
 

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Stunningly beautiful, Tim!
 

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I like all of them! Even the one with walnut stain looks good in the picture
 

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That's some seriously curly maple right there, beautiful. When shooting miters, how do you get all four boards the same width? Just overlap them and feel the edges until it seems right? Stop blocks don't really work for shooting boards.
 

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Yes I just feel the edges till they match, I also make sure they are exactly the same length when I trim them to size before I cut the miters.
 

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Really like 'em Tim, well done!
 

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Thanks Candy and Kevin, it's good to hear from you both.
Thanks everyone for the kind words.
 

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You might want to consider hinges of some kind on your boxes.
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It's nice to hear from you again Al,
I like hinges on certain pieces, but on these I really wanted to keep the design and shape very simple to contrast with the very crazy grain in the maple and the burl.
 

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Tim, those are three winners! Beautiful work.
 
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