Live Edge Box

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This was a project that was born out of wanting to add some background footage for a video on the Veritas Box-Maker's Plow Plane.  I wanted to get some shots of different ways of using the plane, and this seemed like a good project for it (especially given its name). 

I had been surprised by a box I wasn't expecting when ordering a shirt, so I had a target for the box in mind as well. 

The box is cherry (live edge) and walnut (lid and bottom).  Finish is shellac and wax.

The longer version can be read at blog.mosquitomade.com, for anyone interested

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23 Comments

Neat little box Mos

David

Nice little box Mos, really like the live edge on top, well done.

Main Street to the Mountains

adot45
Neat little box Mos

Eric - the "Loft"
Nice little box Mos, really like the live edge on top, well done. 

Thanks guys!  The live edge was the main part I was trying out.  Not sure if I'd do it the same way next time or not, but it worked out this time :D

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Fun little project.  If you keep posting stuff using your box makers plow planes, I AM going to have to get me one.  


--Nathan, TX. Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

Nice creative box! 

This is my first box from a real woodworker and it's already displayed on a shelf. In reality, the quality is great that people can tell from the pictures but the thing people can't know from the pictures is, the lid opens/closes so satisfyingly smooth. Now that I know it's shellac/wax finish, I must look for it. It was that nice.

Well, I'm kind of embarrassed/proud of my 3minutes drawing of a character, haha.
Again, thank you for the box. I'll take good care of it  for sure!

No name noobie here

Lazyman
Fun little project.  If you keep posting stuff using your box makers plow planes, I AM going to have to get me one.   

Deal!  lol  If only I had an affiliate links for Lee Valley 😂  I do plan to release a video of the parts of this box I used it for.  I used very little of the clips in the main video, as it was already over half an hour...


 YRTi 

haha thank you!  I actually kinda like the drawing, personally lol
I didn't use anything special for the finish, really; It was just Zinnser Bulls Eye sanding sealer (dewaxed shellac), and the wax was Minwax Soft Touch wax, which is apparently harder to find these days... 

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very cool box, never seen one done like that with live edge before.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Nice job Mos, I'm headed over to the video to watch that now.

.................. John D....................

Pottz
very cool box, never seen one done like that with live edge before.

Thanks Pottz!  That was the main thing I wanted to try with this box, I hadn't done one yet either

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Cool box for YRTi Mos.

Did you stabilise the live edge at all?
I wouldn't bother for a shelf (Well short of soaking a bit of Danish oil in), but a box might get a bit of hammer.
Thanks Mike.  For some of the fragile parts I used some CA glue to make sure it stayed attached, otherwise it got a pretty healthy dose of shellac, but that was it.  I've done some live edge bowls in a similar fashion (minus the shellac) and they have been holding up pretty well too

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I forgot to say the live edge parts are pretty stable and I don't think I have to worry about it at all!   Thank you for the finish info, too.

No name noobie here

Interesting and unique box.   Nicely done.   YRTI has a winner.   

Ron

That's a very cool box. I like the live edge treatment - I have not seen that before.
Nice box. Now I need to check my live edge stash.
Nicely done!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Thanks Steve, Gary, and Ryan!

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Really cool design Mos.  I don't think I've ever seen a box with a live edge quite like that.  I like it!
'Tis a thing of beauty Mos. Great job!

Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

Did you harvest the wood yourself?  I'm sitting on a mountain of live edge cherry from a tree in my woods that died at the end of last summer (I think).  I was able to haul everything out worth getting with my ATV & log arch, then onto the mill.  Since I don't know exactly when it died (made fragile by large larvae then top broke off in a wind storm), I have no idea if the bark will remain adhered or peel away.  Thus far, most of it seems to be well adhered with some sections letting the bark almost fall off.  My biggest concern is less with bark security and more with bugs.  This has all been sprayed with Tim-bor professional as I air dry my wood so sterilization with a kiln hasn't happened.

The box looks fantastic and if you were to establish some kind of affiliate link with Lee Valley I can imagine that would be quite beneficial for you both!