Thursday, June 18, 2015

Hemlock and Cedar Box


Well, obviously the blog has been rather dormant of late. Shop time has slowed to a crawl as I approach the event horizon of my own personal black hole. We bought a new house and it only needed "a wee little bit of sprucing up..." Huh.

Anyway, just to prove that I have not completely disappeared, here's a couple of photos of a not-too-recent project. It's a box made of hemlock and cedar, and I really like how those two woods look together. It's on the large size (approx. 20"x20"x12") and I tried to keep it simple and clean.



A detail shot of the spinner:



Both the cedar and the hemlock are quartersawn, and I like the look of the parallel grain - it adds to the "cleanness" in my opinion.


And of course, it opens...

 
 
More posts as I get the chance - soon I hope, although the shop is sitting in a storage unit waiting for its new home. Don't worry, it's okay, I had it cryogenically frozen like Walt Disney...
 
More on that another time.
 

 

21 comments:

  1. Good luck on the sprucing up and the might as well.....

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    1. Thanks Ralph! The "might as well..." have really added up, but on the other hand I've learned a ton of new stuff, such as plumbing, tiling, refinishing oak flooring etc. Fun! Slow!

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  2. Hi Dan,
    FINE LOOKING box!

    Is it correct to assume the darker wood is the hemlock? I've never used it ... have a bunch of them on the property, but never cut one down to see the color of the wood.

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    1. Thanks Bob - in this case the darker wood is the cedar. It's ok to work with, although somewhat "brittle" - it splits easily. I wonder if air dried would be better...

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  3. Love the quartersawn hemlock and cedar, Dan.

    Also love the spinner/securing method. Mind if I steal that?

    Also, welcome back to the blogosphere. We've missed you.

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    1. Steal at will, especially since I stole it from the Shakers etc. it isn't really mine! And thanks, it's good to be back, at least in a small way, and I appreciate being missed!

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  4. Nice job on the box Dan. How is hemlock to work with? I have a nice piece of reclaimed 3x timber that I was planning to re-saw for something.

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    1. Thanks Philip!

      Well, hemlock is a mixed bag...it can be a pain to plane - although quartersawn is not too bad. It will also split, so I recommend pre-drilling if you are using fasteners. That said, I really like the look, so in my opinion it is worth it.

      How old is your reclaimed timber? I scored some 100+ Doug Fir from a friends remodel and that stuff is tight grained and crazy hard! But it works like a dream...

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  5. Dan,

    Good looking box.

    The home thing will end....Maybe 😄. Five years later I think we have finished the last major project.

    Ken

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    1. Thanks Ken! I know...and it's fun and all, but sometimes it's just too much...

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  6. Woodworking is my hobby too. I am very glad that I found this web blog, precisely the right information that I was searching for! Thanks. Best regards.

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  7. Great design Dan :) I love it. How this Hemlock? It would be better if you could share a video.

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    1. Thanks! Not sure I understand your question about the hemlock. As for video, well it's not really my style...maybe someday.

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  8. Dan,

    It looks really premium finish. Great craftsmanship there. Kudos !

    Neeta from Drum Sander Specialists

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  9. Nice to know how to make a Cedar Box!!I really recommend other to read this article .Keep up the good work. I require some time to digest it.jow

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  11. Another fantastic work on this - thanks for sharing! Was it difficult to sand the cedar wood at all? I haven't tried it yet so just wanted to know before I even try!

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  12. Look beauty and useful for this wooden box. Can i copy it?

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