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#1 Afton Grant

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Posted 24 February 2015 - 12:16 PM

There are still some people that have expressed interest in these front boxes, so I’d like to keep making them for those that want them.  Since they take so long to make, I thought I’d make them to order.  And since I’m making them to order, I thought it might be nice if you were able to pick the wood you wanted.  

 
The standard box, I would make out of hard maple.  It’s a nice wood.  It’s strong.  It’s pretty.  I’m happy to work with other woods, if you wish.  Woods vary greatly in price, however, so the boxes would have to as well.  
 
Hard Maple (standard):  $650
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Cherry:  $650
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Oak:  $660
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Walnut:  $680 for $100%, $660 mixed with maple
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Genuine Mahogany:  $750 for $100%, $680 mixed with maple
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Cocobolo:  $900 for 100%, $850 mixed with maple
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Padouk:  $850 for 100%, $800 mixed with maple
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This is the illustrated look of a box that is mixed with maple:
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Here are some pictures of the construction process on the most recent maple box.  It’s almost entirely done with hand tools.  The only time a power tool is used is to rough cut the initial pieces from the stock lumber, and a power planer takes them down close to their necessary thickness.  Hand tools do all the finishing dimensioning.  No sanding of the surfaces.  I do use sandpaper to ease over interior edges that can’t be reached with a handplane.  
 
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So if anyone is interested, please let me know.  Let me know what you’d like in terms of wood.  If you’re serious about ordering one, I’ll put you on the list.  It’ll have to be first come first served.  These do take a while to make.  If I get really efficient with the process, I think I can turn out one a week.  I won’t take any payment until your box is finished, however.  
 
Thanks for everybody’s feedback so far.  It’s greatly appreciated.
 
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#2 Andrew Ansnick

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Posted 24 February 2015 - 03:16 PM

How have people been mounting these to their stands?  Any photos or info would be appreciated, especially of the finished boxes.  Looks great Afton!


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Posted 24 February 2015 - 04:25 PM

The finished boxes have a clamp mounted on them.  This was my last oak one, now owned by Jon Beattie.

 

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#4 Alan Rencher

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Posted 24 February 2015 - 05:50 PM

Great work!
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#5 Andrew Ansnick

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Posted 24 February 2015 - 06:49 PM

Thanks Afton!  Definitely helps to see that.  I recently met up with Jon here in LA and he was singing the praises of his new box, I guess I didn't make the connection that you were the one who did it for him.


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#6 Afton Grant

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 08:04 AM

Got a finished box, ready to ship.  Hard maple.  $650 + shipping.  

 

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#7 Rich Cottrell

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 12:40 PM

If I bought one, I would feel guilty leaving it outside!
Looks great.
My wife wants to know if you do kitchens as well?
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#8 Afton Grant

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Posted 04 March 2015 - 12:50 PM

The boxes are finished with urethane so are fairly well protected from the elements. They're still wood though. I wouldn't leave them outside for the whole rainy season or anything, but the occasional rain shower shouldn't hurt.

Funny you mention that, Rich. We are currently remodeling our kitchen.
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Posted 28 April 2015 - 06:30 AM

I wanted to share the latest box out of the shop.  Unfortunately, it's not for sale, as Mr. Baldwin has spoken for it.  I had never worked with cocobolo before, but I'm in awe at its natural beauty.  The wood looks like it's on fire.  Even straight from the lumber yard, before it had been planed or finished, the texture is amazing.  

 

Being a tropical hardwood, it is extremely dense and rather heavy, but it's tough as nails and should stand up well to abuse - not that you'd want to abuse it.  I'm going to have a hard time parting with this one.

 

 

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#10 RonBaldwin

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Posted 28 April 2015 - 09:16 AM

This is beautiful...the grain looks like a Van Gogh.
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#11 Tommy Stork

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Posted 28 April 2015 - 01:59 PM

Afton, your joinery work looks superlative!  Did you dowel the flat return piece to the angled piece that eventually joins the block at the back of the box for strength?  In some previous boxes you've chosen splines or keys in that place. Really fine work.

 

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#12 Afton Grant

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Posted 28 April 2015 - 06:32 PM

Hi Tommy,

 

Yes, that was a design change in this one.  Miter joints are always finicky to work, especially on a non-standard angle, and one of the pieces coming in at a slope.  I figured I could make a better joint if I did this angled butt joint, and then strengthen it with the dowels.  


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#13 RonBaldwin

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Posted 29 April 2015 - 10:22 AM

You said butt joint
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#14 Tommy Stork

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 04:44 PM

Ron, you refer to Jumbo's as a butt joint if I'm not mistaken.


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#15 RonBaldwin

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Posted 30 April 2015 - 05:48 PM

A 5/32nd one
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