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post #1 of 15 Old 06-08-2017, 08:27 AM Thread Starter
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What type of wood for yarn box?

So I found this yarn box on pinterest that I am wanting to make for my girlfriend for our 1 year anniversary at the end of August. My question is what type of wood would work best? I'll be using a jogsaw to cut out the swirls as I don't have a scroll saw. My dad had suggested I just use plywood and butt joints with glue and small nails, but I want to make it look nice.

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If you want to go traditional you could use hard maple like I did with this quilting rack.
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I agree with Bargoon...Though I have seen vintage ones in simple Pine that are very nice, Maple will hold up a lot better to the constant dragging of the yarn...Even the good Pine ones have a hardened area where the Yarn is drug through typically...Plywood just doesn't hold up to this traditional tool that also looks so nice as well...

Good Luck...and kudos for such a nice gift!!!

Bargoon!!! Nice Quilting setup...You should give it a try (if you haven't!!!) as I love textile work almost as much as I love traditional woodworking...Its a great way to wind down a day of sawdust making before a night's sleep...
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Thank you both for your replies. I think I will try and find some 1/4 maple, I'm guessing that is what the thickness is.... What are your thoughts on maybe oak?
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Ooooh...??...I don't think you are going to find one of these in material thinner than 10mm (~3/8") and most are going to be probably 20mm...(~3/4") of the traditional designs and/or one's that have lasted very long under regular use...???
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With the scroll design, the 1/4" Maple will easily break with a jerk on the yarn. I recommend either a thicker wood or go with the plywood your Dad suggested.
There shouldn't be too much pressure on the yarn box but the scroll design would take very little pressure to break.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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You can find oak in 1/2" (even 1/4") in lowes.

If you go on line to www.walllumber.com you can find any number of pine and hardwoods in sizes thinner than 3/4".

There is an imported pine from South America (I cannot think of the name at this time) that I used in the past that was 1/2" in thickness. Of course that has been over 40 years ago and it may no longer be imported.

Your jig saw will work fine for the scroll work.

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Thanks again everyone for the help. I think I'm going to go with something between 1/2 to 3/4 to make this box, either in maple or oak. If I could afford it, I think it would be cool to make it out of purpleheart or zebra wood.
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.These prices are for a 5 sq ft bundle. It is fairly expensive.


1/2" Thick (12 lbs.)3/8" Thick (9 lbs.)1/4" Thick (6 lbs.)
Zebrawood
$70.00$57.00$52.00
Purpleheart
$35.00$30.00$28.00
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You could get the 1/4" sheets, and make your own 1/2" plywood. Two layers, cross grain to each other, will cure all your "breakage" concerns. You only need to do that on the front piece. That would reduce the total weight of the box and give you a better edge look than actual plywood.
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Great advice from all previous posts! Consider going to a fabric shop (that may sell a "yarn box") to get a few more ideas & dimensions to make yours more "special". Have seen a few similar "boxes" with initials designed/cut into the sides. Take your time, and remember mark the date on the finished project. Hope to see more posts with your progress. Be safe.
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I would not advise using plywood if you want to duplicate the box joints. Box joints are just a giant pain to make in plywood. If you are going to use butt joints, go for it, but if you are using box joints, I suggest oak or something similar.
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Make sure that the finish is smooth to keep the yarn from snagging on any fuzzies or splinters.

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Thank you again for everyone's very helpful suggestions and ideas. It is going to take me at least a month until I get started as I need to buy tools first, but once I start this project I will make sure to start a build log and take pictures of every step.

Another quick question if I can ask..... What would be the best thing to seal or stain. I will be going with either Maple or Oak depending on the price.
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I would use Cherry

I just finsihed a small display cabinet in Cherry and it's a great wood to work with. It has a fine grain, unlike Oak which is coarse grained.
It finishes well also, with either a clear finish or a light stain. I used a fast dry poly on the cabinet.






This is a yarn box in Cherry:




Others on etsy;
https://www.etsy.com/listing/90063552/cherry-yarn-box

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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