If you want to make this simpler to build, then you can certainly leave the box joints out and replace them with butt joints.

Ageing choice

solid oak log box holder

This bespoke box can be made with your choice of colour and ageing to match your fireplace surround or beam. This bespoke box can be made with your choice of colour and ageing to match your fireplace surround or beam. What kind of wood did you use to build this and how did you make sure that your end cuts didn’t end up being black when you stained it?

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