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RUSH BOXES FOR MY RELATIVES FROM ABROAD #1: The Reunion Due My Wife's Cousin Passing Away

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Just this morning (7 July), I was saddened by a death in my wife’s family circle. Doris passed away today due to Kidney complications. Three years ago, she had undergone kidney transplant and we thought she was cured. And because of this, there will be 4 families coming home from USA and one from London will be here. A FAMILY REUNION. I am thinking to give gifts (boxes) to each family that makes 7 boxes. IF ONLY I HAVE TIME… CAN I DO IT? Can I let others do it? No matter what will be the consequences, I WILL DO THE BEST.. I am writing following situation. IS THIS POSSIBLE TO DO 7 boxes…..HOW MANY DAYS?

7 boxes:
Material: Variety and whatever available sizes:
Time—- the hardest to find.
target:—prior departure—tentative.
Assistant … have to look for.

Can you help me out … how many days could you make for 7 boxes. Would it be better if I have an assisstant or a helper?

-- Bert



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wseand

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#1 posted 1485 days ago

First sorry for your loss. If the boxes were not to intricate than I would say it is possible, for one person to do. If you can make them relatively close to the same size than it would minimize setup time.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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degoose

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#2 posted 1485 days ago

I suggest 7 similar boxes.. just different timbers…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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BertFlores58

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#3 posted 1485 days ago

Thanks Larry and Bill,
Additional info …
1. Use mitered (I have 10” sliding miter saw 2.5mm Kerf) joint. This is the fastest joint.
2. Splined or keyed. Have to use my portable circular saw. Kerf 2 mm. Make Jig and easy to mount.
3. Larry, can I copy your style on the cover and hinges? On hinges, are the pins from wood or nails?
I have a router bit that could make the bevel framing..

Larry's boxes

Have to go and make wood inventory for these boxes? to be continued..

-- Bert

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littlecope

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#4 posted 1485 days ago

My condolences to You and Your Family, Bert…
You can do it!! As has been suggested, your best bet is to make them similarly…
You’d better get cracking on them though!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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janice

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#5 posted 1485 days ago

My condolences too, Bert.
Sometimes when your mind is somewhere else, it’s best to stay away from the workshop, powertools…
But for some people that might be the place to be. I think you can do it. Just be safe.

-- Janice

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Bill Davis

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#6 posted 1485 days ago

Bert
What a nice thing to do for grieving family members. I do however pray it will be a good reunion even under sad circumstances. Those who return home with one of your beautiful boxes will have a fine remembrance of the occasion. Wish I were back in the PI where my shop is and I would gladly offer my shop to help but I’m sure August will be too late for that. Please let me know about the timing because my offer is sincere.

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Cozmo35

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#7 posted 1485 days ago

My condolences Bert. It is never easy to loose a loved one. God puts nothing on us we can’t handle. If it is his will, you’ll get it done. If not, I am sure the Families will understand and there is always the option of shipping it to them but at an additional cost. Again, my condolences…

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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BertFlores58

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#8 posted 1485 days ago

Bill, I am so happy to hear that you are so generous in all aspects the poor… the needy ones … the grievy. But I am sure you are back in Colorado with your family and hope you enjoy the best reunion with them. Yes, I will let you know around August. Agnes is a pre-school teacher who is really interest in mission work. At present she is on tutorial basis. By the way, about 10 minutes car drive from, another LJ Benjie Reyes residence and shop is situated. Also a very talented Filipino on his original design. Visit his projects and you will be amazed… I hope I can visit him… I am too occupied this day. We have already meet once.
You are most welcome too in our house.

Janice, Thanks for your care. Be asured I will be very carefull and will maintain my presence of mind. I am trained for that as I was a seaman before. Faraway from home and if something happen bad back home, we still need to work. Concentration and setting aside the problem is the solution.

Almost all of you suggest similar design and construction. So be it and follow my elders… ha ha ha LOL IN WOODWORKING… THANKS EVERYBODY.. LUCKILY THE DEADLINE (DEPARTURE DATE) 19 JULY….whew?!!

-- Bert

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tyskkvinna

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#9 posted 1485 days ago

I think this is a very kindhearted project for you to undertake. I would think it would be quite possible, if you sort of “assembly line” your boxes. Cut all the lumber together, do all the joints together, etc. Instead of focusing on a single box at a time.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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BritBoxmaker

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#10 posted 1485 days ago

Bert, sorry for your loss. Lis is right make all seven together. For a simple mitre box construction click on my blog, here

I find its possible to mke boxes like this in three days, if you use a top pattern or two days, plain with no op pattern.

If you decide you want a top pattern simply make it really thick, 50mm or more and re-saw it into seven identical slices. I find identical boxes makes a nice way to give people a common sense of an occaision, happy or sad.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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patron

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#11 posted 1485 days ago

my condolence to you all for your loss ,

as suggested , ‘assembly line’ is the way to go ,
for the amount of time you have ,
leave some for finishing too .

the fact that they will be similar ,
ads to the unity of the family’s ,
when ever they get together in the future ,
all will remember ,
seeing the similar box .

best to you in this .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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BertFlores58

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#12 posted 1485 days ago

just I’ve told previous, I just follow my elders…. LOL in woodworking
So before I sign off to sleep while you’ve just waken up ... I have a recap..
DESIGN = SAME for 7
PROCESS = MITTERING, CUTTING TO SIZE, SIMPLE HINGE
MASS PRODUCTION ASSEMBLY LINE ;
1. SORTING OUT MATERIALS
2. CUTTING TO SIZE
3. PROCESS: 1. ROUTING 2. BEVELING 3. PLANING 4. GLUING 5. SPLINE
4. FINAL ASSEMBLY ….. ONE BY ONE
5. FINISHING…
6. SEND-OFF.

One more… would it be okay for you if there are no compartment inside or divisions?? Okay if there are so there should be for all and be done same process…

O YA… I HAVE TO SQUEEZE IN MY LUNCH, COFFEE, LESSEN SMOKE, DINNER, AND REST TIME.. HONEY TIME…. Till tomorrow guys… This coming saturday no woodworking. I’ll be driving to the most famous province in the Philippines… PANGASINAN .. where the hundread island is…. and this is also the place of FURNITURE MAKING…. I’ll take pictures of wood along the road specially some LJ interest.

-- Bert

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BertFlores58

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#13 posted 1485 days ago

Manila to Pangasinan 400 km (1 mile = 1.602 km) up to you to convert .. Drive for about 6 hours by car…

-- Bert

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patron

12976 posts in 1945 days


#14 posted 1485 days ago

no time for trays ,
(just my opinion) .

save what time you have for any unforeseen problems ,

sometimes they creep in !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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BritBoxmaker

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#15 posted 1485 days ago

Bert, in this case less is more

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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