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Tiny Walnut Box From Log With Power/Handtools #1: Start with a Log

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Blog entry by Bertha posted 08-30-2011 09:03 PM 4434 reads 2 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I wanted to make a tiny walnut box from a piece of walnut.
This tiny box is for a colleague of mine who’s expecting a big wedding anniversary.

First, you’ve got to go hunting for a good log. A dog is good for this.

Once a nice walnut log is found, you’re in business. This one was in a scrap pile.

You’ll want to resaw this log. This isn’t THE log, but you get the picture.

Here’s my log resawn into 1/2 inch planks using a 3/4 inch 3tpi Lenox and my log jig.

I’m a glutton for punishment, sure, but I thicknessed this to 3/8 inch on the planer.

Trim off the fat on the TS and RAS.

Select my pieces and submit them for inspection.

These will do nicely. The sap on the top is very brittle. I’ll have to watch my step!

I’ll be doing fulls, so I titemark off my scribe lines and start the 1:6 tail first cuts with the dozuki.

Working on the tail boards.

Transfer and cut the pin boards, paring to fit.

Dry fit and keep moving.

The stopped bottom dados will be tricky, the sliding top likely more so. I’ll use a Witherby 1/8 inch sash chisel and take my sweet time with it.

Nibble rebates on the TS for the bottom. Slow going but good fits.

All done with the stopped bottom dados.

Dry fit. A rosewood handled Butcher stands atop.

A quick chat with a skew molder.

Next step, dados for the sliding top and top assembly!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog



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ShaneA

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#1 posted 08-30-2011 09:22 PM

Al, keep up the good work. That is a lot of hand tool work for a power tool guy like me. That would take me 6 months and 40bf of walnut to get that far.

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Bertha

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#2 posted 08-30-2011 09:24 PM

LOL, I doubt it Shane! All you need is a log and a few chisels. Go for it, man!
Plus, that’s a 20” bandsaw, so I’m guilty of loving powertools too;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Bob N

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#3 posted 08-30-2011 09:26 PM

WOW! Now that is woodworking. A great write up and even greater build.

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Bertha

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#4 posted 08-30-2011 09:28 PM

Thanks Bob N! I’m trying to share both power and handtool stuff. I’m hoping someone will pick up their first chisel and start banging on something;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Bertha

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#5 posted 08-30-2011 09:33 PM

Someone will probably ask me about the tail to pin transfer. If you’re interested, this is how I like to do it.
1) first I cut my tails and get them perfect. I like to make the main cuts with a Japanese saw.
2) I cut to the strike line with the show face toward me so I don’t overshoot the show face
3) I then take a small wedge out of both faces at the strike line to avoid tearout
4) I’ll cut downward at the strikeline, then remove a small chip by chiseling lightly into the endgrain
5) After removal, I’ll clean up the tails with a dovetail chisel and/or sharp carving knife

To transfer to pins

1) I hold the pinboard in a vise and apply the tail board
2) I mark out the pins with a very sharp point exacto and some good light
3) THEN, I line up a sharp chisel on the exacto marks and give it a tap for a good straight line
4) Then I cut outside the line with a Japanese saw
5) then I pare to the chisel mark with a sharp paring chisel
6) then I clean up the tails and test fit

No sweat!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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MrDan

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#6 posted 08-30-2011 10:00 PM

That is cool. I have a lot of orchards near me that sell cherry, walnut, and other great woods as firewood, so I’m going to have to start using some of that wood like this. Nicely done. That last photo is funny. It looks like a giant moulding plane!

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Napoleon

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#7 posted 08-30-2011 10:00 PM

A cute little box and a very BIG bandsav for hobby :D nice.

Nothing like handcut-dovetails :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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Bertha

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#8 posted 08-30-2011 10:03 PM

Thanks guys! Yeah, that molder looks huge next to my tiny box! :)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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SamuelP

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#9 posted 08-30-2011 10:24 PM

Nice band saw. I have a few logs that could use some slicing.

-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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Bertha

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#10 posted 08-30-2011 10:26 PM

^it’s a monster but even with a really large blade, it’s slow going on the log cutting.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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CharlieM1958

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#11 posted 08-30-2011 10:42 PM

The box looks great, Al, but quit trying to get yourself into the pictures.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Bertha

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#12 posted 08-30-2011 10:46 PM

I can’t let my owner have all the fun can I, Charlie;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Bertha

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#13 posted 08-30-2011 10:46 PM

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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grizzman

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#14 posted 08-30-2011 11:30 PM

he aint no ordinary dog, he’s a log tracker….dont matter what that log does, that dog will find it, and did…tracked it down, and it went to the saw, then the man with the tools did a wonderful job…i tell ya al…you have some beautiful hand tools and im glad to learn what i can from your blogs and projects…they look razor sharp and you know what your doing with them…great blog here…...thanks al…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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therookie

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#15 posted 08-30-2011 11:40 PM

I really like this blog so far.

-- http://aewoodworks.webs.com

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