Tiny Walnut Box From Log With Power/Handtools

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Blog series by Bertha updated 09-02-2011 02:11 PM 3 parts 27634 reads 78 comments total

Part 1: Start with a Log

08-30-2011 09:03 PM by Bertha | 35 comments »

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 ...

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Part 2: Gotta make a lid somehow

08-31-2011 02:39 PM by Bertha | 14 comments »

This is going to be a sliding lid (by request) and I’m going to have to be really careful with that brittle sapwood. I’ve already marked out for the lid thickness and I’ll cut the dado first, then match the lid (since I have more wood than box!). As promised, a 1/8” sash will execute this slow-going dado. Remove the top ever so carefully to give myself some walls. Then, I’ll use the sash bevel-down to clear out the dado, cleaning up the walls as necessa...

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Part 3: glue-up and finishing

09-02-2011 02:11 PM by Bertha | 29 comments »

I was tempted not to glue this box up; rather leaving it as a puzzle, since it’ll only go together one way. Ah well, I glued it with Titebond III and a bit of clamping pressure. While the box was gluing up, I sanded the lid to 400 and prepped it for the oil. Watco Dark Walnut Danish Oil hits the wood for the first time. This is the only part of finishing I like;) Flood coat followed by a rough wetsanded swirly coat @ 400 grit. Popped the box out of the clamps...

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