My 2008 "Not Just Any Box" Winter Awards #4: A few more pictures

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Blog entry by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 01-14-2008 08:26 PM 1161 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: More of My "Not just any box" Part 4 of My 2008 "Not Just Any Box" Winter Awards series Part 5: Making the drawer »

I finished sanding the exterior portion of the box down to 320 grit.

Then applied one coat of mineral oil. Boy did that make the grain standout.

I used Mineral Oil because it has no affect on Barb’s allergies. Otherwise it would have to stay out in my shop for a month.

The dimensions are, Height = 8” Width = 7” Depth = 4”

I’ll add some beeswax, for the final coats.

Now to finish making the drawer.

The back & front will be entirely different looking

Two choices of display

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#1 posted 01-14-2008 08:37 PM

Very Cool Dick;

Beautiful work.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 01-14-2008 08:41 PM

oh very cool
I love the “reversible” aspect to it.

This is one sweet “small wooden box”

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 01-14-2008 08:43 PM

can’t wait to see how the drawer fits in.

-- life can always be weaved into a song.

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#4 posted 01-14-2008 08:57 PM

Looks great so far! can’t wait to see the finished project.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#5 posted 01-14-2008 08:59 PM

That is sweet. Cant wait to see it all together.

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#6 posted 01-14-2008 09:27 PM

Gorgeous Dick, is Barb allergic to the spalting like I am? Another thing that covers it completely is mirror coat. They use it on bar tops. You can get it through Woodcraft. It’s like epoxy. Except you can see through it and it doesn’t yellow. Beautiful project. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 01-14-2008 09:41 PM

Very nice!

Great job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 01-14-2008 10:41 PM

I am really enjoying watch a beautiful piece of wood turn into a beautiful box. Very cool.

-- Working at Woodworking

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 01-14-2008 11:09 PM

Thanks for all of the fine comments!

I have explain about Barb’s allergies. She is multi-chemical sensitive, just about anything that has an odor, like

perfumes, paints, smoke, & flowers, even the fumes from popping corn bothers her.

She had Lyme disease about 18 years ago, & it threw her immune system all out of whack.

That’s why I’ve started using Mineral Oil, & Beeswax. Besides that it’s very cheap, compared to all the other finishes on the market. LOL

I can use other finishes, but they have to stay out in my shop until all of the chemicals evaporate.

The Thorsen table I made last spring had to stay in the shop about 1 1/2 months.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 01-15-2008 12:06 AM

Very clever Dick. I Look forward to seeing the end product.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 01-15-2008 01:26 AM

Dick, This is turning out great. Really looking forward to the completed project.
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#12 posted 01-15-2008 02:11 AM

This is really nice, Dick. I like how organic the design is. I’m sure Barb will love it and it’s a great project for the new saw. What are the rough dimensions?

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#13 posted 01-15-2008 02:13 AM

Dick very nice. We are all waiting on the drawer.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#14 posted 01-15-2008 02:52 AM

Thanks Jeff, I just added the dimensions.

Thanks Karson, I took today off.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#15 posted 01-15-2008 10:02 PM

SUPER NICE! We are all waiting on the drawer.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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