First Real Commission - Box with a Secret Lock

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Blog entry by JamesVavra posted 05-26-2011 06:01 PM 3837 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I suppose that the box that I recently posted

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was technically a commission, but really he’s just paying me for the hardware and materials. It was a fun project though, and I’m perfectly fine with that arrangement.

However, I posted a few pictures of it on facebook and was contacted by the mother of a friend of mine. She really liked it and asked me to make her one. We agreed on a price and a delivery schedule and get this – while it won’t be a lot on an hourly basis, I will actually make about $60 on the project. I guess that means I lose my amateur status and can no longer participate in the woodworking olympics. (To be fair, I’ve sold a couple of dozen turnings, but never been commissioned to make a piece before.)

The next one will be similar, except is will have a veneered walnut burl center panel in the top and walnut miter keys. Also, I’m going to change the brass plate that the catch engages so that it covers the mortise in the lid (with a slot cut for the catch to swing through).

Also, I’m going to take rance's advice and invest in a flat ground blade for the key slots.


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