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Blog entry by John Gray posted 10-26-2009 05:40 PM 10211 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I need to make a watertite wooden box for my waterstones and can’t seem to find the information I’m looking for.
I believe I saw this on the Woodwright’s Show but not for sure. Here’s what I saw “by whoever” they used a wire or thin strip of wood and “mashed” it into one half of the joint so it made a groove so the “wire” was flush with the surface of the wood, then assembled the joint and the wood expanded forcing the “wire” into the other half making it waterproof.
I hope you can follow my description.
Thanks,
John

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



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 10-26-2009 05:52 PM

Hey John
I remember that episode but I don’t remember the additional “wire” piece of wood,just the crushing down of wood on the edge.

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#2 posted 10-26-2009 06:32 PM

after you crush the center of the board it must be planed a bit so that when the wood expands the seal is good.

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#3 posted 10-26-2009 07:17 PM

Russ is right. We both watched Frank Klausz demonstrate how he makes his water tight stone box. He used plain old eastern white pine for the box. – Plane the bottom edges smooth. Use a sliding dovetail to put the sides together. Take a piece of wire – (he used a portion of a paint can handle) and pound it into the bottom edges of your box (down the center as close as you can). Then – and this is important - replane the bottom edges until the crease you made with the wire disappears. Then set your box onto your bottom platform. He screwed the bottom onto the box with everyday screws – nothing special. Then simply add water. It will probably leak a little at first. However, the water will eventually cause the fibers that were crushed by the wire to expand. That expansion creates the “caulk” that makes the seal. I forget how old he told us his box was – but it was no spring chicken.

Then simply add a platform above the water to hold your stone in place. Works great. He also demonstrates how he does this on one of his DVDs – but not sure which one.

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John Gray

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#4 posted 10-26-2009 07:37 PM

THANKS RUSS and BETSY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I wonder if Cedar would be OK to use, any ideas?

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John Gray

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#5 posted 10-27-2009 01:02 AM

I wonder if Cedar would be OK to use, any ideas?

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