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Wooden box projects and adventures #2: Another great day in the shop...

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Blog entry by Susan posted 1017 days ago 5234 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well…on my last blog I posted the pic of my box, and that was after I finished it up today…I used an alcohol based stain on the lid that I make up myself, left the base unstained and then gave it a coat of wax…I used car wax on this one…mainly because I have it, and also because my van is in such a state that I’m sure the wax would never do it any good.

Today started off with “What am I gonna do today?”....I have several things that I want to do, but somehow I always end up doing something completely different, and today was no exception. Instead of using some of the smaller coffin bases that I have, I decided to take on a ‘monster’ size coffin…well…not really THAT big..but the biggest one I’ve done yet…I have the base made up, and am gluing up two pieces for the bottom part of the top (it’s going to be at least two levels on the top…possibly more, I’ll see where it takes me). I’ll post pics as I go along. Overall it will be just under 20 inches long and about 10 inches at it’s widest point. I plan on making this one a really nice one…I want to do trim around each section in walnut and then possibly add handles of some type to it. Again, I’ll see where it takes me.

Basically, I start all my mini coffins from a basic plan. I found the directions (with the angles already figured out) on youtube. Here’s the link: http://youtu.be/UeoqZtqmaCQ. Basically, I had to start and stop the video a couple of times to take notes, but it’s the simplest plan yet that I have found. I also got some other plans (dimensions) for full size pincher toe coffins and then just scaled them down. But the angles are the same. I always make the mistake of not measuring out the points on the widest section, but it works out ok if your board of wood is not too wide. I’ve also found that it is fairly impossible for me to cut the base on my miter saw…I don’t know why, but I’ll get one side of the bottom part right, then the other side always goes wonky…I’ve tried flipping it, I’ve tried sawing with my left hand (the majority of the wood to the right of the blade…which I DON’T recommend, but then, there it is…)...all to no avail…so basically for the smaller ones, I cut the base on the bandsaw, and for the larger one I’m working on today, I was able to cut it with my circular saw…

I do all my cuts on my miter saw, but that thing is never really accurate, and honestly, my base is never quite perfect…but it’s all good because my absolute favorite tool in my shop is my guillotine….kinda fits with the coffin theme, right?? LOL….so that allows me to shave off the angles to exactly what I need for each project. This takes a little time, but it’s worth it. If you don’t have one, and do a lot of miter joints, I highly recommend this little beauty…you can get them for a fair price on ebay…gotta love the ebay… I’ll take some pics tomorrow, since everyone on here seems so keen on the pics!! I love that…and it does make a difference…Thanks to all who read my blog, I’m having fun with this, and I like to share…Happy Woodworking everyone!

-- Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle



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PurpLev

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#1 posted 1017 days ago

the days that you start by thinking of a project and end up getting carried away by a different one is always a good day in the shop… sounds like lots of fun. looking forward to seeing the monstreous coffin

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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HerbC

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#2 posted 1016 days ago

Good to see more from you. Look forward to seeing pictures of these mini-coffins…

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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Susan

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#3 posted 1016 days ago

Hey PurpLev and HerbC….thanks…here’s the start of the bigger coffin…today was a little slow. I’m figuring out how to do some mitered framework around each of the side sections, and getting the miters on the upright spots was giving me some brain pain…finally figured out that I could assemble the little ‘frames’ and then trim them up on the miter saw….they were too delicate for the guillotine…sadly, my right index finger was too delicate for it as well…gave myself a nice little slice!! LOL…it’s all good though…stuck on a couple of band-aids and some blue painters tape to keep all the nasty out and I was back at it in no time! I have pics of just the coffin carcass right now…and I’m working the rest of the week with my contracting job, so I’ll try and work on it in the evenings and then again on the weekend….The saw blade burns are, of course, needing to be sanded off…=0)

-- Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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HerbC

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#4 posted 1016 days ago

Susan,

You forgot the first rule of woodworking:

BE CAREFUL, CUT THE WOOD, NOT YOUR FLESH!

I can yell at you about this because I have learned the lesson the hard way.

Good photos of your project in progress. What is the finished product used for?

Take care.

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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Susan

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#5 posted 1016 days ago

I hear ya Herb….thing is, I tend to cut up my hands on a regular basis…I only know that it wasn’t serious, because it was my right index finger and not my left one…I have three good scars on that one, so I know I don’t have to worry as long as it’s not that finger!! LOL…no matter how many little stickers are on a tool, eventually someone puts their hand near the blade!!! Dang thing was so sharp, I never even know when I did it…only had a small drop or two of blood, and if I hadn’t noticed that, I would have never known it even happened!

Basically, they can be used for a variety of things. I happen to love Halloween, which is what interested me in them when I came across it on youtube. But they can be used for display, trinket boxes, and for the more practical, as a vessel for the remains of a pet that has passed on. (I think it might be a bit too creepy to keep human ashes in, but you could probably do that too…)...most of my smaller ones are really just trinket box size…I had a customer come in over the weekend who wanted one to bury his bird in, but I didn’t have one that was the right size…(the one that I did have was a little more than he wanted to spend…not that they are terribly expensive, but he couldn’t swing it…I’ve known the guy for a little while, he can barely keep his dog healthy….) I figured there are enough people out there who enjoy Halloween on a pretty grand scale, so I figured I’d make some up…I’ve sold two so far since I started making them last year…I don’t plan to retire on it, but I figure maybe I’ll get off my butt one of these days and put them up on ebay…

-- Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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rance

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#6 posted 1015 days ago

I like these. I made a toe pincher for our dog we put down. I also made one as a tool caddy for my Incra miter gauge. I need to post that one. Be sure to post the finished project when you are done with them.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Susan

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#7 posted 1015 days ago

Sure will Rance…sorry about your dog…I’m going to use one (probably this big one) for the ashes of two cats that I have and my dog that I had to have put down a couple of years ago…should be enough room for all three…this sucker’s a big un’! We used to bury our pets in the backyard, but they changed all the laws and we can’t do that now…last one to be buried back there was back in the mid 90’s.

-- Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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mafe

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#8 posted 1014 days ago

Hi Susan,
Love those little coffins, and yes the best days are always the once that carry us away (except when i a coffin).
Looking good from here, and I look forward to see more.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Susan

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#9 posted 1014 days ago

Thanks Mads….I’ll be working more on it tomorrow…thanks for the encouragement!

-- Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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mafe

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#10 posted 1013 days ago

Life is sweet when we remember to see it.
Smiles.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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