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Blog entry by Marty Backe posted 12-23-2014 04:53 PM 3191 reads 7 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Watch me make a handful of small French fitted presentation boxes for some gifts




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#1 posted 12-23-2014 05:33 PM

Nice work Marty
You pay attention to all off the details that’s what makes your finished project so nice.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 12-23-2014 06:36 PM

They look beautiful, Mary. Thank you very much for sharing how you made them.

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#3 posted 12-23-2014 09:23 PM

I like my Milwaukee knife and those are nice cases for them.

-- -Steven Peck, http://www.blkmtn.org

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#4 posted 12-24-2014 03:19 AM

What a beautiful presentation box! Your attention to detail makes it look easy (all your parts fit perfectly).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 12-24-2014 04:00 AM

Excellent work Marty!

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#6 posted 12-24-2014 08:56 AM

Very well done video and the attention to detail/craftsmanship is excellent. Beautiful boxes and thanks for the tip on shellac for the walnut first. Well done !! What type of brush are you using to apply the glue with?

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#7 posted 12-24-2014 02:41 PM

Beautiful job. Thank you for the tips using a hand plane for the top, I’ve always flattened with sandpaper on a flat surface and the shellac on the walnut.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#8 posted 12-24-2014 05:46 PM

Lots of neat tricks and detail in this video … although I could not understand a lot of the narration, (I am hard of hearing and sound quality all being factors, ... Marty mumbles). I learned a lot from watching.

Looks to me like a ‘French Joint’ is one big dovetail, a beautiful joint. and using the smoother plane as Marty does to remove the bandsaw marks is true craftsmanship.

I just wish my ears worked better … Guys, ... wear your earplugs, save what you’ve got

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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Marty Backe

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#9 posted 12-24-2014 08:39 PM

Thanks for the compliment Jim. I appreciate it!


Nice work Marty
You pay attention to all off the details that s what makes your finished project so nice.

- a1Jim


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Marty Backe

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#10 posted 12-24-2014 08:41 PM

I do use sandpaper as a first pass, but then use a plane to achieve a perfectly flat and smooth joint.


Beautiful job. Thank you for the tips using a hand plane for the top, I ve always flattened with sandpaper on a flat surface and the shellac on the walnut.

- 489tad


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Marty Backe

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#11 posted 12-24-2014 08:42 PM

Thanks.

That brush is the Rockler glue brush that they came out with a few years ago. They have different sizes too. Those are all I use now.


Very well done video and the attention to detail/craftsmanship is excellent. Beautiful boxes and thanks for the tip on shellac for the walnut first. Well done !! What type of brush are you using to apply the glue with?

- Northwest29


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Marty Backe

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#12 posted 12-24-2014 08:42 PM

Thanks


What a beautiful presentation box! Your attention to detail makes it look easy (all your parts fit perfectly).

- gfadvm


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Marty Backe

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#13 posted 12-24-2014 08:43 PM

Thanks


Excellent work Marty!

- waho6o9


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Marty Backe

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#14 posted 12-24-2014 08:45 PM

I hope I’m not mumbling ;-)

I talked about ‘French Fitting’, not ‘Joint’. The corners are done with a single large dovetail, but the inside is French Fitted.


Lots of neat tricks and detail in this video … although I could not understand a lot of the narration, (I am hard of hearing and sound quality all being factors, ... Marty mumbles). I learned a lot from watching.

Looks to me like a French Joint is one big dovetail, a beautiful joint. and using the smoother plane as Marty does to remove the bandsaw marks is true craftsmanship.

I just wish my ears worked better … Guys, ... wear your earplugs, save what you ve got

- Grumpymike


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#15 posted 12-25-2014 01:34 AM

Great video—thanks for sharing!

-- Dean

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