First Commissioned Piece

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Blog series by Ethan Sincox updated 09-27-2007 05:56 AM 5 parts 8191 reads 22 comments total

Part 1: My First Commissioned Piece

08-27-2007 09:01 PM by Ethan Sincox | 7 comments »

Well, it isn’t really my first commissioned piece, but it is the first one commissioned by a complete stranger. I seem to have an unending list of people I know who want me to make them something or another… When I made a presentation box for my best man’s sgian dubh (wedding present), the guy who made the sgian dubh posted a picture of the box and knife on his website with a link to my own personal website. A few weeks ago, someone putting in an order for a sgian dubh ...

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Part 2: Status Update

09-24-2007 09:27 PM by Ethan Sincox | 2 comments »

Ok, why is it so difficult for me to remember my camera when I’m working on this thing? Last night I was taking the clamp (large rubber band clamp) and tape (blue painter’s tape) off of my box, and I realized I hadn’t been taking ANY pictures as I originally planned on doing. The problem is that I’ll just get a free hour or two to work on it, so I’m more concerned with actually getting an hour’s worth of work done and less concerned with trying to remem...

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Part 3: Keyed miters

09-25-2007 06:22 AM by Ethan Sincox | 7 comments »

The box so far:- I’ve dimensioned the lumber and cut the miters- I cut the lid and bottom panels to size, cut rabbets into the lid, and glued suede cloth to the inside of the bottom panel and veneered a piece of white oak to the outside of the bottom panel- I inlaid the bog oak square and cut the oval for the red jasper cab- I glued up the box That takes us to this… You can see some of the nail and worm holes in the sides and lid; I could have left that out of the design, bu...

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Part 4: Give a box a top...

09-26-2007 06:33 AM by Ethan Sincox | 2 comments »

Back in the shop this evening… I’ve made some headway on the box, with just a minor adjustment here and there. For starters, I took my (really cheap) flush cut saw and cut the miter keys flush to the sides of the box. One of these days, I’ll need to break down and pay the shipping for the flush cut Japanese saw Lee Valley has; in one of the last Woodworking Magazine issues, they reviewed flush cut saws and that one came out tops. But that shipping cost of $10 for a $22...

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Part 5: Finished but not finished...

09-27-2007 05:56 AM by Ethan Sincox | 4 comments »

Finished but not finished? What does that mean? It means I spent some time this evening applying two coats of garnet shellac and then rubbing out the finish with Renaissance wax and steel wool, but I’m not done with the interior divider, so the box isn’t finished! But I thought I’d throw up a couple of pictures to show you the progress so far. Oh, the red jasper cab is not glued into the lid yet, but the fit is so tight I don’t have to worry about it falling ou...

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