Playing Card Box No.2

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Blog entry by SkyPaint posted 07-30-2010 02:38 PM 1017 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The finishing of my first card box took a slightly different direction than I was expecting.. not a ‘write off’ but not what I wanted.
So I think I’m ready to make one with my ‘good wood’.

I picked out a log from some fire wood on a recent camp outing.
Lodgepole Pine

I used a buck saw to remove most of the loose bark..

.. Attached a guide board

Made two passes on the table saw

Hand cut the center

board cut from one of the log halfs

Flattening the board..

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#1 posted 07-30-2010 03:44 PM

interesting. Will be watching for the finished piece.

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#2 posted 07-30-2010 06:34 PM

Looking good!

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#3 posted 08-29-2010 03:55 PM

Hi folks, I’ve been away on two different vacations so I’ve not got much done recently with my boxes and on top of that I’ve broken a bone in my right hand, but I’m not going to slow me down.. I hope.

I brought home a very nice piece of Birch that I saved from the fire wood pile.. I’m hoping that this wood will ‘work’ better that the Pine I’ve been using for the playing card box.. I find the Pine is a bit too soft plus I’ve seen many comments from folks that have said that they prefer the way that a hard wood works.

I’ve also the last work I’ve done was to improve my ole Stanley No 5 bench plane. I bought a new blade from Lee Valley and I’ve been practicing sharpening the old blade and putting a round edge to it (Forgot the actual name for this type of curve). Was finally able to work out a process to do this accurately and I have to say that I’m quite impressed with the results. I’ve actually spent quite a lot of time working on the plane to improve the state it was in and this is by far my favorite wood working tool as the degree of accuracy that can be achieved with it is quite amazing.. I LOVE IT!
So with a finely honed blade I find it cuts through hard wood with ease and I’m not so intimidated by the hard woods as I used to be and I’m really looking forward to making a number of card boxes for relatives for Christmas presents.. I picked up a number of card decks from Jasper Alberta with scenic mountain pictures so I expect that they’ll love the keep sake as a reminder of our vacation.

Seems like a good excuse to me to get back at it :)

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