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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 838 days ago 2198 reads 6 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A gift for my nephew. Mostly I wanted to come up with a method for the swiveling lid.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 838 days ago

Awesome Steve, Is that maple?

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#2 posted 838 days ago

Looks like a Pirate’s pick box ARrrrrrrgh. Nice job all around.

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#3 posted 838 days ago

Actually, his middle initial is R too. I wanted ARR! But the letters were just too small.

Robert: yes, maple.

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Bill Akins

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#4 posted 838 days ago

Cool, I like it. Don’t have any pickers in the family but that would make a neat heart shaped box.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 838 days ago


Interesting way to make hinge…
I normally would just have the wood dowel having a good tight fit… seems to work…
... I like your method… more of a Positive long lasting result.

Also, another design feature that could have been done:
Hide the Magnets completely by slicing 1/16” slabs off of where magnets would be seen, drill for magnets as you did, THEN glue the 1/16” covers back on! Bingo mystery magnets!
(and you would not have worry about the magnets coming loose, which I have had happen)
Here, the magnets would not even need epoxy, etc. They are captured in place w/o any possibility of coming off. LOL

I know… Picky, picky, picky… LOL
I like your design… I think I will make one for a Grandson…

I don’t have any Picks to play with… could you give us some dimensions… including depth of Pick compartment?

Thank you very much!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#6 posted 838 days ago

nice job Steve :-)


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#7 posted 838 days ago

Hi Steve,

nice box. Concerning the hole and the tip of the forstner bit: I like Joe’s idea but would prefer a router bit that can dive into the material. To keep things simple I would use carpet tape to stick the workpiece to the router’s base plate, adjust the depth stop to what I want and give it a slow and gentle push on the workbench. No need for further jigs this way. That of course depends on the size of the hole in your base plate. Simple solution to that problem would probably be to add a thin piece of plywood and cut through it. This way you would have plenty of surface for the tape, no tearout and a hole to easily help you position the piece.

Or you could simply take that piece of ply, put it aginst the fence of your router table, add a stop block, cut through the ply to indicate the position of the hole in your setup and then again stick the workpiece on top. Downside here is that you need a router table with a mechanism that allows you to adjust the height without getting in the way. Like the one I have … Feel free to come over any time :-)

Thanks again for another great project!

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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#8 posted 838 days ago

Cool project. I like the background music.

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

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#9 posted 838 days ago

great video steve,nice drum roll i never thought about useing a roto to carve out a design .

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#10 posted 838 days ago

Steve,that’s a neat idea for aligning the magnets, thanks.

-- Rodman

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#11 posted 838 days ago

Cool pick box. I too have a nephew that plays guitar, perhaps I’ll make him one. Also, to take care of that little hole left by the forstner bit you might want to use a tooth pick as a dowel. It should just blend right in with the maple.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#12 posted 838 days ago

Steve: the link is broken for me.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#13 posted 837 days ago

Forget previous post finally got Utube to play your video
never had trouble before…....
thanks for the nice post very ingeneous..
Will try thois on my next box.
from the Wrinkle Farm.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 837 days ago

That’s really cool, Steve. I know a couple people who might need one!!
Thanks, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 836 days ago

Hi, Steve—interesting stuff. I have a Craftsman 3-wheel bandsaw of roughly the same vintage that my dad bought used in the 1950s; same adjustment lever for the table, name plate looks very similar:

Resaw capacity on this baby is a whopping 3 inches or so (maybe a teensy bit more). But it still works surprisingly well for its age. (A lot like my dad, I suppose :)

My son plays guitar (as do I)—might have to make a couple of those pick boxes…

—Doug in Kansas

-- Doug, Kansas,

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