Box Stand #1: The Sketchupening

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Blog entry by Wiley posted 02-28-2010 06:15 AM 932 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My mom and my grandfather have their birthdays about a week apart in March, and I want to make them each something special. Since I’ve been making several dozen small boxes anyway, I thought I’d try combining a number of boxes together into larger pieces. I’d tried Sketchup before, but couldn’t get the hang of it. This time, however, I stumbled across the tutorials at Sketchup for Woodworkers and they helped enormously. At this point I’ve spent about five hours on it, but I’ve successfully modeled the project for my mom. The one for my grandfather will use a similar concept but will be a bit bigger to hold all of his fly tying stuff, while also being a bit simpler because it won’t have the curved sides.

The boxes are all made out of oak, but they’re stained with a Walnut finish on the ends. The frame will probably be made out of birch, because I have some of that on hand, but if something interesting turns up in the Rockler shorts bin before I have to start the frame it would be nice to use something I wouldn’t have to stain.

-- "When you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think straight" - Inherit the Wind

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