Mistake goes good

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Blog entry by Russ posted 11-08-2010 03:56 AM 1085 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started practicing box making and my first one is this “mistake”

. Spalted birch is too soft for dovetails so a miter box was tried. The corners did not match up very well and as I was looking at it the idea of a tissue box came to mind. With the resawing I end up with 1/2 ” and 3/8” after planing. Put the 3/8” on top and rounded the corners. The box was too big so I wedged it to make the box fit and put dowels in the bottom to hold the box in and this photo shows !!

One thing I love about AK birch is the coloration that comes out with one coat of tung oil! I will finish it with Sam #1 (Sam Maloof’s blo, tung oil and urethane) and put it to use in our house. I enjoy figuring out these kinds of problems, reminds me of my years as a chef/cook when there was great joy from solving problems.

-- Happiness is being covered in sawdust

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#1 posted 11-08-2010 04:16 AM

Nice save, looks great…..And I’ll second the garlic …...

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#2 posted 11-08-2010 04:32 AM

Just pinch of oregano. Ahhh That’s better. Now it tastes as good as it looks.

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#3 posted 11-08-2010 06:57 AM

Did you use DeGoose’s measure once, drink twice’?? LOL It looks good and if you are the only one to change tissue boxes, who will know? I have had issues with soft parts of Spalted Birch. I cut some slots in a slat for an ear ring stand and they broke along the spalting lines. Super clue helped! Thanks for showing your work.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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