more boxes #1: first blog post

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Blog entry by Chris Cook posted 03-29-2012 03:01 AM 1412 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello to all, my first post

To hone my skills and learn new ones, I make boxes as a means of experimentation.

I’ve made about 40 boxes so far (and other things) and I have not made the same box twice as of yet. My goal is always to try new things and techniques. This sometimes leads to having to change gears and make on-the-fly adjustments.

Here is one of my latest and the first time I’ve tried to have the hinge on the inside:

The biggest error I made was using two rare-earth magnets for the lid. This made for a lid that was VERY difficult to open, so I had to subsititute a washer for the top magnet. I’ll later replace this with a metal slug.

another item to share. I love picking up these black-walnut burl blocks. Here’s one I’ve cleaned up and I have already cut it up on a project (I’ll post that later).

This type of burl is so beautiful I am compelled to just put some tung oil on it and put it on a shelf!!

thanks for looking

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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robert triplett

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#1 posted 03-29-2012 03:41 AM

I like the variety of designs. That Walnut will make a cool box or two. Maybe frame a thin slice! I had the same problem with using magnets. I finally sold it and did not have to watch people struggle with it.

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

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#2 posted 03-29-2012 07:01 AM

Hi nice boxes. I’m curious how you cut your corners at 90. Do you use mitre saw, table saw or other. And after your cuts are done do you sand them or straight to glue up.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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Chris Cook

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#3 posted 03-29-2012 10:42 PM

@Robert: What a great idea to frame a piece of finished walnut!

@ Geoff: I used to use a mitre saw (with limited success) for both mitres and 90 degree cuts. I now use my table saw (new) for both. I finally upgraded to a saw that allows me do these cuts they way they should be done. I use a sled on the 90 degree cuts for best results.


-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#4 posted 03-30-2012 07:30 PM

Very nice boxes and beautiful wood.ยจ

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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