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Blog entry by dustbunny posted 05-02-2010 10:16 PM 1251 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I am currently working on a box for a friend to give to her husband for his birthday. I have abandoned all else as this is due in two weeks. I have cut all the pieces and have done the ebony inlay on the lid and front drawer. I have never done inlay before so I was up for the challenge, and dug out my Dremel with the router attachment that I have never used either. That was interesting to say the least.
I ordered 8/4 rough cut mahogany and it looked good from the outside. When I started cutting it I found it was lousy, kinda stringy, fuzzy, and pulpy. I had to go with it due to a time constraint. I have decided to stain it mahogany and finish with wipe on poly. Then I will throw the stain away because it is evil. I like natural colored wood.
The hardest part of this design is the drawer. My friend requested no pulls with a flush face. “So…how ya gonna open it”, and she said, “you can figure that out”. I did. I used magnetic click lock catches. Those are the two brown things in the picture. They sit at the back of the drawer, the drawer is flush, you press it in and it releases the drawer to just outside the box. The drawer can be pulled from the magnets with a finger. It worked.
I could have ordered lower profile catches, but again, time is of the essence. They take about an inch and a half from the drawer. Oh well, the drawer is still big enough.
I am getting ready to sand, stain and finish the inside pieces, then glue it up and finish her off.

Thanks for looking,


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#1 posted 05-02-2010 10:30 PM

Waiting for the finished box… this will be awesome I am sure..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 05-02-2010 11:15 PM

Anxious to see the finished project! I am sure it will be awesome…just like all your other projects.

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#3 posted 05-02-2010 11:24 PM

I´m not worryed I´m sure you come out with a great box
I realy look forward to see what you will surprice us with


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#4 posted 05-03-2010 12:17 AM

we don’t call you bunny for nothing ,

you will dust it up with any new challenge !

way to go ,girl .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 05-03-2010 12:26 AM

Looking forward to seeing your progress.
I’m sure it will be educational and just super!!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 05-03-2010 12:28 AM

Looking great. I’ve got some South American mahogany and some of it planes with strings and others give an ultra smooth surface. Even if I change directions on the planing It gets the same surface. So I don’t know if it’s punk/junk or if it’s just the way that things are.

Some is light lemon yellow and others are orange/brown like an manila envelope, some seems to have an oilish like surface and others are quite dry. Where I get it they call it South American mahogany so it could be a couple of different species.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 05-03-2010 12:36 AM

Looking good so far and it’s sure to be another winner. I hope you will be posting the finished project.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 05-03-2010 01:06 AM

Like the drawer latch idea1 Looking forward to seeing the finished project.

-- Bill, Michigan "People don't come preassebled, but are glued together by life"

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#9 posted 05-03-2010 02:21 AM

lookin good

-- Smitty!!!

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#10 posted 05-03-2010 02:55 AM

Looks great so far. Waiting for the finished box. Bet it will be awesome.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#11 posted 05-03-2010 03:13 AM

great work, can’t wait to see the finnish project.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#12 posted 05-03-2010 03:34 AM

Boy oh boy that’s a lot of parts I’m sure that you will make some great boxes. Look forward to more updates.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#13 posted 05-03-2010 03:43 AM

Thanks to all…
Karson, I did some searching,
I believe it is Philippine mahogany aka Luan. It can be very light in color.
I think it is just, as you say, punk/junk.
I’m making the best of it, it’s all I have right now.
I also can’t wait to see the end of this project…LOL


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#14 posted 05-03-2010 03:47 AM

No doubt, it is going to be a great box.

As a beginner, I am impressed that you have all the pieces cut for the box and the drawer and you know it is going to fit properly. I know I’ll eventually get it figured out myself, but for now, I am in awe. :)

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#15 posted 05-03-2010 04:06 AM

Mary Anne,
Ancient Chinese secret….masking tape LOL
All the pieces have been test fitted
while held together with masking tape.
There were no “plans” for the box,
it’s all in my head,
the voices told me how to build it.
And Thank You,


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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