Grandpa's Box #1: Halfway

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 06-25-2008 06:56 AM 1958 reads 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We lost Kristin’s Grandpa Bill on June 13th. I have more to say about him when I post the final project. For now, I will say we miss him very much.

I volunteered to make an urn for his ashes. The memorial is on Saturday, so I am on a timetable.

Take One
I read Gary Rogowski’s great Fine Woodworking article on mitered boxes and then SketchedUp a basic plan based on the size of box that the memorial home requested.

I originally intended to make the box from a pine board I got at Grandpa’s house.

I chewed it up with my initial attempts to make the mitered box.

So I invested some time making two jigs. A miter sled and a cradle for cutting miter keys based on the article.
Take Two
I picked out a board from the stash. Quartersawn white oak.

The box dry fit. 6” x 10” x 5.5” inches tall. 1/4” bottom.

I sanded and pre-finished the inside and bottom of the box with shellac.

Once it was taped on three corners I opened the box and applied the glue.

Taped and Clamped up.

After the box dried overnight, I planned out the miter key pattern. They are placed an inch from top and bottom and directly in the middle. Time to run the cradle.

I planed walnut down to 1/8”, ripped it, and busted out the dozuki.

Dry fitting the keys

I applied glue with a toothpick.

You can see my favorite knot here. Gnarly.

A little persuasion to get the keys to sit.

The keys are set and drying here.

A couple hours later I sawed the keys down.

I planed down the keys with a block plane. After two corners I decided to call it quits till tomorrow.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 06-25-2008 11:30 AM


You and Kristin both have my sympathies. What you are doing is a wonderful tribute to a man who obviously had a lot of influence in your lives. The box you are making shows a lot of character that is fitting for a man such as Bill was.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 06-25-2008 12:55 PM

Thanks for the detailed blog. I wondered how those keyed corners were done.

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 06-25-2008 02:51 PM

I am sorry to hear of the loss. What an honor to use your skill in this manner.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 06-25-2008 07:35 PM

Thanks for sharing this post during this tough time…clearly your skills are being used for a good purpose that all in the family will appreciate…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 06-26-2008 03:00 AM

Giz – I’m sorry for your loss. You are putting your skills to good use and it will honor Bill very well.

Prayers your way.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#6 posted 06-27-2008 04:59 AM

Thanks for the notes LJ’s.

I appreciate it.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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