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Blog entry by icemanhank posted 656 days ago 920 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi there,

I have been doing bits,n pieces of woodworking for years now and after recently finding this site was inspired by ‘Don’ to have a go at making a box. I have unashamedly been using one of his boxes as a guide because I love the look of it.

I joined my local woodworkers club ‘Hawkesbury Woodcraft Co-operative’ and the guys there have been really helpful and supportive, there is also a really good array of equipment and materials to use at the club.

I have also invested in some beautiful hand tools; planes from H.N.T Gordon, water stones and jigs from Michael Conner, I am particularly enjoying using these hand tools. Michael also very kindly gave me some tool sharpening lessons to get my old planes and chisels up to a good standard.

I am trying to do as much as I can by hand.

Here are some pics so far;

1st pic – The frame, I am not sure what the lighter wood is but the pinky one is some old Silky Oak I had lying around these have been cut to size and glued together.

2nd pic – Next I brought some Myrtle burl veneer and veneered both sides of a piece of ply, the club has a quite large press as shown in the pic. I also brought some tools and equipment to do more veneering (this was my first attempt at this)

3rd pic – I made a jig to insert a key to the corners of the lid

4 and 5th pic – The finished lid

6th pic – Starting on the box using Jarrah

I hope I have posted this in the right place, please let me know if I haven’t.

Thanks for looking, David

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David



9 comments so far

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 656 days ago

You are showing patience. That’s something I really struggle with. Nice work.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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jap

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#2 posted 656 days ago

it’s coming along great!

-- Joel

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 655 days ago

Absolutely beautiful top. Love the wood combination.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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icemanhank

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#4 posted 654 days ago

Thanks for the compliments, I have been working pretty hard on it over the last couple of days as it is to be a gift for a very ill friend.

I have some pics here of getting the box made.

All of the corners were done by hand with a block plane and shooting board, the tiny shelf will be to hold a removable tray (yet to be made)

The parts layed out, the base is ply veneered with Jarrah

Asssembly and gluing, every thing fits nicely, then fitted the splines and did a small rebated for the opening of the lid.

1 coat of danish oil applied and another to go and some bees wax when it is dry then I need to buy some hardware.
To finish it all off I will need to make a tray for the inside, not sure what I am doing with that but I’ll see what wood I have lying around.

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David

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icemanhank

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#5 posted 649 days ago

I have finished my box now, here are the final pics;

Next job is another turntable plinth so I am going to be doing some thinking about what I would like it to look like.

Regards to all.

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David

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itsmic

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#6 posted 648 days ago

Very classy work, fine style with exacting craftsmanship, Great job, thanks for sharing the extra pics

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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MrJesse34

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#7 posted 646 days ago

can you explain with a little detail how you achieved that finish on all the pieces?

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icemanhank

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#8 posted 645 days ago

Hi MrJesse,

I am assuming you mean the final finish, firstly I used a scraper (my block plane with blade reversed) and fine paper on all pieces.
The lid I gave two coats of scandinavian oil, applied liberally with a brush and wiped off with a clean rag after about 10’ each time, then when completely dry, about 6 applications of bees wax polishing after each application.
I tried not to go for a completely smooth finish on the burl as it looked so good with the natural imperfections giving the lid a bit of a 3D effect next to the Silky Oak.
The body of the box and tray have just had one coat of scandinavian oil applied as per the lid. I was very careful when gluing all pieces to have as little exess glue on the joints as possible and if there was any I removed straight away before it had time to get into the unfinished wood.

Just let me know if this isn’t what you meant.

All the best, David

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David

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icemanhank

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#9 posted 596 days ago

Hi all, way way back in my first pic I said I didn’t know what the lighter wood was. I now know it is Silver Ash for anybody that may be interested.

I hope every body has a safe and healthy 2013.

I have brought a large slab of Murray River Red Gum and some lovely tools from David Baron in the UK for my next turntable plinth project and will be posting some pics soon.

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David

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