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Just for Fun... #12: Nothing much going on... might as well build a box... :)

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 04-13-2010 03:56 AM 1610 reads 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Wrapping it up... Part 12 of Just for Fun... series Part 13: Nothing much going on... might as well make some hinges... :) »

The title says it all!!
I’m sort of between projects right now, so I figured to blast out a box in my “spare” time.
At the beginning of the month people moved out from a couple of apartments in the building and left a veritable mountain of furniture behind. I looked it over… mostly particle board stuff… but there was a small night stand that caught my eye.Urban Wood Harvesting
I was a little confused by the weight of the thing, thought it was hardwood, but I guess it’s Pine. Somebody had tacked a piece of linoleum to the top!! I can only guess that it held a plant or something because the top had a lot of water damage…Pine, I guess...
While I had it sitting there, I couldn’t resist sitting down on it!! It held!! I even tried standing on it but then it got a bit precarious. It amazes me the way plain old nails can hold something together…
At any rate, I have plenty of Pine here for a Box, and it’s some old growth pine… it has more year rings than I care to count!!
I went to the sanding and the cutting of the sides and this stuff has a really sweet smell, kinda like a cinnamon roll, believe it or not…Sides Cut & Dadoed
As usual, I had wanted to bang out something quick, but the wood has its own story to tell and is relating the story at its own pace… but it’s coming along and, of course, it’s all just for fun anyway!! :)The work so far...

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.



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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 04-13-2010 04:04 AM

Looking good! Keep on keeping on, Mike ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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littlecope

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#2 posted 04-13-2010 04:10 AM

Thanks, Bob!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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davidroberts

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#3 posted 04-13-2010 04:38 AM

“might as well build a box” I’m lovin it.

-- God is great, wood is good. Let us thank Him for wood......and old hand tools.

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christopheralan

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#4 posted 04-13-2010 04:48 AM

Great looking box man! You picked a great section for the lid. Tight looking joints look really good. Well done!

-- christopheralan http://www.projectwoodworks.com

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#5 posted 04-13-2010 05:08 AM

good build mike..i love doing boxes..there fun ..ive got several jewlery boxes ive got to make…and there being make with the antique southern heart pine..there are about 15 rings per inch..a 12 in board has about 95 rings..i love the stuff…well good job…whats next…:)

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 04-13-2010 06:01 AM

Great re-purposing of a night stand. Great box. Can’t wait for the finished piece.

Keep it up.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#7 posted 04-13-2010 06:33 AM

Nice job, so far. Do we see a new set of hinges in the near future? Maybe another hasp????

I’ve had a few of good finds over the past couple of weeks as far as reclaimable wood. A few drawers, a couple pieces that look like they may have been stretchers on a table, a few crib rails and a couple other things. I’d love to get started on doing something with them but I already have too many things that I need to finish in the shop as it is. Plus, my girlfriend has come up with all of the materials that we need to build our patio, So that’s going to eat up some shop time. I’d love to be able to send them to you, knowing that you’d make a treasure out of them, but I can’t even afford the shipping these days.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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littlecope

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#8 posted 04-13-2010 12:20 PM

Thanks, All!!
Dave Roberts: Glad you enjoyed that!! I saw an old Popeye newspaper cartoon where our Hero was being held captive in a cabin on a ship… He commented, “Nothing much going on… might as well take a poke at the Guard.” A horrendous fight ensued with Popeye knocking sailors through the cabin walls!
Anyway, it was on my mind when I wrote that…
Christopheralan: How are you doing, my Friend?! For those who don’t know, and I guess that would be everyone, I discovered LJ’s through Chris. I “met” Chris on a different site and while perusing his fine work on his website, checked out his favorite links… Lo and Behold, there was this Lumberjocks.com place!!! I was hooked from the start… :)
Chris, the grain on this was what really intrigued me. Whoever made this picked some great wood to do it with…
Most of it is single piece, 5/8” thick, about 14” wide. Being old growth, it’s semi-hard wood, like Pine seems to become when it’s left alone to grow… It really wants to splinter though and I’ve had to be careful with it…
Grizzman: Sounds like you’re going to be busy having some fun of your own!! There are some people who look askance at Pine, but to me, pretty wood is pretty wood, no matter the species. Heck, I even like Knotty Pine!! I did the interior of a friend’s van with it years ago, 3 1/2” strips running from front to back, ceiling and walls. It looked Great!! Almost like what I’d imagine the inside of a barrel would look like…
Scrappy: I kinda couldn’t resist the thing, you know? I was walking by it 3-4 times a day for almost a week, before trash pick-up day… Staring at the grain, the grain staring back… I’m not too clear on Wood-speak, but it was clearly telling me that it didn’t want to end up in a Landfill somewhere!!
Kristoffer: I’ve got a little work left to do on this but yes, hinges will be next after that… I’m still not sure about what kind of arrangement I’ll make for the front yet… Hmmm…?
Your offer of wood is much appreciated, and very thoughtful, but save your money my Friend! I find Wood all the time (or it finds me…), and now it’s showing up practically on my doorstep!! I’m currently over-run!! I even saved a mess of the Particle Board because I still need to make a Router Table sort of thing… Plans for that are still in the R & D department, but I have a few ideas… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 04-13-2010 12:48 PM

Very nice Mike!

Nice save from the landfill.

I always say, no matter what species it is, ”If its wood its good.”

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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ellen35

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#10 posted 04-13-2010 12:56 PM

Ah Mike… can’t get away from those boxes, can ya!
What a find in that old piece of furniture!
A woodworker can never have too many boxes!
See you soon ;-)
Ellen

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

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littlecope

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#11 posted 04-13-2010 01:35 PM

Thanks Mr. C, and absolutely on the ”If its wood its good.”
Ah Ellen… but, I just had to!!
I am sooo ready for the N.E. Lumberjocks Get-together… Is it May yet?! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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ratchet

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#12 posted 04-13-2010 02:43 PM

Mike; Nice looking box and a great story. Good job keeping the expense down.

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lew

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#13 posted 04-13-2010 04:43 PM

Mike,

And the wood continues to gather more stories as its travels through our lives….

Nice box and as Dick said- Nice save from the land fill.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#14 posted 04-13-2010 09:53 PM

Mike, I like your story about Popeye. Reminds me of a kid I went to high school with in the 60s. He decided to go see what the cowboys at the Owyhee County Cattleman’s Convention thought of motorcycles and long hair? He came up on the short end of deal with his questions answered :-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 04-14-2010 05:28 PM

Glad you are making worthy projects with saved wood Mike. I too have a bunch of cut-up furniture stored in my shop for future use. I almost makes me ill to think of all the great wood thrown away as old furniture which winds up burned or in a landfill. We will never see such stuff again because most furniture being made today has at best just veneers.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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