Just for Fun... #36: Well, not exactly...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 11-18-2010 01:05 AM 1470 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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No Fun here!! This is all Business!!
Being the resident Handyman (and Box Maker) at the Restaurant, it was inquired of me whether I thought I could make a sort of “Suggestion” box, so the customers could offer up any comments or criticism…
The Requirements are that it has to be wall-hung, that it needs to lock, and that it needs to be large enough to fit a certain sized comment card…
I requested some 3/8” Walnut from the Owner (or any Exotic that caught her eye) and received 3/4” Poplar!!
Well, it’s going to be a rugged one!! LOL
I began work yesterday by plowing out a dado for the bottom panel, then started on the many finger joints for the sides…Working on the finger joints...
These went pretty slowly with the 3/4” thickness of the wood…One cut-out of many...
This was as far as I got yesterday, three sides standing…Three Sides Up (with dado already plowed out for bottom panel)


Now Today, I began work on the back of this box. This will be a different arrangement, as I need some “Ears” to screw the box to the wall… There’s also this, the Poplar Board she had bought, was 3/4” X 12” (or 11 1/2” or some such) so the board is much wider than the necessary height…
Not a problem!! This will give me a perfect place to add some lettering!!
First I had to do a mock-up of the word “Comments” to see if it’ll fit proper…The "Comments" work-up
I’ll transfer this onto that thin strip of Mahogany… After finishing, the Mahogany should stand out well from the much lighter Poplar…
Then it was back to jointing… Here is with one corner left to go…One joint left to cut
And here is with all four sides up, and the Mahogany marked…Sides up, lettering marked
The piece in front of the box will be the lid, and is the continuation of the front, i.e. the wide board is “folded” to cover both front and top… The lid will be simply hinged by pins in the rear corners…
Here’s one final pic, of the sides laid flat to expose the finger joints, and the curious arrangement of the back…The sides layed out flat
There’s much more fun…er, excuse me, serious work still to do but it’s coming along… :)

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

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#1 posted 11-18-2010 01:15 AM

Well done Mike. Looks good so far.

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#2 posted 11-18-2010 01:25 AM

I have a suggestion to put in the box:
“Next time, get Mike what he asks for when he tells you what he needs for wood!”
She is lucky to have you to do this.

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

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#3 posted 11-18-2010 01:30 AM

You know down deep she is saying to herself how lucky she is to have Mike on her team.
Great job buddy !

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#4 posted 11-18-2010 01:32 AM

Looking good Mike, you are so patient with those finger joints, I am impressed, to make all these on the scroll saw.
Yes she is lucky!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 11-18-2010 02:03 AM

Soooo.. Next up a recipie box of woodworking tips fer dah boss..? Like what’s a proper wood ?

Nice job Mike !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#6 posted 11-18-2010 02:09 AM

You are the man for the job Mike. You can salvage a box out of that heavy duty material :-))

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

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#7 posted 11-18-2010 02:23 AM

Looks great! I can’t believe you cut those joints like that! Good eye and a steady hand! I made a jig and it was still hard.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#8 posted 11-18-2010 02:39 AM

Amazing that you cut those finger joints on a scroll saw and by hand. The fit is terrific. Really great piece of craftsmanship Mike.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#9 posted 11-18-2010 03:32 AM

Ain’t it awful when we have to do this kind of work, Mike ;^)

Nice Job.


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

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#10 posted 11-18-2010 05:13 AM

like the man said

“you can’t always get what you want

you get what you need”

like poplar to make a great box !

well done mike

-- 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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#11 posted 11-18-2010 10:37 AM

isn´t it great to be used like that… shuold have said to her that you wanted to make it in
the normal working time instead of being in the kitchen….LOL

take care

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#12 posted 11-18-2010 11:02 AM

Great project Mike,
thanks for letting us follow the progress.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#13 posted 11-18-2010 02:50 PM

print this mike
and put it in the box

“i have been eating all my life
and have become somewhat of a conosewer

in my travels
i heard about this place
and decided to try it out

i ate the best hamburger here
i have ever had

give the cook a raise”

new mexico

-- 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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#14 posted 11-18-2010 03:14 PM

Comment ‘Next time get the man Walnut if that’s what he wants, he’s far too good a boxmaker for this Poplar stuff.’ signed Someone who knows.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#15 posted 11-18-2010 08:44 PM

Nice work Mike. It is sure to look great coming from your hands no matter what the wood species. It will probably be filled with suggestions that you make more boxes!

I also like to do box joints with my scroll saw. It’s far quieter and less dusty than using routers and table saws. Also you can stack cut two sides at once if you want, and if you’re only doing one box, I think it’s just as quick.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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