Just for Fun... #43: Make Something!!

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 02-04-2011 04:50 AM 1476 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We had some pretty good snow here yesterday, so there wasn’t much to do…
I thought to stroll through the shop… sometimes, things break, and I can salvage some of the material…What Luck... a broken clothes rack
What Luck!! One of these drying racks is a bonanza of dowels!! As for these pieces here… I’ve always wanted to try something with them… and it’s now or never…
I cut them to the fullest length between holes ( 8 1/2”), and ended with this stack of “lumber”...The Lumber...
I couldn’t tell what kind of wood it was until I sawed some… it’s unquestionably Poplar…
Hey, I like Wood… I’m thinking box (of course!) and after stacking these up… there’s just no way it’ll work out, the box will be too short…
I’ll have to re-saw them… First I marked them out, using a couple scraps of flat stock that are close to half the thickness of the pieceMarking for Re-sawing
I hold it firmly against a straight-edge, mark the line, flip the piece, and mark it again…
That way, when I saw the piece, I can just split the lines…Splitting the lines...
While I was sanding each piece, I played around with them a little… wouldn’t this be fun?Wish this were possible...
Unfortunately, I don’t have enough of the darker strips to do it all the way around… curses…
The fun ended yesterday, with the parts cut for the sides, and an old drawer-back selected for the top and bottom….Starting to get fun!!

Today, I began by cutting my former zero-clearance board into the widest common denominator…Trimming an old "zero clearance" board to maximum width
Cut them to length, and started to “Staple” the pieces together with wooden pegs… Tedious stuff…The "Corduroy" box beginsThe Walls go up...
Each course, I attached the long ones first, then marked for each short side…Marking one of the Short-side pieces for length
I have one more course to staple on, and the lid yet to assemble, but it’s starting to resemble a box… a sort of “corduroy” box… :)The "Corduroy" box so far

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

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#1 posted 02-04-2011 05:01 AM

LOL! Nice use man! Well done!

-- christopheralan

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#2 posted 02-04-2011 05:27 AM

I like it … and I can tell you are enjoying yourself

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 02-04-2011 05:37 AM

that’s using the old drier

and breaking new ground

like a little new hampshire

log cabin

-- 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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#4 posted 02-04-2011 05:48 AM

Cute box. Did you do the inlay in the table it is sitting on?

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#5 posted 02-04-2011 07:20 AM

Sort of like the old days with Lincoln Logs—Cool, Mike!

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

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#6 posted 02-04-2011 09:36 AM

You are just wonderful!
I love recycle, and this myst be a good example, even in log cabin style.
Yes it sure looks as you enjoy, and that you have a little smile on your lips.
Best thoughts,

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

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#7 posted 02-04-2011 11:49 AM

Wonderfully creative Mike. There seems to be no end to the design possibilities with boxes, and I think you are really on to something with this one! I also like the recycling. There is lots of dry good wood out there in old furniture and such and it is a shame that so much of it gets destroyed. Well done! Can’t wait to see it finished. I liked your centering trick. I know about it, but I never remember it when I need it, lol.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 02-04-2011 01:36 PM

You can make something out of nothing! You are amazing!
I agree with Lew… they look like Lincoln Logs.
While you were getting all that snow… we were getting mostly rain on Cape Cod.
The real question is… is it harder to shovel snow or rain soaked snow… I think I’ll take snow any day!

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

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#9 posted 02-04-2011 02:13 PM

I’m with Ellen, you do have a knack for getting the most out little. Well done Mike. PLEASE NO MORE SNOW!!

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#10 posted 02-04-2011 03:08 PM

Great post, as always, Mike. You are quite inspiring in your ability to find pieces and design a project on the fly.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#11 posted 02-04-2011 03:16 PM

Mike, Looking good the log box. Neat idea

-- Back home. Fernando

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#12 posted 02-04-2011 03:29 PM

so now you have gone from boxmaking to build loghouse┬┤s for the mouse
hope there is money in that niche for you

take care

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#13 posted 02-04-2011 03:29 PM

Hmm, a planter for, well, plants!

Nice one, Mike.

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

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#14 posted 02-04-2011 04:27 PM

thanks for sparking my creative juices. Can’t wait to see the finished product

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#15 posted 02-05-2011 12:17 AM

Thanks Everybody!!
I actually went into the shop to make a box, but out of some of the Mahogany that Patron had sent me…
This stuff was in the way…
It intrigued me enough to keep it and I almost salted it away, to play with at a later date. (read: stash away and never see again!)
For once, I did something with an idea immediately, rather then perhaps never…
This method got me to thinking that a box of almost any shape could be made in this fashion…
I guess it does look somewhat like Lincoln Logs, but I’m not terribly familiar with them… We were a Tinker Toy family…
JackT: That table was my Parent’s first kitchen table, from 1953… It’s one of those indestructible tables they made, in what I like to call “Early Bad Taste”. I understand that there is a certain “Retro” movement going on, and these are popular once again…
I’ve had it for about the last twenty years… Before that, my older Brother Steve had it for many years as well.
At one point he had his Harley engine disassembled and spread out on top of it in his basement!! As I said the thing is indestructible…
Anyway, it’s not inlaid… It’s patterned laminate of some kind, on top of about an inch-plus of high density particle board…
Thanks again… :)

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

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