Palm Box (copy)

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Blog series by mpmitche updated 01-01-2011 10:10 PM 7 parts 7171 reads 14 comments total

Part 1: Purple Heart, ugh!

12-23-2010 04:33 AM by mpmitche | 5 comments »

I decided I would try to whip out one of Andy’s palm boxes (mines a little bigger) for my daughter for Christmas. She loves purple so I picked up some purple heart and started cutting tonight. I’ve heard that purpleheart is brittle but WOW. I thought it would be along the lines of oak but this stuff splinters like crazy. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to do what I had originally planned. I work mostly with hand tools and had planned to do some chamfering and a littl...

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Part 2: Hard Maple

12-23-2010 04:03 PM by mpmitche | 1 comment »

After I got the purpleheart cut to size and smoothed up last night I started working on a rough board that will be the top and bottom. The wood was given to me by a friend who said he thought it was soft maple. My first clue was looking through the boards many were marked with HM. When I started squaring the board up with my jack plane I could hardly cut it. I finally moved to my #8 because it is so heavy and it did a good job of cutting the wood. I have it mostly squared now but ran out...

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Part 3: Lambs tongue stopped chamfers?

12-24-2010 07:14 AM by mpmitche | 3 comments »

My little palm box copy is in the clamps with the glue drying. The lid is close to being ready and will be finished when the glue dries. I have a couple things to decide on before I finish. I would really like to chamfer most of the edges and stop some of them with a lambs tongue. I’m a little nervous about this, for one I’ve never done it and two the purpleheart seems very brittle. If anyone has a good technique I’d love to hear it. I’m also a little nervous a...

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Part 4: All Glued up (pics this time)

12-24-2010 07:46 PM by mpmitche | 0 comments »

The box is all glued up and the lid has been trimmed to fit the opening. I need to drill the holes into the lid and trim it to swing then it is off to cleanup, shaping and finishing. I think the finish is going to have to be added after it is give as a gift so the purpleheart has time to color back up.

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Part 5: More on chamfers

12-29-2010 02:39 PM by mpmitche | 0 comments »

There was very little I could find about my before mentioned lambs tongue stopped chamfer. A blog by Christopher Schwarz talked about an ogee terminated chamfer and a google books preview of Garret Hack’s Working with Handplanes showed a picture of a lamb’s tongue stopped chamfer with a discripiton that it is usually made with a chisel and hand tools. After a little practice I came up with a method and took the plunge on the box I am making. I also made a small relief und...

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Part 6: Lid hinged

12-31-2010 11:45 PM by mpmitche | 5 comments »

I inserted the brass pins today and filed them flush to the box. This pretty much finishes the box other than applying a finish. I tried shellac and poly on a test piece and don’t like how much it darkens and changes the color of the purpleheart. I tried wax which is ok but not great. I also tried burnishing the wood with a metal spoon. It brings out the shine but I am having a hard time getting it consistent instead of streaky. I think I will either work on burnishing or ...

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Part 7: It's not a late Christmas present; it's from Happy Jack

01-01-2011 10:10 PM by mpmitche | 0 comments »

This little box is finally done just in time for Happy Jack to give it to my daughter. I found that burnishing the wood with a brown paper bag left a consistant look with a littl shine to it. So the outside has been burnished and the inside left untreated. I’ll post some photo’s when I add it to my projects in a minute. Thanks for watching and thanks to Andy for the idea.

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