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Keepsake Boxes with tops from salvaged flooring samples

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Project by Micheil posted 114 days ago 744 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The gentleman I rented my old shop from was a flooring contractor; I was able to acquire a bunch of flooring samples after he closed his business. They make great tops for boxes and are a lot quicker to make then doing the inlay yourself.

-- Micheil Smith, Fern-Smith Custom Woodworking, Las Vegas, NV





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PaulDoug

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#1 posted 114 days ago

Very pretty! The design is in the flooring?

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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Micheil

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#2 posted 114 days ago

These samples were usually used as a border or sometimes a center design. BTW I see you use a Steele City table saw. so do I.

-- Micheil Smith, Fern-Smith Custom Woodworking, Las Vegas, NV

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DaleHunt

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#3 posted 114 days ago

Wow. Amazing looking lids. I sure would like to get my hands on some of those flooring samples. Ice been making some boxes (~25) lately to sell at local craft shows. These will definitely bring in the customers. Would like to see the rest of the boxes (side view) as well.

Quick box question…. I’m using some extremely hard Brazilian Hardwood for my boxes. The problem I’m running into is that when I’m installing the small brass hinges, the brass screws keep snapping off. I even pre drill all the holes. Any suggestions?

-- Dale

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HillbillyShooter

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#4 posted 114 days ago

Beautiful inlays—great job!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 114 days ago

How did you know I had a Steel City saw? It’s been a good saw, I’ve had it for quite a while. Last year I put an Incra Fence on it. It was hard to get use to but the more I use it, the more I like it.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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Micheil

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#6 posted 114 days ago

Hi DaleHunt, you should try some flooring stores sometimes they sell of give away old/discontinued samples. If you can find them get all you can, you never know when you might use them. In answer to your question regarding brass screws it’s an age old problem, I always pre-drill as you do but I use a steel screw the exact same size as the brass screw to open the hole for the brass screw. The steel screw won’t break (usually) and once you back it out the brass screw should go in easy. Just don’t over tighten.

-- Micheil Smith, Fern-Smith Custom Woodworking, Las Vegas, NV

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Micheil

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#7 posted 114 days ago

Hi PaulDoug, I visited your page and saw the Steel City saw, mine is a 3 HP Left tilt and I’ve had it about 7 years. Only problem was the start and run capacitors which I had to change a couple of years ago. Other than that I love the saw. I’d like to try the Incra fence some time I’ve heard they are pretty good and accurate.

-- Micheil Smith, Fern-Smith Custom Woodworking, Las Vegas, NV

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Halc

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#8 posted 113 days ago

Great way to re-use those samples. The boxes look very nice.

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 113 days ago

You’ve done a fine job on all of these. They’re beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Northwest29

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#10 posted 113 days ago

Super craftsmanship, just beautiful and great job on repurposing. Thanks for sharing!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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