Tissue box cover

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Project by Babieca posted 06-26-2014 12:37 AM 1161 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Building this box (and it’s too-small twin) was a great learning experience and will no doubt lead to even better boxes in the future.

I resawed a 4/4 board and was planning to do one with miters and one with dovetails, but I measured poorly and made the first too small. For the second, I cut the miters using a chamfer bit on the router table, which allowed me to wrap the grain, but the miters weren’t as even as the ones that came off the table saw. Better setup will probably help, but a shooting board might be the fix in the long run.

The finish is three coats of wipe on poly. I tried BLO on the bad box, but I didn’t like the way it made the maple splines disappear. I hope that as the cherry darkens the splines pop even more.

My wife is pretty pleased with it, so I will probably do a couple more for other rooms.

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#1 posted 06-26-2014 09:01 AM

Babieca, Welcome to Lumber Jocks. Great job on the tissue holder. Nice photos and nice post. You might consider adding a general location to your home page.

In the spirit of sharing you might look at this or this to get some other ideas. I built my first tissue box like yours and then simplified the design. The cherry will darken with time. I don’t like BLO either. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 06-26-2014 03:18 PM

Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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