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Hey im Ashe from Ireland,this is my first project a pine and spalted beech box,I made this in my micro workshop,that is full of tools,by full i mean I have a hand mitresaw(that doesnt cut square!),ruler,square and a bottle of woodglue!!The box is far from perfect as the wood I had to chose from was mostly bowed and cupped for the pine sides.I glued and clamped pieces of spalted beech together for the top but did it wrong which ment it set curved instead of flat so I had to do alot of sanding to get the lid to fit with no gaps!It may not be perfect but i enjoyed making it and like how it looks even with the imperfections!Im trying to get a few new tools each week,for projects like this what tools do ye recommend?

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain https://www.youtube.com/user/bazza866/videos





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Babieca

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#1 posted 07-04-2014 06:40 PM

I love the spalted beech top!

I would recommend a block plane for your next tool. It’ll mean a lot less sanding on future projects. A set of bench chisels will let you do a lot too.

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BCDesign

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#2 posted 07-04-2014 06:54 PM

Hey Babieca,I love the spalted beech aswell,they are off cuts that are sold very cheap in the carpentry shop,I have a lot to learn about making sure the pieces I use are flat and square, I wanted to do joints at the corners but the wood was so twisted /uneven I could not as when I marked them out on the wood none of the lines would match up,I have started building another box that will have a zebrano top with the bottom made of pine dyed a darker colour like mahogony

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain https://www.youtube.com/user/bazza866/videos

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 07-04-2014 08:32 PM

Nice job

Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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BCDesign

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#4 posted 07-04-2014 08:46 PM

Thanks Monte have another box and a birdhouse in the making now!

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain https://www.youtube.com/user/bazza866/videos

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Knothead62

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#5 posted 07-04-2014 10:53 PM

Very nice! I always like contrasting colors or grain in wood projects. Thanks for sharing.

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BCDesign

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#6 posted 07-04-2014 11:11 PM

thanks knothead,i have fallen in love with the spalted beech,i have a clock project and coat hanger project in mind for another piece of spalted beech

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain https://www.youtube.com/user/bazza866/videos

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Boxguy

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#7 posted 07-05-2014 07:25 AM

Ashe, welcome to lumberjocks. Your first box is much better than my first box. Good use of grain. I like the sense of proportion.

If you are interested in making more boxes I have listed a few tips on box making. This posting has an index of ideas listed by topics. You might like the blog about band clamps and splines. If you have room for it, I would buy a good, used table saw as my first large tool. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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BCDesign

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#8 posted 07-05-2014 07:53 AM

Hey box guy,i was looking at lots of different table saws like the makita or bosch benchtop saws but all the reviews seem to say they dont cut straight and the fences are no good etc so im not sure what to do.The boxes iv made so far are just glued and clamped together as they are not for heavy use,but i know this is not ideal strength wise,if i can get some straigth flat wood i will try do some dovetails maybe.Thanks for the info!

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain https://www.youtube.com/user/bazza866/videos

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Thewoodman2000

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#9 posted 07-05-2014 12:53 PM

Looking great keep up the nice work and keep sharing your progress with us here.

Welcome to the best wood place out there!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James www.etsy.com/shop/ZionsWoodnCrafts

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 07-05-2014 01:43 PM

Nice work. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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BCDesign

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#11 posted 07-05-2014 03:20 PM

thanks woodman and helluvawreck,my next 2 projects are on my improvised work bench!cant wait to get them finished!

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain https://www.youtube.com/user/bazza866/videos

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NormG

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#12 posted 07-05-2014 06:09 PM

Welcome, great work on the piece and as you discovered not many tools are required to do great projects.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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maplerock

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#13 posted 07-05-2014 07:28 PM

Looks like a wall cabinet ;-)

Seriously though, it is very good for a first effort with few tools. You should keep it, and use it. Years from now it will be a good measure of how far you have come. Well done, and welcome Ashe!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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BCDesign

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#14 posted 07-05-2014 08:40 PM

Thanks norm,Maplerock the picture rotated for some reason when it uploaded here,im not sure why,im slowly getting more tools my only problem at the moment is that i am very bad cutting straight lines with a saw,i am making a birdhouse now and it has some unsightly gaps that will need filler due to bad cuts

-- "The secret of getting ahead is getting started" Mark Twain https://www.youtube.com/user/bazza866/videos

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robscastle

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#15 posted 07-07-2014 02:13 AM

Thats a nice box, in fact I also wondered why you would screw it onto the wall, then realised you have your camera tilted.

This shot does it justice!
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Keep up the good work

-- Regards Robert

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