Experimental Box

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Project by drewpy posted 09-18-2014 03:35 PM 1694 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Everyone –The inspiration for this box started when I was at Menards getting furnace filters. While roaming around I decided to get a single 1” thick oak board to mess with. When I got home, I decided to use mostly techniques I have never used before or haven’t used in a long time.

Since the board was thick for a box, I decided to try and bevel the sides. I made the frame and cut larger ¼” splines because it felt fitting with the walls thickness. I had never beveled like this before and had no idea how to measure with the blade angled at 15 degrees. I just eyeballed it, made several passes until the desired look was achieved. I believe this is Quarter Sawn Oak but didn’t realize this until I cut into it and beveled it. The eyes were popping on half the board and I decided to make the open eyed (for lack of a better term) on the bottom (pic3).

I made a mitered frame for a lift lid. A lift lid design was new for me so I decided, what the heck, let’s bevel the top and underneath. The overall size came out OK but my bottom cuts came up long and it wouldn’t fit into the base. I decided to just sharpen the chisels and work the lip down until it fit in. It ended up very thin but will hold up (pic4). I wish I had a small rabbet plane!!

I picked Wenge for the lid center and put some feet on it. The pull and splines are Bloodwood.

For the finish I also messed around. I decided to try to keep the Oak as light as possible and learned about water based poly. I kinda like how it didn’t amber the wood but I don’t see myself using it very much in the future. Who knows. For the Wenge, I did some samples and came up with starting with water and ending with oil. This helped keep the lighter streaks within the Wenge standing out but then the oil gave it a very slight amber at the end. I will try to get a good picture of my sample board and post the different finishes. Remember, this is an experiment box!!! I allowed plenty for drying time, sanded properly and everything looks good.

There are a few blade marks from beveling (pic2) but other than it turned out pretty good for a “mess around” box. It measures 9×4 ½ x 4 ¼ and I think it kinda ended up with a somewhat modern theme.

That’s it for now – Take care everyone!

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#1 posted 09-18-2014 03:43 PM

Here are the samples of different finishing techniques for the Wenge.

The top left is just one coat of satin oil. The bottom right is 3 coat of semi-gloss oil. The bottom left is two parts. the very bottom is 3 coats of semi water and the top part is 2 coats of semi water with one coat of oil as a top coat.

This is a different piece of Wenge. The left is one coat of water satin and the right is one coat of oil satin.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#2 posted 09-18-2014 04:07 PM

That’s a nice design and really looks great.

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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#3 posted 09-18-2014 05:00 PM

nice looking box. Your experiment worked.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 09-18-2014 06:17 PM

great looking box – really like the twin taper, quarter sawn oak is always a plus

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 09-18-2014 06:56 PM

Dick, What part of Ohio are you from?

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#6 posted 09-18-2014 09:30 PM

I would call the box a success, it looks great

-- steve, simple and effective

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#7 posted 09-18-2014 11:28 PM

Some experiments just seem to go your way. Success! Very nice box.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#8 posted 09-19-2014 12:22 AM

That experiment worked! I like the double taper sides. Odd that the ray fleck only appeared on half the board.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 09-19-2014 02:02 PM

Thanks everyone. It was a fun experiment for sure.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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