A Simple Polished Jarrah box

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Project by robscastle posted 09-30-2014 07:01 AM 1519 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This little box was todays effort in the woodworking field.

Its more of the “Rubbish” Jarrah I brought home from a job.


The material was resawn and thicknessed, and then sized to match.
Cut everything on the table saw.

I then used the Gifkins Dovetail Jig to do the joints.
Not as good as I could normally do, I think the material moved slightly on one joint and I did not notice.
But they are reasonable for home application

Matched everything up and assembled it using Titebond III.
Applied the clamping bands, and let it dry.

Rounded the edges on the router and then sanded it overall working up to 320 Grit.

Set up the polishing wheel and gave it a overall polish using white compound and a stitched cloth wheel.

Dampened the timber to raise the grain and repolished, the end result is as you see it.

Day 2

Wow thanks for all the great comments!
It has impressed me to see if I may be able to be to improve on the finish.

So I used my scraper on it then steel wool, it didnt seem to be too much different.
So I decided to try and sand it to 600 then 800 Grit

All both these attempts appeared to do was clog the wet & Dry

There did not seem to be much difference with the surface finish in the raw form.

I blew out all the dust with compressed air and repolished it all over again.

It returned the sheen and did seem easier to polish and I think there was a slight improvement.

Its a it hard to tell by just taking pictures.

I am happy with the result.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 09-30-2014 09:47 AM

Nice to see you are softening your look by rounding some edges. Have you considered splines on the corners? It is an easier process once you make some simple jigs.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 09-30-2014 09:55 AM

Hello Big Al,

Splines I need to go check out your Blogs on Jigs and give it a try for my next venture.

Thanks !!

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 09-30-2014 12:46 PM

I too like the rounded corners. I am somewhat ambivalent about splines. I think in general I prefer the box joints, but I use splines sometimes too. Always good to have alternatives.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 09-30-2014 01:54 PM

This looks very nice and I like the round corners.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 09-30-2014 01:59 PM

Very nice…I always love using scrap wood to make awesome little things…don’t know that I would go with splines on a dovetail…looks awesome just like it is!

-- Sue~ Mad Jester Woodworks, "Not what I have, but what I do is my kingdom" Thomas Carlyle

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David Dean

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#6 posted 09-30-2014 02:02 PM

nice work on the box looks great.

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 09-30-2014 06:42 PM

Nice COOL little box!

COOL wood…

COOL job!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#8 posted 10-04-2014 11:39 PM

Tis a beautiful build.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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