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Box swap 2014-for jmartel

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Project by jeffswildwood posted 10-10-2014 07:08 PM 1430 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my entry for the 2014 box swap. Right now it is on it’s way to Jeff (jmartel) and I hope he really likes it. It’s made from walnut and poplar, an odd choice but seemed to work. The walnut is cut 3/4 thick by one inch with 1/4 panels recesses in a 1/4 inch groove inside. The four sides are made into four frames and cut to 45 for assembly. The key to strength is the sides of the panels, the small part. It has a 1/4 inch channel and a tenon to hold all this together. This way I don’t have just end grain to fight but surface grain for the titebond to work. For the lid I cut a rabbet and put in a poplar accent border with the front worked for a thumb lift. The tray is poplar. I assembled sides and bottom with rabbet joinery. Bottom is lined with 1/8 inch thick strips of walnut edge glued together to resemble a “hardwood floor”.

About the wood, The walnut was a gift from my neighbor when he found out I was doing this. It’s from a tree he cut down in 2000 and has been in his shop since. He gave me two slabs of walnut and two slab of oak just as old. The poplar on the lid I had hid back about nine months ago due to the interesting pattern it had. I thought it would make a nice box top then and just saved it.

I used formby tung oil for the finish. First time I have tried this product and I kinda like it so far. The bottom is lined with light brown felt.

I really enjoyed being a part of this swap and got to put all my skills to the test. I even had to learn a few new tricks. The final picture is my big grey cat Prancer giving his approval :)

I also want to thank jmartel for sponsoring this swap! Thanks guy! I have another box to post but it has a gift inside and I want to wait until it arrives so you have a surprise.

Thanks for looking.

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





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steve_in_ohio

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#1 posted 10-10-2014 07:38 PM

beautiful box

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---etsy.com/shop/SussmanWoodworking--

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489tad

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#2 posted 10-11-2014 12:47 AM

Nice job. That’s some crazy grain in the popular.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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jeffswildwood

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#3 posted 10-11-2014 01:02 AM

Thanks guys. I bought that piece of poplar for another project and that grain swirl was right in the middle. I cut it out and used the ends for the project.

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

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The Box Whisperer

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#4 posted 10-11-2014 01:02 AM

Gorgeous box jmartel is a lucky guy!

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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jeffswildwood

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#5 posted 10-11-2014 01:24 AM

Box whisperer I can’t wait to see your box and all the others in the swap. I bet there are some nice boxes about to be posted! Thanks for the compliment and for looking!

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

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#6 posted 10-11-2014 01:41 AM

Looks great. I like the band on the lid. Cool detail.

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Blackie_

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#7 posted 10-11-2014 01:09 PM

A very nice box, and I like how you were able to display the poplar as you did, normally Poplar is not known for it’s appeal hence the reason it’s paint grade but you did it just.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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jeffswildwood

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#8 posted 10-11-2014 02:46 PM

Thanks guys, Shane, I added the band to soften the lid and found I could make a finger lift in the process. Blackie, occasionally you can find a piece of poplar that has a different grain pattern. I got lucky when I found this one. That’s why I saved it back for future use. Thanks for looking and the nice comments!

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

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CFrye

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#9 posted 10-11-2014 02:50 PM

Beautifully crafted, Jeff! Poplar/walnut combo is great. That top piece is stunning! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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luv2learn

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#10 posted 10-11-2014 03:39 PM

The poplar and walnut really complement one another Jeff. Your craftsmanship is superb!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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jeffswildwood

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#11 posted 10-11-2014 03:43 PM

Thanks Lee and Candy, I had always wanted to get into one of these swaps. I found out that you really want to do your best work knowing it’s going to another wood worker. Thanks for looking and the nice comments.

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

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