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Project by Dustgineer posted 10-13-2014 09:03 PM 1445 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, after being involved in woodworking for about 6 months now, I’ve finally decided to post some pics of some boxes I’ve made. These are for sale for $90-$150 on a few websites. If anyone likes them enough I’m willing to offer a lumberjocks discount!

Thanks for looking,

Jim

-- Jim, Denton, TX





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JayG46

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#1 posted 10-14-2014 09:00 AM

Nice work on these. The wood is spectacular too, that piece of cocobolo in the first picture is particularly stunning.

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL www.swallowtailwoodcraft.com "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi

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Dustgineer

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#2 posted 10-14-2014 01:00 PM

Thanks Jay. When my wood man couldn’t get cocobolo anymore, I bought quite a few pieces on ebay. I was pretty lucky with most of it.

-- Jim, Denton, TX

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#3 posted 10-14-2014 02:27 PM

Beautiful boxes, I like’em.

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho https://www.facebook.com/SillyLillyBowsAndMore

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Blackie_

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#4 posted 10-14-2014 03:07 PM

Jim those are some very nice designs, May I suggest for a more pleasant look would be to round your edges on the drawer cavities and the drawers them selves, also if you place runners under the drawers it will help center them inside of the cavity for a more pleasant look.

-- 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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Campzeke

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#5 posted 10-14-2014 05:18 PM

Very Nice. What are the pieces on the corners, how are they made and how did you cut the groove to fit them in? I really like what they add to the box itself. I agree with Blackie on the rounded corners. Not too much, just soften them a little. Good job on design and wood choices. I guess I need to post a few of my latest boxes.

-- Campzeke, Tampa, FL

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#6 posted 10-14-2014 06:27 PM

Sweet!! Very cool design thanks for posting

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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Dustgineer

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#7 posted 10-14-2014 06:34 PM

Wow thanks for the words of encouragement guys! These things are a work in progress for sure, but I’m finally comfortable sharing after some trial and error.

-- Jim, Denton, TX

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Dustgineer

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#8 posted 10-14-2014 06:38 PM

Thanks for the suggestions Blackie! Honestly, it will be hard for me to round the corners. I really like how clean it looks when everything lines up with just the kerf missing. This is one of the things I have struggled with the most. I still have room for improvement, but it looks a lot better than some of my first ones. I’ll keep it in mind though.

However, I have been thinking about the best way to “raise the drawers” so they are centered in the opening. How would you do it? Just a couple of thin strips of wood starting in about 1/2” from the front to the back?

Thanks again,

Jim

-- Jim, Denton, TX

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Dustgineer

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#9 posted 10-14-2014 06:50 PM

Campzeke,

Thanks for the kind words! The accents and pulls are made from either wenge or leopardwood depending on the color of the box. I’ve been trying to think of another wood that might look good as well.

At first, I was cutting the accents and the channels they go in on the bandsaw. First ones looked horrible. After some trial and error, I got pretty good at it on the bandsaw, but it just took too long. I told myself that if I could pay for my bandsaw by selling some of these to friends, family and mainly online, that I would have some custom router bits made to make them. Wow did it cut down on the time to make them. I appreciate you saying that they add to the character of the boxes. I thought so enough to figure out how to first get good at doing it and second invest more money to improve efficiency in making them.

I have sold almost 30 of these now and I have not only paid for the bandsaw and the custom router bits, but I’m about a third of the way to paying for the new lathe I just bought!

So short answer is…. I cheated.

Would like to see some of your work as well.

Jim

-- Jim, Denton, TX

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Blackie_

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#10 posted 10-14-2014 07:51 PM

Jim, it’s actually very easy to round the edges, the outside edges just use a dremel Tool with a #60 grit, on the inside edges tear off a piece of #80 sand paper and use your hands they round off very easy, but with the dremel you can do all of the edges then come back over with the #80 up to what ever number you prefer.

Yes to the thin strips running so they act as skids then using your belt sander bench top to fine tune trial and fit them but have to be careful with the sander so as not to take off to much or you’ll have to start over.

If you like you can scroll through some of my earlier projects and you’ll get an idea of what the rounded edges and centered drawers look like.

-- 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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