Scrolled hinged box

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Project by InsideTheBox posted 10-26-2014 01:58 PM 1758 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First attempt at a hinged box. This was a gift to my father-in-law; the scroll design on the cover is his initials CH.
I have to blame—-er, thank LJ John Hutchinson for inspiring me with his frogs, enough to subscribe to the scrollsaw magazine and get me started on this project. Also, MUST say I have a whole new respect for all you scrollsaw workers out there… don’t know how you do it. This was way more of a headache than I thought it would be… and the staining… aghgh… Next time I see a box with a scrolled top I will pay a lot more attention. I like the final result, it was worth it. Made of mahogany.

-- There's no such thing as a mistake; only a quick change of plans.

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#1 posted 10-26-2014 02:11 PM

whoops, forgot to mention—I lined the inside with a soft brown suede.

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#2 posted 10-26-2014 02:16 PM

Very good job as first effort. Keep it up and you’ll look at more intricate patterns as as challenge rather than a headache. Remember, it’s supposed to be fun, so enjoy the process and challenges.
As far as staining scroll work, I’ve found it much easier to dip the piece in the stain then all you have to do is wipe it off as apples do to wiping it on. Lit it sit on paper towels and it will wick away most of it. As long as container will hold the piece you can dip it in and flip it over and dip the other side. You don’t have to fill up container. That’s hoe I do it anyway.

-- Troy. - Measure twice, cut once and fill the gaps....

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#3 posted 10-26-2014 02:26 PM

Very nicely done, especially for your first effort! I agree with you on respect for scroll saw workers and also marvel at how they are able to accomplish what they achieve.

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#4 posted 10-26-2014 02:38 PM

Looks very well done. The only thing I would change is maybe glue some of the suede on the back of the lid. That way when there are items in the box they can’t be seen through the scrolling an detract from the scrolling. I love scrolling, find it very relaxing. The two best pieces of advice I received when I started were: 1) relax, drop your shoulders and breath normally and 2) go slow, let the saw to the work, you will pick up some speed with practice.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#5 posted 10-26-2014 04:52 PM

Very nice. Even someone on their 100th attempt at a box like this would and should be very proud of something this nice.

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#6 posted 10-26-2014 07:15 PM

Nice scroll work

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#7 posted 10-26-2014 09:21 PM

Amazing scrollwork! I think you’ve outdone yourself.

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#8 posted 10-27-2014 01:47 AM

Very nice box and scroll work. I have never attempted scroll work so my hats of to you. I hope you make and post some more.

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#9 posted 10-27-2014 04:18 AM

Troy, that’s genius. Would save me untold trouble.. maybe I won’t give it up after all!
Paul, you inspired me to work a little more on it. I gave it to my father-in-law and thought that was the end of it, but we are still visiting him in Texas and I had an extra two days to go back and “finish”it to the point of making it that much more functional for him. So I’m adding an updated couple of photos.
Thank you everyone for the suggestions and guidance.

-- There's no such thing as a mistake; only a quick change of plans.

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#10 posted 10-27-2014 09:38 PM

That’s a terrific scroll saw design work. I love the creativity. Well done.

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#11 posted 10-29-2014 05:36 AM

I like the scroll work. Great design on the initials. I am sure it took time a patience. Nice addition to the box with an interior design. For a different look, I have found that you can attach a contrasting colored veneer to the bottom side of the scroll work, and it will help your scroll work show up more.

If you work very carefully you can apply yellow glue to the back of the scroll work, let the glue dry, and iron the veneer onto the back. It makes a neat job of the gluing. Spray-on finish with light coats applied at varied angles will get inside the scroll work and also finish the glued-on veneer.

You might consider a stop chain or stop hinge for the lid. This design is likely to spring or split the hinge and screws. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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