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Rolie Polie Olie Box

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Project by Douglas Bordner posted 04-12-2007 12:14 PM 2387 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was making this box as a project to utilize some homemade banding, and practice pinned breadboard ends, half-mortise locks and an escutcheon idea I had. At the last moment I decided to turn and wood-burn a little acorn pull for the top. After everything went together it looked a little (at a certain angle, and with liberally supplied whimsy – of which I am never in short supply) like a shy kid grinning back at me. Some of our friends with minor children suggested that “he” resembles a cartoon character named “Rolie Polie Olie.”

Cherry, Holly and Cardinal wood banding, Mahogany escutcheon and acorn pull. Shellac and wax finish.

My wife made all the millinery flower ribbon work and designs for the eggs in the background as well as the rabbits. Apparently we are both drawn to eighteenth century craftwork that at the end of the day pays about 25 cents an hour. Hi ho.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.





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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 04-12-2007 12:19 PM

great little guy.. I mean box.

sounds like you did a lot of experimenting on this box – and it all turned out beautifully. Well done.

Love the eggs!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#2 posted 04-12-2007 01:15 PM

But with inflation, that 25 cents an hour back then is BIG BUCKS today… well worth it in my opinion! Great Box!

The world needs a little more whimsey, Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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netized

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#3 posted 04-12-2007 02:16 PM

Beautiful and unique! I made some banding a while back and haven’t used it yet. You have inspired me! You should keep “Olie” in the family. It is too cool to send out into the cold cruel world.

-- Jeff, Santa Fe

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#4 posted 04-12-2007 02:45 PM

Great piece of woodworking art. Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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Chip

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#5 posted 04-12-2007 05:17 PM

Great stuff Douglas.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#6 posted 04-12-2007 10:29 PM

You should charge more…you both do wonderful work. Be proud of your work and people will be proud to own it. It all starts with you, you do great work so don’t give away, uless its a gift. The finish turned out great, I love it.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#7 posted 04-13-2007 07:08 PM

Very nice work Doug. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Karson

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#8 posted 04-13-2007 07:27 PM

Very nice box. Great idea for a pull

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#9 posted 07-12-2007 12:46 AM

Douglas, I like everything about this box. Particularly the motivation of experimenting with design ideas.

Personally, I think it would look better to have left the checkerboard banding out of this one, but then, according to your explanation, that s the reason for the box in the first place. So, I’m fine with that because without it, the box might not have been created, and that would be sad – I just love small wooden boxes!

One other suggestion; I feel the breadboard pin at each end of the lid looks rather lonely. What do you think about the idea of placing three pins along each end? The center pin is inserted and glued into a snug hole, the outside two would be inserted into snug holes in the breadboard end portion, but through elongated holes in the tenon to allow for movement.

Hope you don’t mid my observations, they are not intended to be criticisms, just another perspective.

I would like more detail, perhaps a few close-ups shots of the lock escutcheon.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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Douglas Bordner

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#10 posted 07-12-2007 08:20 AM

oly_escutcheon

Here you go, Don. It’s just a face grain turned rosette, cut off at about 115° at about 75% of full diameter. I drilled a hole large enough to admit the key shank, and then used a square file to file out the “flag” portion of the key (for want of the proper term).

I’ll bear in mind your design thoughts, but on my end “he” would have looked more like a spider with six eyes.
I’m just enjoying the happy accident of the little face.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Don

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#11 posted 07-12-2007 10:53 AM

Thanks, Douglas. I appreciate the extra info the close-up provides.

I see what you mean, guess I’m a little slow – I didn’t see the smiley face previously. I was looking at the front of the box and failed to include the top in that view. Yes I suppose six eyes would have been four too many. LOL.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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#12 posted 07-29-2007 03:25 PM

Don’t worry Don, I didn’t see the face either, which is odd because we (humans) are pre-disposed to see faces everywhere (electrical outlets, windows on a house….) I got the character reference – such a great illustrator – but must have thought it pertained to the acorn itself.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Karson

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#13 posted 07-29-2007 03:32 PM

Great Job Douglas.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#14 posted 07-30-2007 08:06 PM

Douglas, I’d like to see a closer view of that acorn you turned. Great details on your box!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#15 posted 07-31-2007 01:50 AM

Os-
I just zoomed in farther on the picture I posted. There isn’t much more to be seen, unfortunately. I have a lame little screw-on different heads soldering wand thingy from Woodcraft so there is not the detail on the acorn cap that I would have liked. All I did was was burn about six radii out from the tenon in the center to the circumferential burn line that delineates the cap from the nut itself. No glorious scales or cross-hatching.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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