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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 04-18-2007 09:26 PM 2116 views 4 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I never made one of these before, so when I saw one in a magazine I figured it was time to give it a shot.

Since it has no particular purpose, it also served as some finishing practice. I’ve been working on getting something approaching furniture-quality without investing in spray equipment. This is danish oil, topped with several coats of water-based gloss poly, applied with a foam brush. It could have been a little smoother had I invested more time sanding…..as usual.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"





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Ethan Sincox

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#1 posted 04-18-2007 10:01 PM

Charles,
Great first box!

Was that also an exercise in banding and string inlay? Because that looks great, as well! For your next one, you should push the envelope just a little more and use mitered corners. I think it will give it just that much more oompfh!

As far as making them without purpose… if you make it a little longer, and add a neck-supporting insert, you can easily turn it into a wine presentation box for a gift!

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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#2 posted 04-18-2007 10:31 PM

Thanks.

I didn’t mean it was my first box, though….just my first one with a sliding lid. As for corners, I usually prefer dovetails, but I opted for the lap joints here because it allowed me to rout the grooves for th lid all the way through the sides and ends without showing after assembly.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 04-18-2007 10:50 PM

I do like that benefit of lap joints, as well. You can do the same with mitered corners.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 04-18-2007 11:06 PM

You are right, of course! The photo I modeled my design from had the lap joints, and I knew my usual dovetails would be hard to pull off in this application. My brain never went to miters at all, although I agree they woulld have looked nicer. That’s why I come here! :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 04-19-2007 02:25 AM

Nice tone, beautiful inlay. Thanks for posting.

-- John

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#6 posted 04-19-2007 04:57 AM

Nice. a very deep finish (like on a classic car)

-- 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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#7 posted 04-19-2007 05:16 AM

Beautiful sheen and great box.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 04-19-2007 05:22 AM

You put a shine of this one CHarlie. Great job. I like the inlays they went in well.

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

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#9 posted 04-19-2007 05:34 AM

Thanks, Guys. Now I can confess that the inlays on the lid are really shims to make up for a too-deep rabbet which caused too much play. ;-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 04-19-2007 10:25 AM

Now that is talent – make an oops and turn it into an outstanding feature of the project. I really like the finish that you have on it. Thanks for sharing.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#11 posted 04-19-2007 12:28 PM

the Universe works in mysterious ways—now you can do the OOPS on purpose!!!

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

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#12 posted 04-19-2007 01:35 PM

Charlie, a great box. Get ya a couple of scrapers, learn to tune them and use them. Then throw the sandpaper away!
Love the finish and the oops….

-- Jimmy

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#13 posted 04-19-2007 01:53 PM

Jimmy, I actually got a whole set of first-rate scrapers and sharpening kit from Lee Valley for Christmas this year. I guess it’s time to take them out and start practicing….

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 04-19-2007 10:23 PM

Agree with the scrapers comment.

Charlie, this is a nice piece. I wonder how different the finish would appear if you had chosen a quality wax rather than the polyurethane? (I just can’t get excited about a plastic finish.)

I used to feel that every box I mad needed a purpose. Then it struck me that art stands on its own merit. Its purpose is intrinsic.

Nice work, Charlie.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#15 posted 04-19-2007 11:24 PM

Thanks , Don. I’m also a fan of wax over a natural oil finish.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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