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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 2640 days ago 2065 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 2640 days ago

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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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 2640 days ago

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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Ethan Sincox

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#3 posted 2640 days ago

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 2640 days ago

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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woodspar

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#5 posted 2639 days ago

Nice tone, beautiful inlay. Thanks for posting.

-- John

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scottb

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#6 posted 2639 days ago

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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oscorner

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#7 posted 2639 days ago

Beautiful sheen and great box.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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PanamaJack

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#8 posted 2639 days ago

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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CharlieM1958

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#9 posted 2639 days ago

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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cajunpen

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#10 posted 2639 days ago

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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MsDebbieP

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#11 posted 2639 days ago

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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Wooder

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#12 posted 2639 days ago

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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CharlieM1958

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#13 posted 2639 days ago

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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Don

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#14 posted 2639 days ago

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://dpb-photography.me/

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CharlieM1958

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#15 posted 2639 days ago

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

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

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