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Project by KnickKnack posted 11-30-2008 08:46 PM 2455 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally managed to get small enough magnet fasteners so I can cross “travelling ashtray” (which is what this is) off my “to do” list. Since this will be in a pocket or handbag the normal type of fastener, which comes open if you turn it upside down or shake it, wouldn’t work.
Olive, with oil finish. This is from a dead olive tree I had to cut down earlier in the year.
Height 1 inch, top 1.5×1 inch, so it’s kinda small.
There are 2 pairs of magnets – the ones in the top are slightly proud so you can easily locate the top in the right place.
What went wrong?
1) grain from top to bottom doesn’t quite match since the tenon saw took too much wood out when I sliced the top off
2) ditto because the top and bottom magnet holes weren’t quite aligned (how was I supposed to do that?)
3) It’s so smooth and small it’s quite hard to actually pull the top off!

Does this qualify as a “knot” for the “knot challenge”?

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#1 posted 11-30-2008 09:41 PM

i didnt read the rules—-but that looks like a knot to me…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 11-30-2008 10:03 PM

Looks knotty to me. Great piece of wood & good job on it.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 11-30-2008 10:07 PM

beautiful box,,,,, i have a made over 100 and i when i start, i make a lot mistakes…..but, that the way you learn…. good luk

-- ALEX, from Texas, ( jewelry boxes)

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#4 posted 12-01-2008 12:21 AM

I love things made from Olive. I think you did a fine job on this.

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#5 posted 12-01-2008 04:42 AM

a travelling ashtray? – very knotty!

Nice looking project, don’t mind the gap myself. As for aligning the magnets… the only way I can think it to drill small registration holes down through the top before boring them out from within. I too will welcome any suggestions for alignment without having to spoil the lid.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#6 posted 12-01-2008 07:30 AM

Really nice. That’s a beautiful piece of Olive wood.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#7 posted 12-01-2008 09:02 AM

Very nice box.I use magnets in most of my boxes.I use 2 sizes a 3mm and 5mm depending on the size of the box.I sharpened a piece of 3mm brass rod to a point on the lathe,cut it to 6mm .DRill the first hole put the brass rod in and the point give you a perfect mark when the box is closed.

-- Johan, South Africa,

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#8 posted 12-02-2008 01:30 AM

beautiful box! .... as for the hole alignment, heres a trick that works for me. The small beaded head of a sewing pin held between the body and lid in alignment, one smack on the lid with a deadblow results in two corresponding indentations in the seperate pieces! Hope it works for you too, Craven

-- let the chips fly!

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#9 posted 09-09-2011 04:32 AM

A large grain of sand or two, poked around with a toothpick or tweezers, lid placed, hand pressed, jewelers loupe to find and then circled in pencil. Drill. Smile and have a smoke.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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