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Project by Mark posted 01-04-2015 09:00 PM 1863 views 6 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey LJs. Yea I’m still here just haven’t posted anything in a long time. I’m working in the Alberta oil sands now and barely have time to spend in the shop. But anyways I built this project for a friend in Alberta with no specific instructions behind the design of it so I just decided to try something I’ve never done which is where the little inserts/accents come in. Its mainly made out of cherry. The lid is 1/4” cherry, 1/8” roasted walnut, and 1/4” cherry again laminated together and roasted walnut dovetails on the corners. For the inserts I didn’t want it to just be walnut again so I threw in a couple with bloodwood. If you zoom in on the pics you can tell which ones are bloodwood. Theres one on the front of the box, left side, and right under the carving. The carving on it is a capital H. Its kind of hard to make it out in the picture but ya.. Anyways the bottom is made with cedar seeing as I always choose cedar for that and it was all finished with water based poly. As simple as this project can seem anytime I challenge something new its very easy to ruin the whole project so it took some time to do it. Any questions, comments, or critique, feel free. Thanks

-- M.K.





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CanadianWoodChuck

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#1 posted 01-05-2015 12:00 AM

Nice project
I love the accent pieces, the dovetail splines and the carving on top. Nice work

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce) http://3dwoodworkingplans.com

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#2 posted 01-05-2015 12:02 AM

Really nicely executed!

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Mark

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#3 posted 01-05-2015 12:06 AM

Thank you both of ya. I was second guessing the dovetails n thought of just putting straight splines but in the end I love the dovetails

-- M.K.

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bobasaurus

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#4 posted 01-05-2015 12:34 AM

Interesting accent inserts. What did you use to cut the slots for them? I like the dovetail splines and carving work too.

-- Allen, Colorado

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Mark

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#5 posted 01-05-2015 12:55 AM

i used a plunge router with a 1/8 bit to cut grooves in the wood. I cut them about 1/8” deep as well (using a straight edge to guide the router). after that I would take one of my tiny square files to file the round ends of it square. then I ripped 3/16” strips out of my bloodwood and roasted walnut and ran them through my planer on both sides til the 3/16 was maybe 1/64 of an inch bigger than 1/8 (9/64) so they would wedge in tightly in the grooves. when I cut the strips to fit in the grooves I would also cut the ends at 2 degrees short to short so the ends would wedge in tightly as well. and just before I inserted them I would shave the bottom edges a bit so it goes in smoothly. then glue and tap them in. once the glue was dry I cut the excess of the inserts off and sand them smooth to the face. tricky but fun. did that sound clear enough for you? thanks allen :)

-- M.K.

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#6 posted 01-05-2015 03:21 AM

nice work mark

i remember when the family made a bird house together
been awhile

this is crisp and clean
well done

have a good and safe new year

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 01-05-2015 03:41 AM

Awesome work. I really like those accents.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Mark

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#8 posted 01-05-2015 03:42 AM

Thanks patron. Yea that was a few years ago now. My kiddos are 6 n 4 now. Me n my little guy just built a trophy shelf for his trophies. I should post it. You have a happy new year yourself

-- M.K.

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Mark

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#9 posted 01-05-2015 03:44 AM

Thx topamax :) I haven’t talked to you in a long time either how’ve ya been?

-- M.K.

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#10 posted 01-05-2015 03:51 AM

Pretty good. Retired 9 months ago, love getting paid for doing nothing ;-) Doing a little physical therapy to fix 45 years on top a ladder ;-) That has set back my wood working /shop plans, but I’ll get it in gear, Things are looking great. My advice is to retire early before you need repairs!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Mark

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#11 posted 01-05-2015 04:08 AM

Kudos on the retirement! That’s my one fear in life is not retiring. Hense why I’m working in the oil sands. $7/hr goes into my pension so fingers crossed. Work hard, play hard lol. I’m due for a workshop makeover myself. It gets smaller n smaller every time I see it. We’ll see when I move to Alberta. Best of luck buddy :)

-- M.K.

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#12 posted 01-05-2015 04:37 AM

That’s one classy box, Mark. I love the lid profile and the treatment of the corners.

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

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Mark

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#13 posted 01-05-2015 04:43 AM

Thanks charlie :) another good buddy I haven’t talked to in a while I hope all is well :) I absolutely love this design. I’m going to build more in the near future and as I mentioned on your coin collectors box I have a few watches that need some special care and I want to build a case for them similar to it but with a glass lid to it. My watches are solar powered citizen watches and need light while I’m not wearing them.

-- M.K.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#14 posted 01-05-2015 05:07 AM

Work hard, play hard, yup; do not wait to retire to play. I have known a few that did that and they couldn’t play any more ;-( Glad I did all the things I did at the time ;-) A properly live life has a short bucket list at retirement ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 01-05-2015 05:07 AM

that’s a really nice touch with the inserts. never seen that done before. great job!

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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