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Project by dgom posted 01-06-2015 01:02 PM 1267 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This teabox was made from the ground up starting with two 1 meter (~40”) long maple logs that I took care of when the community disforested around the ground plots where we live in the summer of 2013. The logs were ripped down into one inch boards using my chainsaw mill this autumn and left to dry for a few months. Then I ran them through the planer. Problem was that the thinner the boards became the more they tended to warp. I chose the best ones and finally managed to build the box. I donĀ“t know if the warping was due to that the lumber was not dry enough or if it was due to that the logs were of small diameter ~15 cm (6”). When the lid was sawn off there seemed to be some inner tension release with some more warping of the lid and box sides as a result. Time will tell if there will be some cracking e.g. of the box lid or bottom…
Anyway it was a good exercise in box making and since it is my first box that I have made I’m quite pleased anyway. The box is finished with boiled linseed oil.

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#1 posted 01-06-2015 02:11 PM

Very nice and clean. Love the sleek lines of the box. I have had similar problems with wood too. I think my problems were that I was too impatient.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 01-06-2015 02:58 PM

I like your box. Tasteful and straightforward is a good thing. Your problems with wood movement are not uncommon, and I speak from experience. Might have been moisture, but might also just be the release of internal tensions in that particular piece of wood. Letting the wood “relax” a couple days between milling operations is a good practice that may help.

Going to veneer over a stable substrate like Baltic birch ply is a way to avoid the issue, but then you’re moving into a very different process. Also, using an oversize sanding board (an 18×24 piece of MDF with 100 or 180 paper glued on) is the best way to square up the lid/base opening and level the bottom.

Probably not your fault. Wood movement can happen to anyone. ...and does.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#3 posted 01-06-2015 03:12 PM

The twisting and warping is indeed caused by changes in moisture. I had read to allow atleast 1-6 months per inch of thickness to properly air dry.

Check out this link for some dry times.

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#4 posted 01-06-2015 05:58 PM

very nice, simple and elegant I am thinking that more of those would make great gifts.

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#5 posted 01-06-2015 08:12 PM

nice and clean box, hope it holds up well!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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