My FIRST "real project" that actually worked

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Project by SawdustyDan posted 03-08-2015 03:15 PM 736 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A ring box for my little wifey-poo! I made this a long, long time ago and it’s still one of my favorites – not because of its precise construction (it ain’t got it!), or its awe-inspiring originality. But because it was a labor of love and it’s the first box I made using more that a miter box, sandpaper and nails that came out better than “awful”. And, it’s the one where my enduring love of walnut was born.

The bookmatched top was cut on my wobbly old 10” no-name band saw and the joined edge was done on my fancy-schmancy new Craftsman router table. The box joints were also cut on my router – not with a jig, but measured, marked and cut out one at a time. Did a lot of trimming, with an X-acto knife, to get them all to fit. Didn’t have any decent walnut left, so I did the lid edge and box bottom in oak; turned out we both liked the color contrast. Lots and lots of sanding and trimming later, everything fit and I gave it a few coats of clear, gloss poly. The ring-holder bottom was also hand-made, from some foam rubber and felt I had around.

No matter how long I continue with my hobby, how many things I make, or how good I get at it – this little box will always hold fond memories, along with my wife’s rings and baubles, because it was My First Real Project!!

-- Sawdusty Dan - Bellevue, NE - "Women and cats will do as they please. Men and dogs should just relax and get used to it." Robert A. Heinlein

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#1 posted 03-08-2015 08:46 PM

Dan, I guess we all have or wish we had that first project that really worked.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 03-08-2015 09:20 PM

Very nice, pretty finish.

-- While teaching a class, a gentlemen once asked me: "When chip carving an intricate design, what do you do when you are almost finished and the wood breaks off?" I replied "Cover the kids ears."

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#3 posted 03-10-2015 08:53 PM

Looks great to me. Hopefuly you will keep it and the Wife both around for many years.

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