barely knotty box

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Project by scottb posted 01-31-2009 03:59 AM 1746 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started out as my entry for both the secret and knotty projects in the 2009 winter woodworking awards. I think I spent about as much time tearing apart the shop looking for something with “a knot like no other”, as I did building this box. One upshot is that I finally got my shop cleaned up!

I had this very flat piece of clear straight-grained pine, with one knot on the very end. I set up to resaw for continuous grain around the sides of the box. Unbeknownst to me, the table saw had slipped a couple degrees out of vertical, so when I resawed the board I ended up with boards way out of square…. not having a jointer, planer, (certainly not wanting to sand them to something in the ballpark of coplanar) and thinking the problem was with me, not the table saw…. I modified the plan to have the box a bit wider at the top, rather than simply square.
Crisis averted… and a better looking box IMHO.

Glue up, and fitting the top and bottom was no problem… but as far as the secret compartment went, what worked in my head was getting needlessly complicated in actuality. Interestingly, I came upon another board that I really wanted to use for the Knot category, and in the process of trying to make it work as part of this box, I ended up designing and building a new project for the contest(s)... So much for the plan of making one project count for two categories… I ended up building two just the same!

I like the clean lines of this box, and how I got all the knotty edges down on the same side. The knots on the front, side and edge of the lid are all the same knot from the same board!

The box is about 9” x 3” x 3” and is finished with Howard’s Feed N’ Wax.

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

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#1 posted 01-31-2009 04:48 AM

Scott, you’ve outdone yourself…stretched yourself beyond the limit…genius.

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#2 posted 01-31-2009 05:18 AM

Very nice work Scott, not only did you do a very fine project but your photography of it is just beautiful.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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