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Project by fawig posted 1993 days ago 1713 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this display case for the flag from my Grandfather’s funeral out of a very old piece of curly maple. This project had several “firsts” for me – I had never worked with curly maple before (beautiful wood, but very hard), I had never worked with really old wood before (wow, did it suck up the glue fast!), I had never cut box joints on a 45 degree angle before (needed to build a jig), and I had never used dye before (I’ve always been a stain person).

My woodworking buddy (John8059) had highly recommended the dye process for curly maple (as did my friends at Woodcraft). After spraying the project with Honey Amber, I must admit I was disappointed – it looked dull and the color was somewhat splotchy. I was already resigning myself to a lot of sanding to remove the dye. John was confident that I would change my mind after applying the finish, and he was right! After a couple of coats of poly, the grain was spectacular!

-- "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." Phil 4:13





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fawig

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#1 posted 1993 days ago

By the way, the curly maple was from my wife’s Grandfather’s barn, so there was an interesting tie-in between our two families!

-- "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." Phil 4:13

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kummell

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#2 posted 1993 days ago

beautiful wood, and I love the jig!

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John8059

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#3 posted 1993 days ago

Nice job Fritz. The joints look great to me and you were not kidding about the wood. I wish I could reach in there and touch it.

-- Cuz

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exodus

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#4 posted 1930 days ago

Wow!!!!!!!! Love that finish

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johnpoolesc

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#5 posted 1930 days ago

you did your grandfathers memory proud

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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johnpoolesc

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#6 posted 1930 days ago

i want to know what happened to the rest of the barn?

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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SouthernBoy

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#7 posted 1211 days ago

I am about to attempt a project like this. Would it be possible for you to send the dimensions and angles?

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fawig

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#8 posted 1211 days ago

SouthernBoy: My overall dimensions were approximately 25” (long side), 17 3/4” (short sides), and 3 1/2” high. I planed the wood to 1/2” thick and the one angle is 90 degrees; the others are 45 degrees.

Good luck!

-- "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." Phil 4:13

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