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Project by Jim Bertelson posted 05-03-2015 10:49 PM 1073 views 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small memento box, 4” square, 3” high, made to be buried with my wife’s mother. She died late last year, and her ashes were buried in Oregon last week in her family plot. It ended up being a somewhat rushed project due to unexpected job commitments. However, it was finished just in time.

I confined the main woods to pieces my wife Sherie had given me 20 years ago, while encouraging me to do some woodworking. The sides are zebra wood, the top and bottom oak, and the knob stabilized bird’s eye maple. In inside pieces are maple from the shop.

I just had time to apply two coats of wipe on poly, but it seemed adequate. I followed the general design of “Secrets to flawless mitered boxes” from the April 2015 FWW magazine. Making a box of this type was new to me, and included some new skills…...and fortunately the machines and I managed with only minor errors. I recommend the article to all. It is well written, and I followed it fairly closely.

I used Titebond III glue, I fastened the knob with a screw, and used Minwax Clear Satin wipe-On Poly for the finish, only time for two coats.

I actually resawed the wood in Anchorage, put the pieces in my carry-on, and took them to our vacation home in La Conner, WA.

Here in La Conner (still will be here another week), I purchased a Rigid R4331 Thickness Planer, taped two of each type of wood together since the pieces were short, and ran them through the planer. I then cut the dadoes on the Rigid R4512 table saw to the width of its thin kerf blade (a departure from the article) then cut the pieces to size. I made a temporary small sled type of jig clamped it to my Incra Miter 1000HD, and cut the 45 degree bevels on the table saw. Cutting the pieces to size and then using a sled for the bevels does follow the article.

I used blue painters tape for clamping, as suggested, for both the main box, and the inside maple box that makes the lip that hold the top. I did not use a hinge or a lock. The top was a very tight friction fit, adequate for this purpose.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska





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grizzman

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#1 posted 05-03-2015 10:53 PM

beautiful box, nice way to honor your mother in law, enjoy the rest of your time off….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 05-03-2015 11:12 PM

Grizz

Thanks Grizz. Should be retired by the end of the year, and then perhaps I will get to the shop more often.

I am going to post another project tomorrow morning, just a shop thing from La Conner. Definitely too old for this working stuff.

Hope you and yours are doing well, looking forward to a quiet week here in La Conner.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#3 posted 05-03-2015 11:27 PM

sure is a beautiful box there jim
a nice tribute for a loved one

enjoy your time off
when you retire
you will work even more
than you did as a doc
with two shops

-- 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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#4 posted 05-03-2015 11:50 PM

Patron

I hear you, David….....(-:

No matter where I go there will be no time off!

At this time, still working, the shop is my sanctuary, but it is hard to muster sustained energy to get things done. I actually used this project to get myself equipped to do more artistic projects. This one, apart from the personal significance, did get me going with the bandsaw in Anchorage, and the planer here in La Conner. I had to cut the top off of the box with the band saw here in La Conner, and it did fine. I will be confining myself to smaller projects in La Conner, and the band saw here is a little less capable. But I have a few tools here that are better than the ones in Anchorage. Hope to even that out a bit over the next 6 months. Won’t duplicate the RAS here in La Conner, but I sure miss it. I know you have one of those archaic old beasts as well.

Turning summer, gonna be too hot, not too cold in your shop. You have to get it insulated, buddy. Insulation keeps out the heat and keeps it in as well when needed.

Keep the wheels turning….....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 05-04-2015 12:20 AM

Nice box for mementos!, Jim. You’ll love retirement!! I was in La Connor last fall. I wished I knew you lived there then. That is where I learned all about Madrone wood out by the coast and got to bring back a huge log of it.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 05-04-2015 02:20 AM

Jim Jakosh

Thanks Jim. We are itinerants between Anchorage, AK and La Conner. La Conner is our vacation home location. We dearly love it here, and plan to spend a lot of time here in retirement. Check back with us if you are ever back this way…......

We were in your area maybe…......5 years ago. Just traveling around.

Thanks for stopping by…....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#7 posted 05-04-2015 02:24 AM

Adrianogal

Comments are welcome, come back again…............

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#8 posted 05-04-2015 09:03 AM

Hi Jim,
Sorry for your wifes lost.
What a fine box, I love that zebrano wood.
A beautiful last gift, especially when the wood came from your wife and was the beginning for a new journey back then and now follows her mothers last journey.
I retired some years back now and have never had time enough… The wood path are a endless road, so many fine moments of retreat and so many fine moments of share, you have wonderful moments in front of you.
I will look if I have the article.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 05-04-2015 01:31 PM

Jim,
I know Sherie is appreciative of the box and the devotion you used to create it. Mimi said it is beautiful and I think so, too.
Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 05-04-2015 01:50 PM

Mads

Appreciate your comments about the box, and about retirement. I finally wore myself out…....or just got too old….....probably both. I have been an obstetrician-gynecologist for 42 years. Looking forward to a little time off…..........

Read a little about your work with clay. It’s just like the planes in woodworking. With you, it is all about the hand tools!!.........(-:

I would think that the clay sculptures would be a good prelude to wood carving.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#11 posted 05-04-2015 02:10 PM

Lew

Nice to hear from you, and Mimi. This project was made to fit the wood I had, but the size was about right in any case. Next time, I will get the wood to fit the project!........(-:

Sherie’s mother traveled a lot with us, and was here in La Conner a number of times. Sherie keeps seeing her in the sewing room where they spent many a fun hour. Sherie is moving on a little slowly.

Later today I hope to post my modular torsion box bench that I use here in La Conner. It is a rather unique item, designed for small shops, especially those that must be put away after use, like mine here.

I suspect you are in the full throes of Spring there now. La Conner probably goes into Spring a little earlier than you, I would guess. The tulips bloomed in late March and early April, so we missed them this year. Anchorage had less snow than usual this last winter, but was moving to Spring very slowly any way.

Best wishes to you and Mimi…......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#12 posted 05-04-2015 02:10 PM

Smiles Jim,
Yes after 42 years it must be time to look up.
Old is inside, I sometimes feel my body are so tired that I think I must be 100, then I make a tool and cut some wood or shape some clay and it’s all forgotten.
Clay is a good way to stay sharp even it sounds soft.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 05-05-2015 11:54 AM

Very nicely done Jim. Luv the grain going all around

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#14 posted 05-05-2015 02:01 PM

Mads

I think I will look into carving, it seems like a good retirement activity, especially after following Stefangs’ series on it. I have a few carving tools, just never got to use them yet. Clay would be a good introduction…...

Hope Spring is arriving in Denmark, along with some warm weather…......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#15 posted 05-05-2015 02:15 PM

Roger

Thanks for the viewing Roger. The continuous grain was particularly important with the heavily marked zebrawood, making it a focal point instead of an issue. Once I got my head around the principal, it was fairly easy. The FWW article discussed that aspect of it in detail.

Following some of your projects, I assume you are supplementing your income by selling pieces. Some people make that transition successfully in retirement, and some don’t. It would be a pleasant way to parlay a hobby into a better life style. I don’t plan to do that, I just need to throttle back and have a more relaxed life style.

Have a good day, looks like parts of Kentucky are having sunshine and warm weather…...........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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