Black walnut box with solid brass hardware

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Project by Wood Studios posted 05-11-2015 01:12 PM 1363 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a fairly large box made of black walnut. All of the hardware is solid brass that I purchased from Lee Valley in New York. I have mastered making a box with box joints and cutting the lid off the assembled and glued up carcass but attaching the hinges as I did in this project leaves a bit to be desired when it comes to aligning the lid with the case on all four sides. In a soon to be added project to Lumberjocks, I will show a box I am working on now that was a success as a result of a new technique for holding the lid perfect aligned to the case while mortising the case and lid for the hinges and installing the fasteners. And yet to be mastered is attaching hinges that are hidden with only the knuckle showing when the lid is closed, again lid and case aligned on all four sides.

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#1 posted 05-11-2015 03:26 PM

Really nice looking box. You did a good job. Always something new to learn with the boxes. Keep up the good work. You’re learning to be a real pro

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 05-11-2015 04:09 PM

Nice box joints – Did you build a jig or did you purchase a jig?

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#3 posted 05-11-2015 05:04 PM

Beautiful box and excellent craftsmanship. What did you use as finish?

-- "I have learned from my mistakes, and I am sure I can repeat them exactly" — Peter Cook

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#4 posted 05-11-2015 05:17 PM

Polyurethane varnish, satin finish. I usually put several coats on with a brush, sanding lightly between each coat to eliminate blemishes and then for the final coat, I use the spray version of the polyurethane varnish. I use the Minwax fast drying varnish and am generally pleased with the results.

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#5 posted 05-12-2015 05:11 AM

WOW! For my money the box is beautifully elegant….. lovely timber, a job well done sir…..

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#6 posted 05-12-2015 01:14 PM

Love your box. Hinges are without a doubt the most daunting aspect of box building. I am eager to see your mortising technique.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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