OSB jewellery box (sorry)

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Project by Duplenty posted 03-22-2009 06:54 PM 14344 views 11 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all.

I think I raised a few eyebrows with my OSB nightstand a few weeks ago (thanks for all the cool and helpful comments, by the way), so I thought I might as well post all the other things I’ve made from this “ugly duckling” material for those of you who want to know more about its possible applications.

This is a jewelry box I made for my girlfriend. I know what you’re thinking, but remember that most people don’t know how cheap OSB is and have no negative connotations to this material. She’s not a carpenter of any kind and has thus never seen OSB before, don’t know about its more common applications and, like most people, reacted with curiosity and fascination when she first saw it. I would be hesitant, however, to make this to a lumberchick, lest you break the relationship.

I made it in two levels, where the first level has an ordinary “trap door” opening with a mirror installed. I just bought a router, so it’s snuggly inset so the surface of the mirror is flush with the rest of the underside of the lid. I have never been able to do that before, so that was great fun. I love my router, I’ve even given it a name; Brian. The hinges are visible, but they too have been inset (thank you, Brian). I was going to hide them, but I chickened out when it came to it. The second level I originally planned to be an ordinary pull-out drawer, but I figured it would be more fun to have it swivel around one corner. Again I inset the hinges to be flush with the rest of the box (you rock, Brian). It gives a kind of “Transformers©” feel to it when it swivels around and it’s kinda hard to see where exactly it is heading and then suddenly, schwoop clack, it is closed. A word of caution, however; when hinging at a mitered corner like this (especially mitered OSB), the hinges are hanging on to basically nothing (It’s not poor quality, you philistine, it’s just delicate…). Anyone know of a better way to do this?

One thing that bugs me is that I didn’t think far enough ahead to make sure that the pattern on the drawer match the pattern just over it.

Lessons learned:
Think ahead. Not one step, not two steps, but all the way to the finish.
Brian is a powerful machine that needs to be treated with respect. It’s easy to route over the line, and once you do you won’t get that wood back.

I will post some misc stuff shortly.

-- Carpent! And thou shalt be saved....

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#1 posted 03-22-2009 07:00 PM

Now that’s a neat box. Nothing like making something that others don’t have the guts to try.

A great job

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 03-22-2009 07:02 PM

Hard to believe but this is pretty neat and it’s waterproof. I built a hay shed and work shop and used OSB for the interior walls and had a sheet left (lumber yard said it is waterproof) over and left it outside on the ground in SW Missouri weather for a year and it stayed flat and did not crack anywhere.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#3 posted 03-22-2009 07:18 PM

i to like to make boxes & your design is really good , it just goes to show that there are a whole lot of good ideas out there, & most of my woodworking is centered around my router & router table, keep it up.

-- john, Moose Jaw, Sask,

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#4 posted 03-22-2009 07:26 PM

I think you have disproved the old adage that you can’t make a silk purse from a sow’s ear.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 03-22-2009 07:48 PM

You and Brian work well together. I like this box!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#6 posted 03-22-2009 07:50 PM

I don’t see any reason to apologize for this. It is actually a very beautiful box. I’m amazed you are able to get such good miters in the OSB.

How does she open the trap door on the top?

-- Kyle Shipp,

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#7 posted 03-22-2009 07:56 PM

Hey! I never would have thought of that. That looks amazingly nice.

Great job!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 03-22-2009 08:28 PM

How about pictures of the girlfriend?

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#9 posted 03-22-2009 08:48 PM

That’s very unique to say the least. It looks very nice.

-- It's better to have people think you're stupid rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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#10 posted 03-22-2009 09:09 PM

when people say times are hard then this has to be the way forward .
not only is that box and your nightstand functional but very clean looking great work love them…. #
can i ask what you used to finish them with is it straight clear varnish


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#11 posted 03-22-2009 09:17 PM

I have to admit that this is really cool. I was all ready to bash you for using OSB as a box material, but wow…neat! The idea for the swinging drawer is cool too…have you thought of maybe using a pin to pivot on with a rare earth magnet to secure it? Just a thought…no idea if it would work. Great job buddy.

-- Patrick

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#12 posted 03-22-2009 10:00 PM

Kshipp: Oops. Since I took these photos, I’ve added a small handle which is a silk band loop threaded through a small hole in the trap door. I meant to take another photo of this and include it, but I simply forgot all about it. I will take a photo at the next opportunity and post it here.

Pommy: On the outside I used a semi glossy varnish (or lacquer, in Norwegian it’s called “lakk”) that is usually applied to hard wood floors. First one coat, then a light sanding, then a second coat. I probably should’ve had more coats, but I’m not very good with liquid materials so I decided to quit while I was ahead. The black colour on the inside is some kind of water based hobby paint.

PGreene: I originally designed it with a pin, but I found that the axis of pivotation (sic) would come too far into the box, forcing me to round off the corner of the drawer. This would create a recess into the box, breaking with “cleanness” that I wanted. I think.

Thank you for your comments, everyone, you are all too kind!

-- Carpent! And thou shalt be saved....

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#13 posted 03-22-2009 10:27 PM

Nice and original. I name my kid “router”.Lol

-- Zipsss

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#14 posted 03-22-2009 10:43 PM

Excellent and beautiful work. I have a particular affinity for using the ‘wrong’ tools and materials for a job, just to push limits, and see what’s possible, and maybe come up with something no one would expect, doing or using something no one would bother to try, so I have a particular love of your box. It looks rather exquisite in the shots where the light reflects off the faces. Great job! I agree with your first lesson, too. It would be neat to have the sides made of the same pieces, so the strands line up exactly, minus the blade width of the cut. It would never have occurred to me, either. My projects are made of mistakes :)

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#15 posted 03-22-2009 10:54 PM

just goes to show, it’s not the material, but the workmanship that makes it. Nicely done… anything can be made beautiful if properly handled.

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

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