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Walnut Keepsake box

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Project by rockmolsen posted 07-04-2015 05:36 PM 1852 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was some locally harvested and milled walnut I purchased earlier this year. I milled, stacked and let it dry and it was at 7% MC went I began to make the box. The lumber did warp a small amount making it difficult it to get a “Perfect Miter”, something I seem to struggle with regardless of the method of cut? The box top was some spalted ?something? I had laying around. The finger groove on the front was made tilting the table on my Ridgid oscillating spindle sander, something I’m really getting my monies worth with. The dimensions are 7 1/8” L x 5 1/8” W x 3 3/4” H. Sanded to 220 with 3 coats of wipe on poly. Thanks for looking !

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.





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#1 posted 07-04-2015 06:45 PM

Very nice design and wood choices.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 07-04-2015 07:51 PM

Thanks Mike – from Rick a Norwegian living in the states. Last name Olsen, family from Oslo and Trondheim.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#3 posted 07-04-2015 08:33 PM

Beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 07-04-2015 10:01 PM

Great looking box—the spalted lid and walnut go well together!

-- Dean

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#5 posted 07-05-2015 12:13 AM

Rick, what a nice combination of rich colors and contrasts. I like the woods you chose. The chamfer on the top adds interest and eye appeal. This looks to be solid construction. All that said, to my eye, the sides are way too thick for a small box. I would have made the sides about 5/8 of an inch thick. The external hinge distracts from such lovely work and craftsmanship. This is one possible economical solution for that. There are many other options on this site. I really do like the appearance of and finish on this box, nice work. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 07-05-2015 01:17 PM

That a really sharp box i like the cut out for the handle how did you make this on spindle sander?

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#7 posted 07-05-2015 01:19 PM

Big Al, thank you for your feedback. It’s one of the reasons I post things. After i got it assembled, I also thought the stock should have been thinner. I read your blog, certainly a much better look. I plan on reading the rest of that also and will incorporate that method in my next one. Where to you purchase you hinges/ box hardware from?

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#8 posted 07-05-2015 02:27 PM

Scrapwood – the Ridgid oscillating spindle sander I have the table tilts. I wish I would have made that recess a bit smaller. I wrapped some sandpaper around a wood dowel to finish that recess.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#9 posted 07-05-2015 07:16 PM

Very nice box, really like the contrasting top. Been meaning to make another box, what sucks is having 1” rough stock, my bandsaw isn’t much on resawing so if I want thin walls I’ll have to plane it down that far which is kind of wasteful.

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#10 posted 07-05-2015 09:11 PM

Rick, I usually buy my hinges from Rockler. They are continuous hinges that are 3 or four feet long and have an elongated hole which I hate and try to cut out. The advantage to Rockler hinges is that they are 1 1/16 wide and of consistent quality. The local stores keep changing their suppliers. Hinges from China often have more play in the parts. The best hinges seem to come from Canada. As the blog will show, I cut these hinges down to the length I need for each box. There are several steps (also in this blog) to make them usable. This is how to miter them into a box. It is my solution to making boxes economically since really nice hinges like those from Brasso cost more than I can pay and still make money selling my boxes. I design my boxes so that i don’t need any other hardware.

-- Big Al in IN

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rockmolsen

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#11 posted 07-05-2015 09:32 PM

Gixxeerjoe04 – I have a thin kerf blade on my table saw and I re-saw on that, a little more material is wasted but it actually comes out pretty nice. You keep flipping the board 180 degrees and raising the blade a little at a time. Then I run it thought the surface planer or my drum sander. You of course are limited to the width of the board you can do this with.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#12 posted 07-05-2015 09:32 PM

Thank you Al !!

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#13 posted 07-08-2015 01:27 AM

Rick, absolutely wonderful box. The 45 degree cuts can be difficult. I struggled with them too until I made a shooting board with a 45 degree donkey ear. It works great, and the 45 degree miters are spot on, every time. Thanks for posting this beautiful box.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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rockmolsen

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#14 posted 07-08-2015 05:36 PM

Steve, thanks for the tip. Do you have a picture of that shooting board and how do you maintain identical lengths for you sides with that?

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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