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Project by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) posted 05-02-2009 12:53 AM 1944 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was in the process of making this box when I had my table saw accident. Finally finished it this week and it is on its way as a very late birthday gift to my granddaughter.

Ash body with purpleheart top, handle, and miter keys; leather lining in bottom of box. Bought the chain at a local hardware store – size seems to be about right (a hint: if you are going to attach a chain such as this, drill holes for screws before assembling body and top. Otherwise, you’ll have to use a very small finishing nail to make a pilot hole. And, I found out the hard way that it is wise to liberally coat the finishing nail with beeswax or paraffin before pounding it in – this may allow you to extract the nail with a pair of vice grips).

Body had two coats of Deft natural Danish Oil, followed by three coats of General Finishes’ Arm-R-Seal. Purpleheart was finished with many coats of Seal Coat shellac, sanded back in an attempt to fill the pores and two coats of Arm-R-Seal (never did get the pores filled – this stuff is worse than oak!!!). Inside received two coats of SealCoat. Then added a buffed coat of wax to everything – this may have been overkill but it made it look nice!

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".





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#1 posted 05-02-2009 01:15 AM

It does look great Jim. Good tip on the pilot holes too ;-]

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#2 posted 05-02-2009 01:37 AM

Good Job , Looks great.

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#3 posted 05-02-2009 01:44 AM

Jim a great looking box. And you got the problem out of the house. So now you can heal.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#4 posted 05-02-2009 02:34 AM

Great looking box! Love the Ash / PurpleHeart combo.

Good tip on pilot holes. Have done that myself.

Keep it up!

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#5 posted 05-02-2009 02:39 AM

great looking project

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#6 posted 05-02-2009 02:41 AM

It’s just really nice. I love the clean look of a lot of projects on LJ’s. Just enough to be decorative without overdoing it.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#7 posted 05-02-2009 05:22 AM

I agree with Daniel. Very nice looking box.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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#8 posted 05-02-2009 05:32 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#9 posted 05-02-2009 08:01 AM

Very nice combination of species . I just finished a PurpleHeart project and kept thinking that I should have filled the pores as well .
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#10 posted 05-02-2009 04:14 PM

Ihave been wanting to make a box with this type of lid
but not sure what the process is? did you do the ash like a picture frame and cut the purple heart out for the center?

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#11 posted 05-02-2009 05:48 PM

Real nice work Jim! Thanks for sharing.

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#12 posted 05-02-2009 06:41 PM

eddy, I build this box based on a Fine Woodworking article by Doug Stowe, a preeminent box-builder. The title of the article is, “A Better Way to Build Boxes”. You need to be a member to view this article but they offer a Free 2-week trial membership that will let you take a look at (or download) the plans for this box and many others.

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#13 posted 05-02-2009 06:50 PM

i think i have that issue in a stack of wood working mag.s in the shop
i will look there if not sounds like the membership will be the way to do
thanks for the help

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#14 posted 05-02-2009 08:07 PM

That is a nice looking box Jim I’m sure your granddaughter will love it. You mentioned a table saw accident, I’m glad that you seemed to have fully recoved but will you share with us what happened? Maybe it will be a chance for others to learn from your mistake?

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#15 posted 05-02-2009 10:29 PM

Choppertoo, what do you mean mistake? I don’t make mistakes!!! ;-))

I had a rather serious incident with my table saw blade on March 5. Severely cut the index and middle finger on my left hand, severing the tendon in my middle finger that controls the upper knuckle and wiping out a bunch of nerves. My initial message on this accident is located here. I’m still receiving PT for the fingers – very little, if any, feeling in the sides of my middle and second finger towards my ring finger and, oddly, the same on the inside of my ring finger which only received a very small nick at the tip of the finger – the therapist thinks it must me caused from having my hand and wrist immobilized for six weeks. The tip of the middle finger shows no movement from the upper knuckle – the ortho surgeon thinks that the tendon repair worked but that the lack of movement is caused by adhesions. Still have considerable pain as the joints, tendons, ligaments that were inactive for over six weeks stretch with use. But, at least no one calls me “stumpy”!!!

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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