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Project by jeffswildwood posted 07-22-2015 12:54 AM 4091 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project I was asked to build for a friend. His Son has taken an interest in collecting rocks and needed a display for them. I have done interlocking pieces before but it was a slow process. I needed 98 slots in this to get what I wanted so I came up with a jig, http://lumberjocks.com/projects/169178 to get consistency. This made the process much easier and came out great! I did learn some valuable lessons making this.

When the dividers are sanded, they become loose.

When they are sprayed with clear gloss, they get VERY tight again.

Making a jig can really help.

This was a fun project and I did learn a lot. Made from poplar and stained with provincial stain. Inside sprayed with clear gloss enamel and the outside minwax wipe on tun oil.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".





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#1 posted 07-22-2015 01:03 AM

very cool – lots of uses

-- Greg Simon

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#2 posted 07-22-2015 04:05 AM

Nice work Jeff. I can see why you wanted a jig for this. I agree, this could have a lot of other uses.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 07-22-2015 04:56 AM

Jeff, nice job on this project. Everything is neat and precise. The jig looks like a good idea. When I was making a dozen wooden boxes with 25 compartments each, I found that taping all of the horizontal prices together with masking tape and cutting them as a group saved me a good deal of time. Then I would do the same thing with the vertical pieces. Venetian blinds and an 1/8 inch saw makes a nice grid. Everything is pre-finished.

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 07-22-2015 09:09 AM

Very nice display box for the fledgling geologist, Jeff. What is the blue in the back? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 07-22-2015 12:45 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone. Dave and Greg, I guess it could have many more uses. I see future project! Al, I wish they were pre-finished, That was my biggest fight. I check yard sales and flea markets but have yet to find any blinds. Candy, I put felt in the bottom for appearance and to cushion the “valuable” gems. I really like what the young man said, “wow, big and fancy”.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#6 posted 07-22-2015 03:04 PM

Awesome job. I think it turned out great.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#7 posted 07-22-2015 03:07 PM

Nice work. How large are the cubby holes.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#8 posted 07-22-2015 06:24 PM

You certainly put your jig to good use Jeff. Great looking display box.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#9 posted 07-22-2015 06:26 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. Charles, they are 1.5 X 1.5 mostly. The edge holes are a bit smaller.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#10 posted 07-22-2015 09:27 PM

Jeff, making slats is such a pain it may be worth just buying a new wooden blind. They sell them at Home Depot. The larger sizes are more economical to cannibalize.

-- Big Al in IN

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#11 posted 07-24-2015 12:00 AM

Super work.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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