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Project by DrDirt posted 05-16-2009 06:56 AM 1720 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this for my niece’s graduation gift. Tiger maple and walnut. Used the jigs described by Doug Stowe in FWW last December (volume 201). Used the technique of resawing the maple so that there would be a continuous grain flow all the way around the box. lid is just air dried walnut as are the splines. Put some suede in the bottom of the box just so items dropped in don’t hit the bottom like a drum.
Finish is Waterlox original. Brushed on then wiped down after about ten minutes – 3 coats.

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison





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#1 posted 05-16-2009 06:59 AM

nice box well done

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#2 posted 05-16-2009 07:15 AM

Beautifull box. Great selection of woods. Love the keys.

Keep it up.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#3 posted 05-16-2009 07:19 AM

VERY NICE!!!!!!!!! You did an outstanding job! Your niece will be very happy.

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#4 posted 05-16-2009 07:39 AM

Love the tiger maple and the box is well executed.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#5 posted 05-16-2009 10:23 AM

Very nice box. Love the colour contrast and the miter keys too.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 05-16-2009 02:06 PM

Nice work!

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

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#7 posted 05-16-2009 03:22 PM

very nice i like the colors will have to try a maple box

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#8 posted 05-16-2009 03:39 PM

people love the boxes i made for them and talk about them at social events…I love that. The best compliment we can get, is seeing it in actual use on a daily basis. The wife has plenty and she loves them.

You made a beautiful heirloom box. I’m sure your niece will treasure it for decades to come, and possibly her kids, kids will to. Did you sign and date it? How else are you going to be recognized for it after your long gone. The antique road show of 2150 will be looking for a specific period, like the great depression of 2008…lol

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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#9 posted 05-16-2009 05:18 PM

Excellent job. Very nice color.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#10 posted 05-16-2009 06:50 PM

Well done nice wood and great grain pattern.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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DrDirt

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#11 posted 05-17-2009 06:57 PM

Ned – Yes I signed it – gotta love ultrafine Sharpie – with a quick shot of Deft over it

Otherwise Antiques Road Show thinks the work is by the great artist “Ann Nominus” ;-)
Which is still better than being ‘Abby Normal’
Hey everyone – thanks for the comments and having a look

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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#12 posted 05-24-2009 02:08 PM

nicely done

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#13 posted 05-27-2009 11:35 PM

I covet your splines.

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#14 posted 05-28-2009 04:38 AM

Excellent work! I do however note the dreaded gap created when cutting the lid free. This is very common, even in Doug’s books if you look closely. After doing a bunch of boxes this way, I have found ways to minimize it….

I start by making sure the box sides line up on the bottom edge during glue up. Sometimes this requires a tap with a rubber mallet…Then, before I cut the lid free, I level the bottom on a whole sheet of sand paper so that I have a perfect reference surface. Finally, I cut the lid free using the bottom against the fence and NEVER NEVER NEVER run the box over the saw more than once per side. Doing this, I have been able to reduce my gaps from as much as 1/16th to either 1/64th or at most shy of 1/32….easy enough to run over the paper and get the lid gap dead flat…..

Hope it helps.

JC

-- Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known. -Carl Sagan

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DrDirt

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#15 posted 05-28-2009 04:11 PM

JC thanks for the tip – I think the nip at the edge is as you describe, where the bottom was not dead flat cutting it loose.
The unevenness towards the back is my normal struggle fitting hinges. The mortises for teh hinges should have been deeper, as it was, it forces the gap open at the back of the box.

But I do appreciate the tips to improve.

Dave

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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