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Project by Woodhacker posted 1927 days ago 2688 views 7 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve done a number of boxes over the past two years based on a Woodsmith Magazine plan, yet each are unique in their own way. I know there are other LJs who use this plan as well. This box was made specifically to be auctioned at a fundraiser for a local parochial grade school. The school’s mascot is the “wildcat” and the inlay is a reproduction of the school’s official mascot/logo. I’ve done a few other dovetail boxes using the KSU powercat logo as an inlay, one of which I posted here on LJ some time ago.

This one is made of Carribean rosewood, curly maple and birdseye maple, with purpleheart for the inlay. Unlike the original plan which calls for attaching the sides with dowels, in mine I use 2 inch by ¼ inch mortise/tenon joinery for the sides and front/back. The base is hickory which is tongue and grooved into all four sides.

The inlay pieces are approximately 1/8 inch deep. Some of the larger inlay pieces were “steam” bent over a hot pipe to match the curvature of the top. Actually, I soaked the pieces in water for a few minutes before bending. This worked out very well (except for a slightly burnt finger). This was done to reduce stress in the glue up and eliminate any chance of the wood memory springing back and affecting the integrity of the glue joints over time.

I didn’t have time to put the type of hand polished, multi-coat oil/poly finish that I put on most of my boxes, so this one has three coats of teak oil, followed by a couple coats of paste wax.

I was told later the box sold at the auction for $250.00. This is the closest I’ve come to ever selling a project. Until now they have always been gifts. So I’m glad it went for a good purpose.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#1 posted 1927 days ago

very nice

-- Joe, Ga

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#2 posted 1927 days ago

Beautiful! Wood, design, craftsmanship and story.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 1927 days ago

hi Martin
This is one beautiful Box love the inlay

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#4 posted 1927 days ago

They “stole it” for $250.00 ! This is a remarkable box with all of your wood choices , design , and inlays : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 1927 days ago

Wow, another beautiful box Martin….......... I love the wood combination and the “perfection” in the inlay is awsome…......... One of these days I am going to get brave and try an inlay.

What books would you recommend to learn the details of how to inlay?

Thanks for posting

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#6 posted 1927 days ago

Great looking box. The inlay is really nice!

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

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#7 posted 1926 days ago

I’ve donated items to charitable auctions before and sold other items. I can tell you that donating gives you a totally different sense of accomplishment. Selling items is not bad either, but it does make you feel better when you see someone using something they bought from you.
I just started a subscription to Woodsmith, so I’m not familiar with this plan. Do you use sliding dovetails for the front and back to fit into the sides?

-- - In the end, everything will be okay. If it isn't okay, it isn't the end yet.

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#8 posted 1926 days ago


I like the free form sides, at the top… really cool!

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#9 posted 1926 days ago

That is one fine piece of work! I love the combination of the woods.
The grain shows so well in each type.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#10 posted 1926 days ago

Really great box. Fantastic job on that logo inlay!

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

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#11 posted 1926 days ago

Very nice inlay, care to share the issue of that Woodsmith Magazine. I’d like to make one of these

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#12 posted 1926 days ago

Very nice. I too would like to know which back issue.

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#13 posted 1926 days ago

Great looking box!!! The logo looks perfect.

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#14 posted 1926 days ago

That’s beautiful work.

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#15 posted 1926 days ago

Thanks to you all for the comments and encouragement. It means a lot coming from such great talent here at LJ.

Jeff: I used tongue and groove joinery rather than sliding dovetails to fit the base into the sides, back and front.

DocK16 & rwyoung: The plan is found in Woodsmith Vol. 29, No. 174. Here are a couple other of my variations if you’re interested: #2, #3

-- Martin, Kansas

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