Padauk Jigsaw Puzzle Piece Box

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Project by Durnik150 posted 05-29-2009 03:13 AM 2062 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK. There really isn’t any puzzle to opening this box. I had a friend who wanted a box to store a deck of collectible cards for him. This was my first try. It turned out to be too narrow for the cards in question but was a fun experiment. The center is empty to hold whatever you can fit past the narrow puzzle ends. It is open on both ends when the ends are removed.

I had a hunk of Padauk that I wanted to use. The first step was to make the puzzle ends. I used the band saw for that. Then I cut off the front and back of the body. The tricky part was cutting out the center of the piece that was left while leaving the ends intact enough to still act as the mating sides for the puzzle ends.

I have made several puzzle hearts using sliding puzzle pieces and this was somewhat of an extension from that. I’ll make a new heart and post it here on LJs in the near future.

The Padauk was finished with gloss polyurethane after a coat of natural stain. The box is about 7” wide 1 1/2” tall and 3” deep.

Thanks for taking a look.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#1 posted 05-29-2009 04:08 AM

How cool is this? Your boxes are very imressive, you do some of the best on LJ’s

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#2 posted 05-29-2009 07:27 AM

Real cool man way out there nice.

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#3 posted 05-29-2009 02:26 PM

The things the creative mind will come up with is amazing, Excellent box

-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#4 posted 05-29-2009 03:49 PM

wow !
a secret compartment ,
in plain sight !
nice .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 05-29-2009 04:09 PM

Real cool Charles. I’m still a little new here so forgive my ignorance. What’s “natural stain”? I actually really like the stain and finish prosses. That looks beautiful! Very nice work.

-- Larry , Colorado

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#6 posted 05-29-2009 06:28 PM

Pretty cool, I would never have come up with that.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 05-29-2009 06:56 PM

Padauk woot woot love this wood

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#8 posted 05-30-2009 08:40 AM


By natural stain I mean I take Minwax Natural stain and give it one coat. I flodd the surface and then rub it all down and remove what wells up every 5 minute or so for the next 45 minutes or so. Once that is dry I move onto the layers of polyurethane.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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