'Etrog' finger joints Box

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Project by Elyasaf Shweka posted 09-28-2015 11:23 PM 1411 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mahogany and Maple
Rustin oil finish. sanded up to 380 grit.
box joints – 2.5mm each. made with a jig based on Matthias Wandells plans. great jig
bevel edges on the top made on table saw.

I don’t use much mahogany, and im not sure if it a standart feature or not, but this dark wood really stands out in direct sun light, a shiny gold grain-trace is showing. i hope its possible to see in the picture.

its made for use in the jewish holiday named “Sukkot”. one of the jewish rituals asks for using an ‘Etorg’ (kind of a fruit, very close to lemon). so this box is being used for one week, and in display for the rest of the year.

it was made in a rush to give as a present to my Dad for this holiday, so i used the metals i had under hand. not the best choice, but it works. still need to learn how to align those hinges at back so that the lid would close perfectly aligned. and i still need to figure out how to sand the glue marks inside the box after its glued…

the top splines are for enforcemnt of the top, and for decoration.

Happy Holiday!

-- Only by the 4th time I realized how it was suppose to be done in the first place.

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#1 posted 09-28-2015 11:54 PM

Happy Sukkot Elyasaf! Nice looking Etrog box and your box joint jig is impressive. Mahogany is a terrific wood to work with and to look at.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#2 posted 09-29-2015 09:03 AM

That is one of the loveliest Etrog boxes I have seen.
Since these boxes get carried outside, in the sunlight, the characteristic chatoyancy effect of the mahogany is well manifested.
I feel (as you mentioned) that narrower winged hinges could beneficial.
Happy holiday and Shana tova!

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it

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#3 posted 10-11-2015 03:58 AM

Nicely done.

Here’s a suggestion for the interior. Mask the glue surfaces and spray the inside with finish BEFORE assembly. In this way, any interior glue squeeze-out can simply be wiped off the finish. I’ve used this for box-joint boxes in the past with considerable success. I also spray the inside surface of the bottom before gluing it in place.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#4 posted 02-22-2016 10:25 PM

Nice piece of work.

-- Art is making extraordinary out of the ordinary.

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