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Project by Matt posted 2589 days ago 1902 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So here’s a wine box that I completed not too long ago. It was pretty simple except the dowels gave me a little more trouble than I anticipated. I didn’t have a flush-cutting saw while making this so I wrapped sandpaper around the head of a nail and sanded away at all 12 for a loooong time. Besides that, I can’t think of what I would do differently. Is a flush-cutting saw the only option for that?





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WayneC

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#1 posted 2589 days ago

Nice box. Would think you could pare it with a sharp chisel or use a well tuned block plane to trim it.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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John Nixon

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#2 posted 2589 days ago

Nice work Matt. That’s the one from WOOD, right? What kind of wood did you use? I like the contrast of the different woods.

You have other cheap alternatives to a flush cut saw – a coping saw, a hacksaw blade with a piece of thin carboard taped to one side.

So what’s in the box these days?

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY - http://www.EagleLakeWoodworking.com

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WayneC

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#3 posted 2589 days ago

Oh and I think David and some folks were talking about using a hole punch and playing cards to protect the wood a while back.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Bob Babcock

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#4 posted 2589 days ago

Very nice. I like the dowel joinery on the sides. Gary did some drawers on two beautiful tables he made like this a little while ago. Very nice look.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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Matt

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#5 posted 2589 days ago

Thanks, guys.

John, it is the one from Wood. I used cherry and walnut. Right now I have a box and a bobble head in there. The intended recipients are in Arkansas indefinitely so maybe I’ll just keep it.

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Dorje

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#6 posted 2589 days ago

Good looking box – I think John made a similar one of these too, insprired by Jeff's winebox!

A flush saw is nice to have – picked up a Crown

at a tool swap…no set on it, makes a nice flush cut saw. Not necessary though as the other’s have said, a sharp chisel would do the trick once most of the peg is removed by saw.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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RobH

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#7 posted 2589 days ago

I love that box. I have been wanting to make something like it for a long time now. I just never get around to it with all the other things that I need to get made.

Keep up the good work.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#8 posted 2589 days ago

Beauty. I may (if I remember) put a few of these (with wine of course) under the christmas tree.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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jockmike2

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#9 posted 2589 days ago

Nice looking box Matt, keep up the beautiful work. jockmike

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

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Don

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#10 posted 2589 days ago

This is a very nice looking box, matt and I just love small wooden boxes. Are the ends curved?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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Matt

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#11 posted 2589 days ago

Thanks everyone.

Don, yes the ends are curved.

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Ethan Sincox

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#12 posted 2589 days ago

Suggestion:
Instead of using wooden dowels, you might want to consider using brass rod. You can get it at most hardware stores (I’ve found the smaller the hardware store, the better the selection of brass rod, actually). All you’d have to do is drill your holes (same size as the rod you’re using), cut the rod to just a hair MORE than the entire depth of the hole, and then tap them in place with just a little glue (slow setting CA glue or Gorilla Glue would work fine – epoxy would probably be overkill). When you’re tapping them into place, you’ll be able to tell when the rod has bottomed out because the tone will change.

Once they are all tapped into place, set it aside for a few hours to dry and then come back and sand them flush. (The closer you get to cutting them “a hair” long, the less you have to sand. But if you cut them a little too short, then they won’t bottom out – not really a travesty, but…)

You can work/cut/sand brass (and copper and bronze, for that matter) with anything you’d use on wood.

I think brass pins add a nice touch to such a project, especially in a nice contrasting wood, like walnut.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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Ethan Sincox

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#13 posted 2589 days ago

By the way… love the grain selection for the walnut. Don’t know if it was intentional or not, but details like that will really draw the eye to one piece over another.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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Matt

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#14 posted 2589 days ago

Now brass is a great idea. I might have to do that some time. My next one will be made with some fiery orange paduak and curly maple. I don’t know if I’d like brass with those woods though.

The grain selection was intentional. Now that you’ve mentioned that, I realize the first two pictures are of the same end. I meant to show both ends as the grain is similar in both. Ah well.

Also, I don’t know why I never thought of just using a chisel. It’s such a simple idea that I use on many other things like that. For some reason, I sometimes need others to tell me those “simple” solutions.

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Bill

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#15 posted 2588 days ago

I guess the handle is just for opening the lid, and not carrying it? I think someone might make that mistake and end up breaking the box, and the bottle. I can not tell, but can they get their fingers under the handle? If not, then it is not likely to be a problem.

Great job Matt.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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