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Project by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) posted 08-20-2009 03:15 AM 1887 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Box body is curly maple found in the regular maple bin at Lowes; top and keys are walnut; spline in tab is more of the curly maple. Tried to “pop the grain” a la the method on the Wood Whisperer’s website – Sealcoat shellac with TransTint dye (I used red-brown), then sanding everything back except the curl. Didn’t quite work as the dye really soaked into some of the regular grain and it looks much better in person than in the images with lots of shimmering chatoyance. The top is glued up ‘gray’ steamed walnut with orange shellac. The body received a coat of Seal-A-Cell then several coats of Arm-R-Seal; the top got several coats of Arm-R-Seal.

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".





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patron

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#1 posted 08-20-2009 03:26 AM

nice box jim ,
im not to up on all the finishes ,
mostly just the spray minwax satin .
for bigger things lacquer sprayed out side ,

i just tried my first mitered corner box ,
i think i need to make a sled for that though ,
i really appreciate what you guys are up against
now though .

the grain and contrast
in yours look great !

-- 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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griff

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#2 posted 08-20-2009 03:29 AM

Beautiful box Jim, How does the top pin to open ?

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#3 posted 08-20-2009 03:36 AM

Griff, the top is pinned on both sides with 1/8” brass pins. I don’t drill all the way through the box sides, so the pins have to be inserted in both sides and both edges of the top during assembly – accuracy of the holes is very important! Thankfully I have a drill press which certainly helps.

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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Karson

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#4 posted 08-20-2009 04:24 AM

A great looking box. You should change the title from Curly Cherry to Curly maple.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#5 posted 08-20-2009 04:38 AM

Thanks, Karson – I’m having a very duhhhhh evening!

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#6 posted 08-20-2009 04:41 AM

Nice work Jim
great finish and super figured wood plus super design

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#7 posted 08-20-2009 04:48 AM

Beautiful wood, great box

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#8 posted 08-20-2009 05:00 AM

Sweeeet!

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

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#9 posted 08-20-2009 05:26 AM

Jim Crockett,
Very nice looking box. I like the way you pinned the top to the sides. I know it was critical to locate these properly, otherwise it wouldn’t close level nor would the back act as the necessary stop that it provides. The woods contrast very well also.

Sincerely,
Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#10 posted 08-20-2009 06:16 AM

Very nice Jim, I love the curly maple, the design with the lid lift off center, the spacing of the splines….........
an altogether very nice package.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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ellen35

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#11 posted 08-20-2009 12:25 PM

Beautiful box, Jim.
Maple and walnut are always a show.
I really like the spline effect too.
Ellen

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

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griff

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#12 posted 08-20-2009 03:34 PM

Thanks Jim for the info. I not much on tedious projects . You sure cam work them though.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#13 posted 08-20-2009 11:01 PM

Lowe’s are you kidding me!!!!! I’d like to shop at that one. I hate the wood at the local lowes. Great box!

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#14 posted 08-21-2009 01:56 AM

Tom, it had to be a mistake, finding the curly maple at Lowe’s. I couldn’t believe it when I saw it and have checked every time I’ve been in since and have found no more. Wish they would make a mistake like that more often!!!

Jim

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#15 posted 08-22-2009 06:43 PM

Good looking box.

Nice find at Lowes.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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