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Project by mjasper posted 09-10-2009 04:26 AM 2408 views 10 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a fantastic piece of quartersawn white oak on hand and decided to make a toolbox out of it. The sides are dovetailed together (machine cut on a Leigh jig) and I inlayed them for a decorative accent with bloodwood on the border and bubinga for the diamonds in the center. This was my first inlay piece, and it is a little rough. However, the knowledge I gained from doing this project was invaluable towards future inlay projects. I still prefer marquetry, but it was fun none the less. It is finished first with three coats of Arm-R-Seal for protection, and then several weeks later, a 1:1 naptha/tung oil blend to give it that tung oil sheen. I found it also made the colors really pop as the Arm-R-Seal seemed to dull them slightly. I wondered if this finish combination could cause adhesion issues, but the solvents are the same, and I have not had any issues yet.





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Roz

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#1 posted 09-10-2009 04:43 AM

Man that is nice! We obviously have a different idea of what a tool box should look like. I’d be ashamed to show you mine. Want to trade? Very very nice.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#2 posted 09-10-2009 04:45 AM

Very nice use of a very nice piece of Oak.
If that is your idea of “rough” inlay I can’t wait to see what you come up with after practise..

-- "Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible." ~ Frank Zappa

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#3 posted 09-10-2009 04:56 AM

What Dalbergian said!

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

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#4 posted 09-10-2009 05:35 AM

I like this very much

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#5 posted 09-10-2009 05:38 AM

very nice tool box

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#6 posted 09-10-2009 06:29 AM

What CharlieM1958 said! ;-)

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#7 posted 09-10-2009 07:00 AM

What Roz said, :-))

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#8 posted 09-10-2009 07:08 AM

very cool tool box very nice great design looks nice.

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#9 posted 09-10-2009 11:54 AM

Very special project! Craftsmanship!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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Geedubs

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#10 posted 09-10-2009 04:18 PM

Very nice! No reason why ‘shop furniture/items’ should not be as nice as home furnishings. Beautiful artistic detail.

-- Todos los dias aprendemos algo nuevo.

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#11 posted 09-10-2009 04:46 PM

Very nice job; nice joints, nice wood, nice finish, nice design, nice profile. Congrats!

One bad comment though: The blades of your lawnmower have to be sharpened!

Best,

Serge

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#12 posted 09-10-2009 06:57 PM

That is great looking. I’m not sure I’d want to get it dusty!

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#13 posted 09-11-2009 08:00 PM

A very nice toolbox and inlaying.
Sharad

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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#14 posted 09-11-2009 10:43 PM

Excellent work. If that is “rough”, most of us need to practice our skills a bit more. Maybe you’re being too critical of yourself.

Thanks for sharing

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#15 posted 09-12-2009 07:12 AM

Well what can I say its all of the above and some.

bbbb

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