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Project by littlecope posted 10-06-2009 02:06 AM 2324 views 5 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

...about what I would make with the Rosewood?
As some of you might recall, David, our very own beloved Patron, was kind enough to make a gift to me of some wonderful Rosewood.
Not wanting to waste any of this precious wood, and after long and careful thought, I decided to make two boxes out of it. This one is the first. He had sawn it in book matched fashion, and I wanted to use at least some of that effect.
I did not try anything new or different with the box construction! No way was I going to try something cute that might cost me the Wood…
For the panels, I used some very old Oak that had been collecting dust in the cellar of my Parent’s house. It’s very likely that it has been more then 100 years since this wood bore leaves.
This much took about 9-10 hours, over two days. I had a heck of a time seeing the pencil marks on the dark areas of the wood, ended up putting a reading lamp behind the scroll saw so I could see the “shine” of the lead. I’ve since learned that a little tape would have helped, i.e., marking the lines on the tape. Ah well, next box…
Next was the hinges. I wanted to make a heavier barrel, with a larger pin, this time, but still have fairly thin straps. It took two tries but I finally came up with these:
I own no books on the subject, subscribe to no magazines, have seldom watched any Wood workers on TV, and yet this is my favorite part of Wood Working, the development of an idea, the translation of a thought into reality…And this was a regular science project, at least for me! I cut the hinges out of leftover Oak from the Flag Boxes that I made. Twenty or so holes drilled, with four different size drills, from two sides of the scraps, then scroll sawing from two sides and finally having the desired shapes fall out!
The end result, was that the hinges took nearly as long to make as the Box!! After that was just a “simple” finishing job…
I tried a semi gloss wipe-on polyurethane for the first time, but after four coats it wasn’t even close to the snap and crackle I was looking for. So I topped all six sides with spray-on gloss poly. All told, five days of “simple” finishing…
And there you have it! Another fun build!!
Many thanks, once again, to David for the Rosewood and to my Dad for the Oak!! And I still have a second box to build… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 10-06-2009 02:15 AM

Very good job,I like the way you show step by step.
Hinges very well done.

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#2 posted 10-06-2009 02:32 AM

wow !
this looks great , mike .
the hinges came out really nice too .
when you showed them to me on p.m. ,
i thought that the ” manequin ” in the back ,
was some ” doll ” you were making for a kid .
now it hit me it is the tree you made the hinges from .

you make me proud !
thanks for doing this from your own resources ,
and heart .

-- 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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#3 posted 10-06-2009 02:35 AM

That Rosewood is beautiful and so’s the box. Great job and I like how you did the hinges. Thanks for sharing.

-- John @

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#4 posted 10-06-2009 02:37 AM

Looks great Mike. now the pressures on me to use the Rosewood David gave me. I’m still thinking.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 10-06-2009 02:50 AM

jim ,
that was for your enjoyment and pleasure .
no pressure from us .

do what you like at your leisure .
take your time .

-- 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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#6 posted 10-06-2009 02:55 AM

Thanks, Guys!
I really didn’t want to let David down, you know? :)
Jim, there’s no pressure on you! This is not a contest. From your heart an idea will come, in its own time…Wait for it, don’t rush it!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#7 posted 10-06-2009 02:58 AM

the box is beautiful , the wood outstanding, but those hinges are ??? – way cool

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#8 posted 10-06-2009 03:24 AM

great work ! the hinges look awesome … really complements the box

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#9 posted 10-06-2009 03:39 AM

Superb wood nice design. Having just made some wooden hinges myself, I truly appreciate the craftmanship and effort that it took to produce those.


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#10 posted 10-06-2009 04:37 AM

iI will have to try the wooden hinge thing.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#11 posted 10-06-2009 05:03 AM

wow, thanks for the hinges.

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#12 posted 10-06-2009 06:36 AM

Fantastic box. Love the hinges. Have made some myself but yours are a lot fancier! Outstanding build all around.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#13 posted 10-06-2009 06:56 AM

Very, very nice job. I really like the way you matched the rosewood. Those hinges are beautiful as well. You convinced me to try using my favorite saw-the scrollsaw-for some in the future. On second thought, I’ve got an idea that will necessitate the use of about 16pair of hinges, since you’ve already mastered the learning curve, maybe you’d enjoy cutting them out for me? Congratulations again on an excellent choice and use of the prized and gifted wood.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#14 posted 10-06-2009 11:22 AM

Beautiful work and craftsmanship. Nice job incorporating the bookmatch,
that really sets off the beauty of the wood and box.


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#15 posted 10-06-2009 12:34 PM

This is beautiful and fitting of the wood.
From concept to finish, the project looks like fun!
And the result is just remarkably beautiful.
Keep those boxes coming… or you’ll go into box withdrawal!
From another boxaholic,

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

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