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Project by Russel posted 10-18-2009 09:28 PM 2895 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Growing up, my parents had a large Bible that always sat on a table in the living room. It was full of pictures from Bible stories and places to record a family history. That Bible is one of the fondest memories of my youth and the inspiration for this box.

The box is made of curly maple wrapped in walnut and the cross is my very first inlay. The inlay couldn’t be simpler, being all straight lines, but it did cause me to hesitate. Something about inlays is intimidating, so I dawdled and sat and looked at the top for a while before jumping in and cutting the inset.

I’m told, and I’ve seen people clear out the inlay area with a router, but I don’t trust my hands that much, so I scribed the lines and got a couple chisels and chopped away. Makes you appreciate a sharp edge.

The interior of the box is 8×10 and 3 inches deep. It’s put together with box joints. It’s finished with wipe-on poly.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 10-18-2009 09:32 PM

Hey Russel
super nice bible box. Super wood with cool good contrast

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#2 posted 10-18-2009 09:33 PM

Nice looking Bible Box.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#3 posted 10-18-2009 09:44 PM

Very nice box.

-- We are the people our parents warned us about.

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#4 posted 10-18-2009 09:45 PM

nice box ,

and sounds like a good ,
connect to your past .

well done .

-- 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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#5 posted 10-18-2009 10:42 PM

nice box i tell ya this for an inlay like that if u put a fence on your router to follow the edge of the top u can then learn to trust your hands but it still came out very nice and u do have much learn to have a fondness for a verysharp edge and next time u sharpen your tools u take your time on the chisels to get it just right and very sharp to cut wood like butter, just one question though what type of wipe on poly did u use what brand?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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eklectic

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#6 posted 10-18-2009 10:50 PM

Nice box Russel. I really like the contrasting wood for the inlay! :-)

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss!

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#7 posted 10-18-2009 10:56 PM

Great looking box Russel, I like the inlay and the wood selection. Very good build

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

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#8 posted 10-18-2009 11:00 PM

Very nice work Russel.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 10-18-2009 11:04 PM

Beautiful Bible Box, Russel. Great Job on you first inlay, it looks perfect!
Did you have the box Blessed?

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

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#10 posted 10-19-2009 12:28 AM

The grain on the top makes the cross pop out. The maple looks like cloth almost. Great work.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#11 posted 10-19-2009 12:44 AM

Russel, Great box! I like everything about it. The contrasting woods, your inlay is great and I like the box joints. (nice touch).

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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Russel

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#12 posted 10-19-2009 01:13 AM

Thank you one and all.

Littlecope: I didn’t need to get the box blessed. I figure since making it blessed me it had plenty to spare. ;-)

BigIke: I use Min-Wax Wipe-on Poly. There are those who don’t like it, but I’ve never been disappointed.

David: I’m finding that most things I make these days connect me to someone or some time. I kinda like it.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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#13 posted 10-19-2009 01:55 AM

Nicely done, and for a good cause. Looks like you got the contrast ratio about right too – 10:1.

-- Have a blessed day! http://newmissionworkshop.com

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SEE

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#14 posted 10-19-2009 03:08 AM

It’s a gorgeous box. I also enjoyed reading about what inspired you to build it. That’s a keeper, for sure.

-- Build for the joy of it!

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#15 posted 10-19-2009 03:59 AM

Very nice box & a perfect first inlay. Well done

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