The Second Rosewood Box

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Project by littlecope posted 10-27-2009 02:30 PM 2367 views 3 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really dragged my feet on this one! The box itself was done 3 weeks ago, the hinges 2, and the final assembly and finishing last week… Had a hard time photographing this one at first. Brought it to work, where the lighting is good, but made the mistake of putting it on a white background. It came out looking like it was made of Ebony! Then I was laying in bed this morning thinking about it and had one of those “Eureka!” moments. Of course it did! The camera was over compensating for the brightness of the white!
I was going to take it outside, and take some in natural sunlight, but I couldn’t wait that long… I just draped an old dark gray blanket over a chair, used the flash, and I was in business…
This is the second box made from the Rosewood given to me by our own David/Patron. I used almost every bit of it… Here was the wood originally once again:The original wood
When the decision was made to make two boxes out of this, while the boards were still intact, I made the four slots that would receive the panels. This pic shows the relative positioning of the two:The second Rosewood Box begins
So the second box, like the first, is actually “book matched”, only the opposite way…
I had the dickens of a time seeing my marks on the first box, so as per David’s suggestion, I taped my marking areas this time and marked on the tapeDecided to try taping the ends this timeI'm going to see the lines this time!!
This made a world of difference! So much so in fact, I decided to try something that I had thought of about 3-4 boxes ago… In the past, I’ve always had run-out where the slots are cut for the panels, and then filled the resulting gaps with small “chinking” blocks, a procedure shown in my “Just for Fun” blog about the Poor Man’s Box… Well, it occurred to me that the sides could be marked and then cut so as to make that unnecessary…
Although it doesn’t show it very clearly, here’s what I did:Trying a little something new...
It worked pretty well…
With the sides cut and fittedThe sides cut and fitted
I then cut and fit the Oak Panels, using the rest of the same piece of 100 year old Oak used in the first boxPanels cut and fitted
I used the hinges that I chronicled the construction of a couple weeks ago… First gluing them in place, then drilling through them and into the box, and tapping in the pinsPinning the hinges
And then it was on to the finishing department…
It’s funny, Because I was the guy who was ranting and raving about some boxes I had seen that were almost exactly alike that some guy had made, asking the question, “Who does the same thing over again?”. And here, I’m the one who made very similar boxes! But it seemed right with these. The two of them are connected in the most intimate fashion, being literally from the same pieces of wood. Where ever they end up, they’re going there together…
It’s also funny that there has been talk here lately about the Zen-ness of certain activities involved with Wood Working. This second Boxes’ whole creation was that way, it felt like it happened of itself…like I had very little to do with the outcome…
Be that as it may be, there they are. Hope you enjoyed the journey as much as I did! Forgive me for the length of the presentation but wood working is a very solitary recreation and it’s a lot of fun too to show the process… to people who appreciate it! Thanks for your time, questions and/or comments are, of course welcome! :)

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

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#1 posted 10-27-2009 02:35 PM

These are very cool! The rosewood is stunning and I just love those hinges. The workmanship shows.
You are a true boxaholic! The “zen” of box making is so relaxing and stimulating at the same time.

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

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#2 posted 10-27-2009 02:39 PM

Thanks Ellen! I just can’t help myself…
I’m going to have to start another one right away!!

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

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#3 posted 10-27-2009 02:45 PM

I went back and looked at all of your posted projects. Wow – you must have a good teacher or you just have a talent. We all love to make boxes. After all, they are just small cabinets.

Nice ever improving job!

-- Jim, Richmond Virginia - Plan your work - Work your plan.

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#4 posted 10-27-2009 02:58 PM

Thank You, Jim. No, no teacher, it’s an ever-evolving voyage…
But I do have over 13,000 advisers, consultants, and friends just a few clicks away… ;-)

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

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#5 posted 10-27-2009 03:10 PM

Another great box Mike.

You get better & better !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#6 posted 10-27-2009 03:43 PM

Great loking box. Sone nice looking wood there also.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 10-27-2009 04:05 PM

well done grasshopper !

now pick up this hot urn ,
with your arms ,
and you will have the mark ,
of a true master !

and can wander around ,
and talk riddles ,

about the enlightenment !

and how everything is hinged together ,

and we are all one !

-- 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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#8 posted 10-27-2009 05:20 PM

Thanks Eric, I try…
And thank you, Karson. It means a lot to me, really…And for you (with your legendary Wood Hoard!) to say “Nice Wood”, Wow!!!
And Master David, as Master Po said to young student Caine, ”Be like the prow of a boat! It cleaves the water, yet leaves, in its wake, water…unbroken…”

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

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#9 posted 10-27-2009 05:29 PM

great job mike put another notch on your table saw for one more great project.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 10-27-2009 06:52 PM

a most excellent box and chronicle. I agree about the zen-ness of WW sometimes.

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#11 posted 10-27-2009 08:19 PM

i have seen lots that wood,but your hand turn it to be more beautiful,
great workmanship,


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#12 posted 10-27-2009 10:01 PM

Snatch the pebble from David’s hand and you will be able to leave the Abbey.
Btw nice bit of work on the box..!!

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#13 posted 10-27-2009 10:20 PM

It’s a real beauty. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#14 posted 10-27-2009 10:20 PM

Beautiful Mike, just gorgeous. I think you have found your calling my man. Like Larry says, you are the Master. m

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

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#15 posted 10-27-2009 10:37 PM

Thank you, once again, Everybody!! Looks like we have more than a few Kung Fu fans from back in the day…

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

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