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Project by dustbunny posted 01-12-2010 01:49 AM 3331 views 7 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Special Thanks to Andy who did an awesome blog on the art box.
I read it over and over at least 100 times.

This box was actually a practice box just to try it out, I have a ton of white oak so I didn’t care if it turned into firewood. The medallion and splines are bloodwood. I did get to try out a few new skills; splines for which I built a jig, hinges, and using a grinder to sand down the lid (dust storm !! ). I now own a corner chisel for the hinges, I did these by hand but no longer need to.

I didn’t take heed to Andy’s warning about not grinding too much over the hinges and the dowels in the handle, the very tips of the screws poked through the lid, and a fraction spot of dowel is visible on the handle. I ground the screw tips down and filled the pinholes with dust; fixed. I left the handle as is.

I also had a bit of trouble routing the recess for the medallion. I had trouble holding the router because it is heavy for me. I ended up with a small gap on the front and back of the medallion which sawdust didn’t fix and is visible. I tried to hide it in the pictures but I have to confess, it is not pretty.

I am planning for my next box, I have orders for five cutting boards first.
This box is for my oldest daughter, she will love it even with the mistakes. (She needs glasses) LOL

Thank You Andy !! : )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#1 posted 01-12-2010 01:54 AM

good job, next time do the waves i know u can if u came this far.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 01-12-2010 01:55 AM

Beautiful box! I’ve been meaning to try something with the splines but it’s going to have to wait until my wife gets her closet back so I’d better finish that project first.

On the router issue.. A small trim router or even a dremel could get the job done. When I do snare drums I have to cut a relief into the bottom for the snare wires, it’s a relatively simple job to do with a sanding disc on a dremel and it’s easy to control. If I needed square sides I could just square it up with a chisel perhaps.

Now that you’ve got the grinder mastered it’s maloof chair time right? ;)

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#3 posted 01-12-2010 01:57 AM

This is a beautiful box. You should be proud.

I’m curious, did you make any provision for the medallion to expand and contract or do you not consider it necessary since, in theory,the oak will expand and contract in a similar fashion?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 01-12-2010 01:58 AM

Hey Lisa, try burnishing the corners to closeup the gaps in the miters. Outstanding box. I’m still getting there with mine. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#5 posted 01-12-2010 02:02 AM

Wow, that did turn out very nice!

-- Janice

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#6 posted 01-12-2010 02:28 AM

Great looking box.
You read well and interperate the instructions.

Nice job.

-- 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 01-12-2010 02:29 AM

Great practice box! Can’t wait to see a ‘real’ one LOL! A very nice box.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#8 posted 01-12-2010 02:34 AM

Fantastic Box & craftsmanship. Great wood combination also.

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#9 posted 01-12-2010 02:39 AM

Wow Lisa very cool box great job. Since you read Andy’s blog a 100 times there’s going to be a pop quiz
on his blog LOL

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#10 posted 01-12-2010 03:12 AM

Turned out to be a beautiful box. Your will daughter should get years of use and be able to pass it down to her children.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#11 posted 01-12-2010 03:21 AM

Nice practice. Can’t wait to see what happens when you do it for real!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 01-12-2010 04:03 AM

If there are so many mistakes on this box, you sure did a great job hiding them with the photography. I really like the way this turned out.

Now I’m thinking that my box making might improve if I get one of those funny hats. :-)

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

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#13 posted 01-12-2010 04:26 AM

Wow Lisa this is very well done, its not as easy as it looks. I dont think these boxes look that difficult to make, but there are so many details to keep in mind from one phase to the next. Its a logical progression and takes patience and planning. But sometimes I dont remember to heed my own warnings and get careless…oops!
I do like the oak and bloodwood combo, a strong look.
Your first “test box” is better than my 4th or 5th ,and I know your daughter willl love it.
Remember, Love is blind…not your daughter:-)

BTW: Your welcome,

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#14 posted 01-12-2010 04:32 AM

McKenzie- thanks for the tip. I am looking into possibly a lighter smaller fixed router. Still thinking about it.
Rich- I don’t think wood movement will be an issue. The grains are all in the same direction. Time will tell.

Bradford- This picture is awful. I ran and looked at the box again. I think the issue is I used a roundover bit on the corners. This exposed the end grain, in the pic it looks all choppy, for real it is smooth as a baby’s butt. The end grains soaked up the finish a bit more than the rest, making it a bit darker. What is burnishing for gaps ?

Jim- bring on the quiz !! LOL
Yes Charlie a funny hat will help your skills. Hehe

Thanks all you are all so kind :)


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#15 posted 01-12-2010 04:57 AM

Remember, Love is blind…not your daughter

Thanks for the reminder : )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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