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Project by Edziu posted 01-23-2010 08:25 AM 1799 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I went to this really nice all-boys high school. Ever year they have this black tie dinner/auction and I’ve donated something to it almost every year. I’m displeased with them this year so I decided to donate something completely absurd- a pair of balls, in the school’s colors- Blue and Gold. Realizing that this was seriously useless, I made a Mahogany box, ten sided with a lift-off lid, to keep them in. This is quite possibly the most fun I have had making a gift for this auction.

Technical info:
The balls are 5” in diameter, the blue one being maple dyed with Transfast Turquoise Blue. The yellow ball is yellowheart. Both are finished with three coats General Finishes Danish oil, the last one being wet-sanded with 600 grit. SUPER SMOOTH!

The box is Mahogany, with the top and bottom 1/4” plywood veneered in Walnut Burl. Made the rabetts for the top using the technique in this or last months Fine Woodworking for making small boxes.. It’s very easy, I got it on the first try, and I didn’t even have the magazine near me! I finished the box in Rockler Wipe on Poly Gel. It’s unavailable right now, but it will be back on store shelves soon.

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#1 posted 01-23-2010 09:13 AM

Nice project, great workmanship. I can’t imagine an all boys high school being very nice:-))

-- 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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#2 posted 01-23-2010 03:37 PM

How displeasing do I need to be to get one? Very nice.

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#3 posted 01-23-2010 05:47 PM

That’s the nicest useless project I’ve ever seen ! LOL How much time did you spend on your displeasure ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 01-23-2010 06:16 PM

Unique project but well done

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 01-24-2010 05:48 AM

To answer some questions:

An all boys private high school is great, when the all-girls private high school is half a block away.

How much time for my displeasure? Less than 4 hours.

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#6 posted 01-24-2010 05:52 AM

I hope the auctioneers got the joke.

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#7 posted 01-30-2010 06:04 AM

Very interesting> Let us know the amount it gathers.

-- 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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