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Project by Dan Pleska posted 01-31-2010 01:29 AM 2263 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a couple of simple boxes with stone knobs. One is curly maple and the other is ambrosia maple. Both have cherry lids. They are about 4” square and 5” tall. The sides have a 3 degree taper starting about the middle and the top has a 5 degree bevel. I drilled a 1/8” hole in the stone with a “glass” drill bit and used CA glue to glue it to the 1/8” brass rod I put in the top. Another thing that is a little different is the grain orientation. The grain on the sides is vertical instead of horizontal. That way I didn’t have to use splines to reinforce the corners. Thanks for looking.

-- Dan, West Virginia,

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#1 posted 01-31-2010 01:30 AM

nice work

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 01-31-2010 01:32 AM

Nice boxes. I like the mixed media with the stone, metal rod, and wood. Very cool.


-- Jim

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#3 posted 01-31-2010 04:30 AM

Very nice. The stone knobs-really good.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#4 posted 01-31-2010 04:34 AM

The taper makes it unique. Nice job Dan

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#5 posted 01-31-2010 06:37 AM

Do you polish your stones like the other Jockette did on her projects that she posted recently ?
Nice style on the box : )

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#6 posted 01-31-2010 06:40 AM

sweet ,
simple ,

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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#7 posted 01-31-2010 06:58 AM

Great design, super wood ,excellent build

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#8 posted 01-31-2010 07:55 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments.

No. The stones are already polished when I buy them.

-- Dan, West Virginia,

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#9 posted 01-31-2010 04:00 PM

Very nice boxes. I like the way you ran the grain. With the boxes taller then they are square, it gives good flow. Also the tapered sides helped. Very nice design and build. Also like the stone knob.

Keep it up.


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#10 posted 02-01-2010 06:02 AM

Great idea, can I steal it??? I like the form of the box too. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#11 posted 02-01-2010 01:12 PM

Thanks Dan : )

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#12 posted 02-07-2010 05:13 AM

These look great. Newbie question, how do you taper the sides? What kind of join do you use?

-- --RoB, Florida

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#13 posted 02-07-2010 09:41 AM

Thanks RoB,
After the box is glued up I move my table saw fence to the left of the blade (right tilt saw), attach a tall aux. fence. Tilt the blade to 3 degrees, turn the box upside down and sneak up on one side. When the bevel is where I want it, I cut the other sides. The blade is cutting the side that is away from the fence.

The corners are mitered. Hope this helps.

-- Dan, West Virginia,

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