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Project by Dan Pleska posted 1640 days ago 1730 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, http://www.danpleskaCreations.com





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bigike

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#1 posted 1640 days ago

nice work

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

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OutPutter

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#2 posted 1640 days ago

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

Best,

-- Jim

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Skylark53

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#3 posted 1640 days ago

Very nice. The stone knobs-really good.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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DocK16

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#4 posted 1640 days ago

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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Dusty56

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#5 posted 1640 days ago

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

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

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patron

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#6 posted 1640 days ago

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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a1Jim

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#7 posted 1640 days ago

Great design, super wood ,excellent build

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Dan Pleska

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#8 posted 1640 days ago

Thanks for all the nice comments.

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

-- Dan, West Virginia, http://www.danpleskaCreations.com

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scrappy

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#9 posted 1639 days ago

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.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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jack1

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#10 posted 1639 days ago

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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Dusty56

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#11 posted 1639 days ago

Thanks Dan : )

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

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rmoore44

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#12 posted 1633 days ago

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

-- --RoB, Florida

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Dan Pleska

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#13 posted 1633 days ago

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, http://www.danpleskaCreations.com

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