My Test Urn

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Project by WoodshopJoe posted 03-24-2010 04:47 AM 3155 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a test box that I thought would be fun to try, since making 4 flawless miter joints on a square box to fit to perfection I decided to try 8 miter joints to make an octagon. These joints turned out OK but I learned what I needed to. I also decided to try out making an inlay in the front of the box. The first attempt failed, so I made a larger template and went at it again with success. The inlay fit in perfectly. Also since I still wanted to include splines I decided to route in long splines with a dovetail bit which turned out pretty well and added some great contrast.

The wood here is red oak, Brazilian cherry and walnut. I love how the oak worked in since I generally try to stay away from it. But after the oak is shaped it really has some cool lines and the grain really is accentuated. The lid function I’m not too fond of so I have to work on that yet. I want to find a concealed way to lock it down so you don’t see any mechanism. I am thinking of using some type of magnet latch but haven’t gotten around to working out the details of it yet. I had a bit of trouble with the lacquer on this box. The first time I sprayed it the lacquer never leveled out and it was really rough. So today I sanded the entire thing again down to raw wood and started over. I thinned the lacquer a bit and it helped but it’s still not to the quality I desire. I think I need a better HVLP gun. I have sprayed many projects with this gun using the same lacquer from the same can with no problems but this on just wouldn’t lay down very well. Maybe I should have filled the pores, I don’t know.

Thanks for looking!!

-- Joe Truehart - The Craftsmans Woodshop

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#1 posted 03-24-2010 04:57 AM

Very nice. Definitely like out of square boxes :-))

-- 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 03-24-2010 05:49 AM

Beautiful box Joe and I love the wood combination and the different design / shape…...
I do think you have a case of “Andy-itus”........... congratulations !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#3 posted 03-24-2010 06:08 AM

looks awesome….

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#4 posted 03-24-2010 07:43 AM

Nice box. Good choice of woods

-- Dreaming patterns

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#5 posted 03-24-2010 11:12 AM

ir’s a great box. i was surprise to hear the cross was an inlay. my first thought was that it was two layers laminated and then carved away with a arbor grinder.

-- Daniel -

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#6 posted 03-24-2010 12:35 PM

truly unique

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#7 posted 03-24-2010 01:16 PM

very nicely done joe

-- -erik & christy-

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#8 posted 03-24-2010 02:38 PM

Daniel, yes the cross is an inlay and I did that way so that I could grind away the material around it without worrying about going too deep and grinding it away. I recessed it just over 1/4” and had it raised above the surface of the oak about 3/8” before shaping so I could get some good depth on it.

-- Joe Truehart - The Craftsmans Woodshop

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#9 posted 03-24-2010 06:42 PM

That is pretty cool. If this is the test run, can’t wait to see what the “real” one looks like.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#10 posted 03-26-2010 02:53 AM

Really neat idea, looks great. Kinda makes you want to look inside.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#11 posted 03-26-2010 03:01 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#12 posted 03-26-2010 05:23 AM

What a beauty!!! and tough too. Thats not easy what you made, I sculpt stone too, and it can be a bear to get the flow right, and you did. Do you mind if I ask you what kind of spray gun you are using, I can probably help you with a lot of advice on finish work. Take a look at my hall table of Koa and volga blue granite, or other projects. I’d be glad to help you if you wish. Great piece bud.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#13 posted 07-09-2010 07:07 PM

WOW thats amazing, one of these days i’m going to try an art box..

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#14 posted 01-15-2011 04:03 PM

Love the design details. I enjoyed looking at this project.

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

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#15 posted 04-10-2012 04:50 PM

stunning affect with color and grain, nice work!

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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