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"TIE Fighter" Box

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Project by Triumph1 posted 06-13-2017 12:34 PM 1425 views 12 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I designed and created the TIE Fighter Box for a Star Wars themed art Exhibit that happened in May. For those that don’t know May is Star Wars month (especially May 4th…May the 4th be with you).

I turned the main body out of hard maple. I first turned a rough cylinder and added all my layout lines. I made a fixture to hold the cylinder for drilling the 1.25” drawer hole. After that it was back onto the lathe for turning.

The wings were made by creating a 3-ply plywood out of hard maple and black walnut. Their size meant I had to resaw the maple and walnut and book match the pieces to create a large enough panel. The finished panels were around 3/8” thick. Once the wing blanks were all glued up and dried I cut them to shape. I made a wing routing fixture using 1/4” thick baltic birch. I set the depth of the 1/4” upcut spiral router bit to cut just through the maple ply exposing the black walnut below. I smoothed the areas out using card scrapers and sanding. I chamfered all the edges of the wings on the tablesaw. I went back to the lathe to turn the end caps for the wings.

The black walnut drawer front was turned to the correct diameter on the lathe. I cut it to a rough length and placed it into the body. I used rasps to shape it and make the curves blend into the body. The drawer was made from curly maple and I used birch dowels to strengthen the joints. It is lined with black velvet. There is a small dowel on the back that protrudes out of the back of the body through a tiny hole. You push on the dowel to slide the drawer out.

The TIE Fighter box is 8” x 7.5” x 9.375”. It was finished with four soakings of Danish Oil. The body got waxed twice with the final one being a satin wax. The drawer got waxed twice with a high gloss wax.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!





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#1 posted 06-13-2017 12:40 PM

You have and incredible imagination Jeff, Beautiful.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 06-13-2017 12:42 PM

very cool design. You have learned your craft well Padawan

-- you may only live once, but if you do it right that's all you need katanadesign.com

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#3 posted 06-13-2017 12:43 PM

Brilliant Jeff! You do great work.

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#4 posted 06-13-2017 02:15 PM

Ha. That is so cute.
You never cease to amaze me.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 06-13-2017 02:25 PM

Very cool.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 06-13-2017 02:41 PM

Very cool Jeff…I love this. Great idea and well executed!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#7 posted 06-13-2017 02:46 PM

The Force is with you Jeff. The Dark side that is.

-- "what a ya mean I don't believe in god, I talk to him every day.” Dave Mustiane.

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#8 posted 06-13-2017 02:48 PM

Very cool

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#9 posted 06-13-2017 02:48 PM

That is so cool. You didn’t tell us if it won a prize/ribbon.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#10 posted 06-13-2017 02:53 PM

” I made a wing routing fixture using 1/4” thick baltic birch. I set the depth of the 1/4” upcut spiral router bit to cut just through the maple ply exposing the black walnut below. I smoothed the areas out using card scrapers and sanding. I chamfered all the edges of the wings on the tablesaw. I went back to the lathe to turn the end caps for the wings.”

Dam Dude. You really have sold your soul to the darkside.

-- "what a ya mean I don't believe in god, I talk to him every day.” Dave Mustiane.

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#11 posted 06-13-2017 03:10 PM

Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 06-13-2017 05:54 PM

Thank you everyone! This was definitely a fun box to design and create. Some great Star Wars references in there. I designed an Advanced TIE x1 also…might have to make it for next May.

I certainly have GoodwithWood!

I’ve learned from some good Jedi’s Bibb!

Dennis…always nice getting a complement coming from someone of your talents.

Tyvekboy…the prize was my box was one of the few pieces that sold…and it sold before the exhibit even started!

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#13 posted 06-13-2017 06:32 PM

Excellent work Jeff, I haven’t been able to keep up on LJ for a long time now, but I see your still making great stuff. Keep it up.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#14 posted 06-13-2017 06:39 PM

Great piece Jeff, keep up the good work.

-- Jim, Minnesota

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#15 posted 06-13-2017 08:19 PM

Really unique box as always, I love your work.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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