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Project by LittleBlackDuck posted 07-28-2017 01:06 PM 1523 views 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is going to be a short project description as I wore out my keyboard writing about my [ 17 yo ark ] (this is a legitimate Duck link).

There has been so many great box postings, I couldn’t resist jumping on the bandwagon and sneaking in my simple attempt at box making. A glass or two of vino assisted the leap.

The design is very basic, however, the inlays give it a slightly different result.

This was a request by a friend for a present just recently. Nothing fancy in the material… pine and jarrah.

The name was cut out using my laser (box lid and base 1/4” thick). I buggered up the first attempt (forgot to mirror the letters in the correct orientation) and when assembled the reverse side looked much better than the presentation side. I decided to turn that into the bottom to give the illusion that the lettering goes through the box. Close one eye, have a glass of vino and with some hard imagination, you may get my drift.

The sides were dovetailed,

and the tray was made out of jarrah using finger joints,

The inside was flocked (and I don’t mean it was snafu’ed). Finished with 3 barrel hinges, a gold clasp, a few layers of tung oil and varnish and we had a reasonable looking gift.

The beauty of the laser is that I could cut out the fine Old English lettering and hammer it home without any breakage. Unfortunately the photos do not give the contrasting timber letters justice.

The inlaid letters were cut .02mm wider than the recipient to compensate for the kerf of the laser. The letters were cut in a mirror fashion so that seating would appear seamless.

I just hope that this may give some other laser owners a few ideas. I used CorelDraw to design the text and “print” to the laser.

As always, if you’re not into boxes or lasers, don’t bother to read this article.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD





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Dutchy

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#1 posted 07-28-2017 03:27 PM

I have read the article and when I was finished I saw it wasn’t necessary. How unfortunate.

Very nice box and indeed the inlay makes it special.

-- https://dutchypatterns.com/

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Redoak49

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#2 posted 07-28-2017 04:09 PM

Great job…love the inlay lettering.

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 07-28-2017 05:30 PM

These boxes are so nice. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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woodshaver Tony C

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#4 posted 07-28-2017 06:20 PM

Nice Box and I really like the laser lettering work; you make me want a new toy! But not in my budget! :(

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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Desert_Woodworker

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#5 posted 07-29-2017 02:02 AM

Kudo’s fine woodworking with technology….

-- Desert_Woodworker

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LittleBlackDuck

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#6 posted 07-29-2017 02:34 AM


..... I really like the laser lettering work; you make me want a new toy! But not in my budget! :(

- woodshaver Tony C


Thanks w’s’TC, Looking at your past projects you have the expertise. Lasers, like 3D printers and CNCs are well in the scope of people not afraid of electronics and stepper motors. A few more steel rods and it surprising how cheap one can be fabricated in the workshop. There are heaps of plans and how tos.
Unfortunately, me and electricity don’t mix… I freak out from the static when I comb my hair with a nylon gizmo (while I still can).

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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oldnovice

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#7 posted 07-29-2017 03:50 AM

I really like the form factor and finish!
Nice project!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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oldbob13

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#8 posted 07-29-2017 04:05 AM

Hi LBD
There are no errors in woodworking just design changes.
BobT

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LittleBlackDuck

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#9 posted 07-29-2017 06:23 AM



Hi LBD
There are no errors in woodworking just design changes.
BobT

- oldbob13


Thanks B’T. Nevertheles,s I was fortunate that the design change fitted in and was in sync with my story.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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robscastle

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#10 posted 07-29-2017 07:01 AM

Humm very impressive.
10 outta 10 LBD

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#11 posted 07-29-2017 09:44 AM

Boys and Girls, In reply to the thousands of PMs (actually one and a hint at one) request for more detail the lettering,

Start by inserting (hammering home) the contrasting inlay,

The cut-outs from the original base were kept as they were required to fill in the holes in the Jarrah letters. At times they had to be re-cut due to the voracious appetite of my vacuum cleaned for small letter parts. And yes, some of the letters broke along weak grain lines, however, with the laser it was fairly easy to re-cut that one letter… and preferably in the same font.

A fair indication of the join between the base and letters.
.

PS. Stunt doubles were used for these posed pictures so don’t expect similarities with the pictures in the original post.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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crowie

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#12 posted 07-29-2017 11:59 AM

Your talents and abilities never cease to amaze Ducky…

the box is nice but the lazer inlay is brilliant; you certainly ain’t no Daffy Duck…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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robscastle

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#13 posted 07-30-2017 08:04 AM

Very neat and precise work there LBD
Have you done a review on the laser yet? (ignore read below)

-- Regards Rob

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robscastle

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#14 posted 07-30-2017 08:27 AM

I climbed in your workshop looking for your laser but could not find it, tripped over heaps of tools and stuff though.
Found some sort of Dr Who Transporter I wasnt game to try it out though, maybe its some sort of 88 MPH version as I spotted a 110V tool as well very odd I must say. Saw some 3D Printed dust collectors so I clambered about some more got tangled up in shock cords but could not find a 3D printer, so went looking for a New Nova Drill, my god there is some gear in here, still couldnt see anything I was looking for, checked the fridge out for booze, managed to glue my fingers together, but again nothing, heard some strange noises upstairs stepped back suddenly and trod on some white thing on the floor, some tools started up so I scuttled.

-- Regards Rob

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LittleBlackDuck

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#15 posted 07-30-2017 09:55 AM


.... I climbed in your workshop looking for your laser but could not find it, ....

- robscastle


To think that when the alarm tripped I thought it was those blasted possums in spelunker gear invading my basement workshop, seeing as I have banished then from my roofline (still working on them there birds). You did well to bypass the electronic combination lock as I could never remember the combination and always keep leaving the key-card behind.

Looks like my other ploy worked. I have replaced my old drill press with the Nova, however, I managed to deftly place a cardboard cut-out of the old drill in front of the Nova to fool any potential pilferers.

Mye laser must be a bit of a sissy as it resides in the comforts of one of the bedrooms inside the house. When I purchased the laser with the intention of setting up my daughter in a business, after I found out what they could do, I pulled out all stops to making it user friendly and purchased a high end filter for it rather than a dust extractor. Consequently the operation was quiet and with the efficient filtering system, it managed to comfortably take up residence inside the house.

The two main reasons why I haven’t written a review on the laser.
1. For some reason, I hate writing blogs and a laser review does not fit into LJ’s definition of a “project”’s criteria.
2. Laser work is not “woodworking proper”, and while my first project post was on the use of the laser, it was in response to a direct request regarding example of laser work I have done, not necessarily the benefits of it.

However, with the growing popularity of CNC (and somewhat laser) I could just about be spurred on to write a blog/project on the use of “Lasers use in Woodworking” in general, as opposed to a review of my specific laser.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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