tiny walnut box. all hand tools.

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I found a walnut log in some firewood long ago and milled it down. I’m between projects, goofing off, sick of sharpening/restoring, and decided to make a tiny box for who knows what. No lid. Wormy chestnut bottom. No lid. No power tools at all.

Started with some little rectangular guys I flattened, thicknessed, and tenon sawed.

Laid out 1:8’s. I want to make the pins very tiny as a challenge.

cleared them out with the world’s smallest Butcher mortise lol.

Like an F student, I transferred them.

It’s not letting me upload images again.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#1 posted 09-17-2017 09:28 PM

Like Oprah, I trimmed the fat.

Decent fit but the wood is very dry and fragile. I’ll have accidents.

Mathieson’d the pin boards.

Darn stops on the tail boards.

Got the bottom thicknessed to fit the ploughed grooves.

Assemble with hide glue. No clamps or anything.

Danish oil.


Nothing life changing but now I have a little box that I didn’t have before.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Scott Oldre

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#2 posted 09-17-2017 09:40 PM

Little boxes have a habit of collecting little things. Love the story, and the box.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#3 posted 09-17-2017 09:45 PM

...and what a lovely little box it is too Al. I’m sure you will soon find a fitting use for it. Nice skills.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#4 posted 09-17-2017 11:16 PM

Job well done.
Love it.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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Ron Aylor

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#5 posted 09-17-2017 11:21 PM

AWESOME hand tool work! Now wasn’t that fun? A+ on the dovetails!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#6 posted 09-18-2017 12:16 AM

It would make a great little knock box. Do you drink espresso?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#7 posted 09-18-2017 01:04 AM

Ha! what a great idea! Thanks guys. It’s nice to pull out some tools and do some relaxing work.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 09-18-2017 01:42 AM

Nice build. Your box came out great. Congrats!

-- AJ, Long Island. New York

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#9 posted 09-18-2017 03:07 AM

Pretty nice little box! I have been trying to sharpen my D.T. skills but haven’t attempted them thin pins, have enough troubles keeping the layouts in order! I chop out all the waste Krenov style! Then I get distracted by the Lathe and turn a bowl, then remember I have to build a boot rack/shelve for the travel trailer then something else comes up?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#10 posted 09-18-2017 11:08 AM

Nice work on the dovetails!

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#11 posted 09-18-2017 11:20 AM

Andre, I’ve only recently started wasting with a saw. The fret saw is new and I’m trying to practice with it. The problem with the method is that you don’t have support under the chisel blow when you flip the board. I’m not good enough with the saw to take it to the baseline for a simple pare.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#12 posted 09-18-2017 01:46 PM

Beautiful tools on display here.
Nothing like relaxed shop time with fine hand tools.

What’s the story on that lil router?

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#13 posted 09-18-2017 01:47 PM

To paraphrase: Good things come from small boxes. Like lots of compliments on a great little box. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#14 posted 09-18-2017 02:08 PM

This is a very nice box and it displays a lot of nice craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#15 posted 09-18-2017 03:13 PM

Nice work and photos.

-- wood crafting & classes

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