My Sister Is At It Again!

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Project by lew posted 10-23-2017 02:53 PM 1211 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sister continues her attempts to make sure I get to heaven- Fat Chance! This one is a Tithe Box and shelf for the minister at the church she attends.

The box is made from 1/2” birch and walnut. Hand cut dovetails. Top and bottom are tongue and grooved onto the sides. The hardware is a half mortised lock and a 110° stopped piano hinge. The shelf is 3/4” birch plywood trimmed with shop made walnut edging to match previously made items. The brackets are walnut.

The minister has a member of the congregation do the finishing on the projects but I just had to see what the walnut top/bottom was going to look like. It was a piece of really figured walnut I was saving for a special project. Mineral oil really brought out its’ beauty.

Thanks for looking!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#1 posted 10-23-2017 03:05 PM

WOW Lew , that top is fabulous ….what awesome figure in it ….GREAT JOB :<))


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Richard Campbell

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#2 posted 10-23-2017 03:21 PM

Wow, awesome item
best wood lathe

-- Richard Campbell,

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 10-23-2017 03:51 PM

Looks great, Lew…............cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 10-23-2017 04:44 PM

Absolutely beautiful. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 10-23-2017 05:44 PM

did you install the black hole in the box where all the money disappears into?

-- “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” ― George Orwell

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#6 posted 10-23-2017 06:01 PM

WOW Lew , that top is fabulous ….what awesome figure in it ….GREAT JOB :<))



-- SAWDUST is THERAPY without a couch! just rjR

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#7 posted 10-24-2017 01:12 AM

A real beauty Lew.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#8 posted 10-24-2017 02:16 AM

Real nice job Lew!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#9 posted 10-24-2017 03:05 AM

Lew a work of art. No one will ever know that you painted the top.


-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 10-24-2017 03:21 AM

Lew, The walnut is outstanding as is your work! Thanks for sharing


-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#11 posted 10-24-2017 07:16 AM

Beautiful work with beautiful materials Lew. Hmmm… Do you get a percentage? ;)
I’m sure that Rick_M will like this too, and tell you . . . “Those dovetails are tight and the flaming walnut is beautiful. This is well built.”

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#12 posted 10-24-2017 02:57 PM

Wowsy Walnut, Lew…

Hand cutting dovetails means you are already doing penance, so for you, heaven is a cinch.

Just got through refinishing 4 chairs, 2 end tables, and a coffee table for my handicapped daughter’s house. That felt more like doing hard labor than anything else, so I am probably already in hell.

...and I made a cheap pine dining room table to complete my punishment. That I will post, although it is nothing special. I think I am about 5 projects behind in the posting category… (-:

Little snow on the ground here already, rats…

Happy Halloween… while I am thinking about it…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#13 posted 10-24-2017 03:02 PM

Tony- Thank You!

Richard- Thanks!

Jim- Thanks!

Hoss- Thank You!

Richard- Thanks! No but someone suggested I install a debit card chip reader!

RJR- Thanks!

Bill- Thank You!

John- Thank You!

Karson- Thanks!

Chuck- Thanks! I was surprised just how nice that grain was after I hit it with mineral spirits.

John- Thank You! Percentage? Probably not :^)

Jim- Thank You! I was typing while you were posting. Refinishing (or finishing for that matter) is not something I’m good at and making tables is no easy feat! My tables always seem to have one leg that’s not done growing. No snow here yet but the leaves are all colored up.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#14 posted 10-25-2017 03:08 AM

Those dovetails are tight and the flaming walnut is beautiful. This is well built.


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#15 posted 10-25-2017 01:46 PM

Thank You, Rick!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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