Poinsettia Experiment Box

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Project by DonW posted 07-26-2010 02:09 AM 1406 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call this an “experiment box” because that is exactly what it started out to be; an experiment.

I wanted to try making finger joints. I had purchased a jig that I had never used. I set it up, took some scrap pine out of the wood bin and gave it a try. They turned out fitting pretty well (just don’t look too closely) so I trimmed the boards into dimensions I could use to make a box.

I cut panels for the top and bottom but decided I didn’t want just a flat top. So I tried chamfering the edges of the top. I kind of liked that but the top was till too plain. So I used a pattern by Kathy Wise and segmented a poinsettia into the top panel. A little sanding and some dremel work later, I kind of liked that …

I really wanted a true red for the box so I decided to try a water-based stain that I found at a local woodworking dealer. That turned out pretty nicely so I decided to try some forest green gell stain for the green top. Well, that went …well, so I invested in a little hardware.

Several experiments later … it turned out Ok. Just don’t look too closely …



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#1 posted 07-26-2010 02:14 AM

A great eye catcher Don.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 07-26-2010 02:31 AM

This came out really nice.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 07-26-2010 02:35 AM

Super box Don

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 07-26-2010 02:52 AM

so many firsts here ,

and very well done ,

let’s see more ,

you have a nice style .

i like !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 07-26-2010 07:41 AM

Looks great, That flower is just beggiing to be the lock or latch ;-)

-- 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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#6 posted 07-26-2010 10:53 AM

For a experiment box. It came out real nice I would say. I wish my experiments came out that good.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#7 posted 07-26-2010 03:17 PM

Great idea and a great looking box!

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#8 posted 07-27-2010 03:09 AM

TopamaxSurvivor: Hey, I like the way you think! What an intriguing idea.



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#9 posted 07-27-2010 09:12 PM

a local lumberjock! i saw this piece a newsletter sent to me by pete, great job! looks good :)

-- The hard work won't take too long, the impossible will take a little longer

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