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Project by newTim posted 1435 days ago 1758 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mahogany box with maple pull, cedar ply bottom, and a copper patina top from a piece left over from a garden gate. The sides were cut from a single piece that was resawed then wrapped for grain matching. The legs were formed by cutting away the middle sections with a dado set. It is finished with several coats of clear lacquer; satin over gloss. I will rub on a coat of Renaissance wax when it cures. This is the first time I used Soss hinges and made a template to guide the router. I plan to do a blog on my experience (struggles) with various hinges. I also plan to add a couple of small trays. The maple pull was interted into a mortise cut with the Mortise Pal making it a very easy process.

-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com





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dakremer

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#1 posted 1435 days ago

sweet box – the copper looks great!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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Kindlingmaker

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#2 posted 1435 days ago

A beautiful job! The woods are perfect!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Splinterman

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#3 posted 1435 days ago

Hey Tim,
Nice design and finish…good job.

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TJ65

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#4 posted 1435 days ago

nice box.
A blog about the hassles with installing hinges- wonderful idea.
look forward in reading about it.

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

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Flemming

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#5 posted 1435 days ago

cool box, i like the copper top especially much :)

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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SPalm

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#6 posted 1434 days ago

Very nice. I like it.
Yes I would like to hear about your experiences with hinges. Always a frustrating process for me.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Ethan Sincox

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#7 posted 1434 days ago

Great design idea with the lid, Tim.

You might want to consider adding a bit more to the inside to finish it off. Maybe a lining of some sort? Trying to find felt that didn’t clash with the lid would be a challenge.

You might have better luck going to a fabric store and buying a few yards of various colors of suede cloth, though. I prefer it over felt 10 times out of 10. I don’t use real suede in my boxes because the tanning chemicals can make silver tarnish faster. Plus, suede cloth is much less expensive, easier to work, and comes in a larger variety of colors.

Doesn’t even have to be a permanent installation. Cut a piece of poster board to pretty much exactly the size of your interior, spray one side of it with spray adhesive (I use 3M with good results – just be sure to build a small spray box out of cardboard if you don’t want sticky adhesive everywhere) and place it sticky-side down on the non-show side of the fabric.

Cut the fabric about a 1/2” wider than the poster board and then cut off the four corners. I use thin double-sided tape to hold the four flaps down on the back of the poster board. Then just press the assembled bottom into place for a friction fit. If it ever needs to be removed, you can easily do so with a thin bladed knife. Or you could even drill a very small hole in the bottom of the box to push a piece of metal through to pop up the lining from below.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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dustyal

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#8 posted 1434 days ago

Well done. Beautiful combination of material and finish work. I too would enjoy any blog on hinges… I need to try the resaw approach to the box sides for matching grain. I have the procedure, but not the experience. I’ll have to use table saw since I don’t have band saw.

The legs on this piece are exceptionally nice. Eloquent balance.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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rowdy

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#9 posted 1434 days ago

The copper top is a nice touch. Good idea.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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Box

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#10 posted 1434 days ago

Nice looking box Tim. The copper top really adds a nice appearance. I have used the same soss hinges are they can get tricky. I fing the soss barrel hinges are very good and much easier to install.

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shopmania

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#11 posted 1434 days ago

Really nice looking box, great job! Love the way you wrapped the grain, and sweet hinges. I like your idea of a blog of your hinge experiences.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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webwood

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#12 posted 1434 days ago

copper top is cool – nice touch

-- -erik & christy-

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a1Jim

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#13 posted 1434 days ago

Nice box well done

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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whitedog

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#14 posted 1434 days ago

I love the copper on top. I’ve been playing with copper lately but haven’t come up with a patina anywhere near that.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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ND2ELK

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#15 posted 1434 days ago

Beautiful box. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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