Box for Grandma ... or ... mom, as it turns out.

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Project by NBeener posted 08-31-2010 06:44 PM 2152 views 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the one that didn’t get completed prior to my grandmother’s death.

It’s a gift for mom, now—something for her office desktop, and … to remind her of a woman that my whole family deeply loved.

Though my heart was certainly in it, I really didn’t do my best work.

The finger joints are imperfect, and … the darned handle … is a skosh off of parallel.

D’OH !

Ah, well. “The touch of the artist,” I figure—right ? ;-)

The Padauk and Soft Maple (if I remember correctly. Please let me know if I have that wrong) are all book matched, and finished with three coats of Watco Danish Oil, in “natural,” followed by a couple of coats of citrus paste wax (love the smell).

My most significant learning on this project: after you’ve practiced your finger joints in scrap lumber, and gotten it right … do a FEW MORE practice joints, in scrap, and THEN move on to the “expensive” and final lumber ;-)

Thanks to Sharon for telling me that long-grain to long-grain would glue up just fine. Cleaner. Simpler. Worked great.

Thanks, all.

-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 08-31-2010 07:00 PM

Oh, it looks great! I like the contrast in the wood colors, and the little “base” is a nice touch.

-- "The unexpected, when it happens, generally happens when you least expect it."

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#2 posted 08-31-2010 07:03 PM

Nice box, and wonderful story.
I am sure it will be loved by the (new) owner.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 08-31-2010 07:15 PM

Nice job.


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 08-31-2010 07:27 PM

Very nice Neil!

It looks great, the artist himself, is his worst critic.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#5 posted 08-31-2010 07:28 PM

I love padauk. Great looking box.

I’m sorry about your Grandma.

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

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#6 posted 08-31-2010 07:30 PM

Looks great, Neil.
Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
The wood combo is great!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#7 posted 08-31-2010 08:05 PM

what a beautiful box…you did a great job..for a guy who cant see to good, you got it right..heck that handle could have been at a 45 degree angle…and it still would look good…...ya dont have any cookies hiding there do ya…lol…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 08-31-2010 08:31 PM

great looking box neil

-- -erik & christy-

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#9 posted 08-31-2010 08:48 PM

came out real nice Neil! the top is awesome

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#10 posted 08-31-2010 09:34 PM

looks great , neil .

glad you are back at it again ,

hope things are good with you ,
and the family .

and your vision is improving !

-- 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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#11 posted 08-31-2010 10:15 PM

Thanks for sharing your story with us. Makes me feel better about some of my work but I don’t see any mistakes.

Great job

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#12 posted 09-01-2010 12:52 AM

Thats a really nice box Neil. Good choice of woods.

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#13 posted 09-01-2010 02:11 AM

Very, very beautiful. And a touching story too. I love “the touch of the artist”. It makes things very special.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#14 posted 09-01-2010 04:27 AM

Very nice looking box, beautiful finish!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#15 posted 09-01-2010 05:07 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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