Birthday box

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Project by hairy posted 02-28-2018 03:49 PM 408 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a fun little piece. It had a few challenges, but that’s what makes it interesting.

I found out that I need to use a brad point bit to drill this way. I used a regular 1/8” bit here, and it skated on me. That won’t happen again.

I only had to make 3 jigs, and modify another. I’m calling that good. 2 are generic that will come in handy a lot.

A small bandsaw crosscut sled,

and a round workpiece holder for the drillpress.

I’m not the best at turning a sphere, so I cheated.

It actually fits better , I had the jig in 1 hand and a camera in the other.

I spent way more than 1 hour setting this up, and maybe 1 minute to drill all 4 holes.

I wouldn’t mind keeping it. I like having company when I’m working.

10” tall x 5” diameter x 6 & 1/2 ” across.

Basswood body, maple arms and legs, push pin eyes. 1/8” brass rod antennae.

Rattle can finish, Rustoleum Flourescent green and Minwax lacquer.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#1 posted 02-28-2018 03:58 PM

This is awesome, nice job!

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#2 posted 02-28-2018 06:48 PM

You have to name it. Definitely some ingenuity and creative approaches to figuring it. I like it.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 02-28-2018 07:35 PM

I like this little guy, he gave me a smile. I agree, you should give him a name.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 02-28-2018 11:25 PM

Nice set of how you did it pics. The result is awesome!

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#5 posted 03-01-2018 12:09 AM

Now that is nice. Well done!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#6 posted 03-01-2018 01:39 AM

Nice project and it’s a lot bigger than I first thought.

-- Learn More About Making Wooden Models. An Index Of My Model making Blogs.

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#7 posted 03-01-2018 03:01 AM


-- My reality check bounced...

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#8 posted 03-01-2018 10:11 AM

Funny little guy. Amaizing and very demanding and complicated process.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 03-02-2018 02:17 AM

Fun project.

-- Rick M,

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#10 posted 03-02-2018 05:09 AM

Nice project, got to keep this in mind for one of my future ones!
You really nailed this Android even down to the color.

Do you have the dimensions as the proportions you used look perfect!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 03-02-2018 01:59 PM

Do you have the dimensions as the proportions you used look perfect!

- oldnovice

Thanks! I downloaded several pics at different angles for reference. To get the dimensions and proportions, I just sat down with the pics and a set of dividers to get the relationship in size of the different parts.

I had a 5”x 5” x 24” length spindle blank of kiln dried basswood. It’s perfect for jobs like this. I started with a 10” long piece, that was enough for the head and body, with enough left over to hold in a chuck on each end.

I used the 1/3 – 2/3 ratio for the head and body. That’s usually what I use for turned boxes, and in this case it matched what I got from the original. I made those proportions fit the piece I had to work with. So that left 2 and 1/2” for the top x 5” for the body. Using this formula, the width of the stock dictated the rest of the proportions.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#12 posted 03-03-2018 01:47 AM

Good Project Hairy.

The Progress Photos were also well presented.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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