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Project by Michael posted 03-09-2018 10:28 PM 895 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got the oak boards from a pallet and used poplar for the battens. I cut the oak dowels from the scraps. The dowels & battens are glued on.
I painted the outside with barn red milk paint. Put on two coats of tung oil and rubbed on Howard’s paste wax.

I usually use BLO on top of the milk paint, but wanted to try the tung oil. It’s definitely more shiny, but I had to apply it outside because of the fumes.

-- "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." John Muir





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Joe

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#1 posted 03-09-2018 11:19 PM

Wow, Nice Box, well build, great design. May I ask what you will use it for?

-- CurleyJoe, In Southern Indiana

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Kelster58

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#2 posted 03-10-2018 04:06 PM

That’s very nice….great design!!!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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Michael

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#3 posted 03-10-2018 09:29 PM

Curly Joe,
It’s just long enough to fit my #6 alongside a #4 and a block plane. I usually work in a small shop, but occasionally I bring a few tools to a project site. Mostly, I wanted to try to build a sturdy box without nails!

-- "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." John Muir

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 03-10-2018 09:57 PM

This is a beautiful box and so beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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therealSteveN

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#5 posted 03-11-2018 04:43 AM



Curly Joe,
It s just long enough to fit my #6 alongside a #4 and a block plane. I usually work in a small shop, but occasionally I bring a few tools to a project site. Mostly, I wanted to try to build a sturdy box without nails!

- Michael

So the dowels are your joinery? Really like that finish, what brand of milk paint?

-- Think safe, be safe

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majuvla

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#6 posted 03-11-2018 08:09 AM

Looks very beautiful to mee! I like rough, rustic design.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Michael

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#7 posted 03-11-2018 08:46 PM

I use Old Fashioned milk paint. I think they’ve been around for a while and can be found locally. There’s a big difference using BLO or tung oil in the sheen.

-- "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." John Muir

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woodrookieII

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#8 posted 03-17-2018 02:43 AM

Nice box, but I’m confused. (which is not an unusual state for me)

I’m familiar with a batten box in a sail, but not a wooden batten box. How did you come by calling it as such?

Thanks.

....rookieII

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Michael

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#9 posted 03-18-2018 03:34 PM

Rookiell, the battens are the smaller pieces of wood that hold the boards together in panels. Rather than gluing the edges of the boards together, I glued the boards to the battens. The dowels help with alignment during glue-up and are glued as well. Once I had the four panels made, I used the same process to join the panels together. The design is based on both the Japanese style toolbox and the English woodworker’s “Clinching and the Tool chest”. Rather than using nails, I used dowels. I’m unfamiliar with a batten box in sail, but I thought my title would help differentiate the way this box was built from other methods.

-- "When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." John Muir

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woodrookieII

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#10 posted 03-19-2018 09:59 PM

Thanks for the explanation!

....rookieII

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