holiday presents #1 - Cherry and Black Walnut box

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Project by moshel posted 09-24-2010 04:12 AM 2432 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I suddenly realized that I am traveling next week to meet the family! and my sister asked for a box!!!
I have been procrastinating making it for a long while, as I never made a “big” box before.
so, before i could find an excuse, I grabbed two boards that were about the right size and started working.
the “body” board had something weird written on it, and I couldn’t remember where I got it from. It turned out to be curly Cherry. very pretty but it came out of the planer/thicknesser looking like a war victim, with deep tearouts around the curly area. I “planed” it on the tablesaw and removed tool marks with scraper.
cut the walnut into two, bookmatched and glued. cut the grooves for the top and bottom and another groove halfway for the lip (britboxmaker trick). sawstop and the incra mitre guide did a very good job at accurately cutting the sides. cut the walnut to size on the saw with 45 degrees, cut some 3mm plywood for the bottom, some blue tape, some titebond II and it was glued.
cut the lip from the other side, just below the other groove so you get rabbet on the inside on the lid, rabbet on the outside on the body, sanded lightly, slapped some Danish oil (BLO, Poly, terps) on it and voila! ready to go.

naturally, it has some mistakes, but nothing my sister will notice. the shape is too “square” – I should have rounded/chamfered the lid. anyway, i am pleased and I am sure my sister will be. all in all took under 4 hours to make.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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Craig Ambrose

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#1 posted 09-24-2010 04:51 AM

For four hours, it looks pretty damn good to me. :)

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#2 posted 09-24-2010 05:04 AM

Curly cherry makes it very beautiful and a unique piece.

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#3 posted 09-24-2010 05:36 AM

looks good to me , moshel

beautiful woods

and congrats on making a ‘big’ box

and all you have learned with it

-- 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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robert triplett

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#4 posted 09-24-2010 07:01 AM

Nice box. For a first, you did good. Hard to beat walnut and cherry. I haven’t tried that technique for the lip. It looks nice. I checked out your projects and I saw some nice work. YACB was sweet.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#5 posted 09-24-2010 07:11 AM

looks good

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#6 posted 09-24-2010 08:08 AM

Craig, thats the magic of power tools! and deadline!!!!! and adrenaline!
Sometimes, everything works just right. not often, but sometimes…. magic moments where the cuts are good, the sizes match, the glueline align…. sometimes I think that the less thought you put into it, the better it works.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#7 posted 09-24-2010 08:19 AM

oh, she’s going to like that!
Sometimes it’s best not to fuss too much and just get ‘er done..

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#8 posted 09-24-2010 12:00 PM

Nice job she will love it I’m sure.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 09-24-2010 01:06 PM

Beautiful little box, you will have a so happy sister.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#10 posted 09-24-2010 01:09 PM

thanks everybody! I forgot to include dimensions – its 250mm x 150mm x 150mm

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#11 posted 09-24-2010 02:17 PM

Great job!! Like the design, nice choice of woods.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#12 posted 09-24-2010 09:12 PM

Fine Looking Box, my Friend!! And fast too!!
Sis will be pleased…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#13 posted 09-25-2010 12:20 AM

Lovely box! I’m looking forward to the day when I have some boards hanging around that are as beautiful as that and that I have completely forgotten about. The pleasure of rediscovery! The way my memory is going it won’t be long.

-- Dave, Christchurch NZ

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