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2018 box swap challenge

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Project by jeffswildwood posted 05-02-2018 12:33 AM 1065 views 3 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The box swap was almost over. Reveal day was less then a week away and Dave let me know one swapper, Hairy, was not going to get a box and asked for my help. I told him I have a box I started a bit back and would finish it, in one day! Wow, I really put a challenge on myself. But I went to work. Here is the start:

I had some poplar that I cut from a prior box, not wanting to waist I glued them together. I took a piece of 1/2 inch pine and rabbeted around the edges for a tight recessed fit. Next I cut some walnut strips to create an accent all at 22.5 degrees.

You can never have too many clamps right? Now I needed a lid. I had some spalted maple I had set back and a really nice piece of spalted walnut. Seemed like a good time to put them to use. I planed the maple back and trimmed the walnut. Then I placed a 45 degree camphor on the walnut. Next was to glue it up.

Rubber bands do make a nice clamp at times!

I almost made my one day challenge but I just ran out of steam. The next day was just put on hinges, sand and seal. A 50/50 mixture of gloss polyurethane and danish oil. Plus a little felt.

I really enjoyed helping out, and I’m really happy that Hairy liked it!

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





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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 05-02-2018 12:39 AM

It came out great, Jeff! Thanks again!

And I think you need two or three more clamps in that second-to-last photo. Kinda like this:

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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jeffswildwood

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#2 posted 05-02-2018 12:45 AM

Dave, now that is clamping!

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

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duckmilk

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#3 posted 05-02-2018 12:48 AM

Superb effort for you and Dave to get something together for Hairy in short order. You guys need something more than kudos for jobs well done! I am humbled.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 05-02-2018 12:48 AM

The plane had to sit on there to keep the clamps from tipping it off the bench. I had four more clamps, and another piece of banding, but decided I’d better take a break…

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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ralbuck

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#5 posted 05-02-2018 12:56 AM

Very neat.

Looks just fantastic.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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EarlS

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#6 posted 05-02-2018 01:05 AM

You can never have too many clamps. Jeff – great job pulling a second box out of the hat and a fine looking box it is too!!! Hat’s off to you and Dave and Kelley for all of the extra work to get Hairy a box or two or three. That is the kind of kindred spirit that makes LJ such a great place. Folks taking a minute to help out others without any big fuss or fanfare. Hope you are doing the mallet swap. I think I will make a couple extra just in case something like this should happen again.

Well Done!!!

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

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hairy

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#7 posted 05-02-2018 01:30 AM

That box will be featured in this house. Thanks so much. I couldn’t do that in a month, 1 day is amazing.

-- My reality check bounced...

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NormG

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#8 posted 05-02-2018 02:04 AM

Wonderful design

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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doubleDD

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#9 posted 05-02-2018 02:07 AM

Great effort to come up with that beautiful box in short time. The box is a real winner and so are all of you guys. You’re a good man Jeff.

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

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#10 posted 05-02-2018 02:13 AM

Beautiful work Jeff. I’m sure Hairy likes the box almost as much as he appreciates the way you went the extra mile for a fellow LJ!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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Jerry

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#11 posted 05-02-2018 02:14 AM

It’s a beauty for sure, nice going!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be. http://www.geraldlhunsucker.com/

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Mrowell

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#12 posted 05-02-2018 03:14 AM

Beautiful box! I love all the angles it incorporates! I would love to try something like this someday

-- Matt R

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#13 posted 05-02-2018 05:59 AM

Again great work on this wonderfull shape.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 05-02-2018 06:15 AM

Well done sir

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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jeffswildwood

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#15 posted 05-02-2018 12:55 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone. I was glad to help out. Plus I do so like to make boxes. This gave me a chance to make another one and have more fun!

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

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