2018 Spring Box Swap

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Project by TomGrin posted 05-02-2018 12:03 PM 440 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dave Polaschek ran a box swap this spring. He did a great job. There were 19 of us that joined in and made boxes to send to a fellow lumberjock. The first box is the one I shipped and the second is one I kept. I made three and sent the best one off. The box is walnut with maple inlay. the legs and lid are maple. I liked the way the birds mouth joints on the legs turned out. The lid had to be lift off due to the legs hitting the lid if a hinge was used. The second box is the same wood with General finish empire red dye stain applied. The legs are blue dye stain with a little black india ink mixed in. This was a fun box to build. Thanks again Dave for a great swap.

-- Lets make some sawdust. Tom

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#1 posted 05-02-2018 01:31 PM

Beautiful box, Tom!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#2 posted 05-02-2018 01:38 PM

Wonderful use of the wood colors and dyes. I like the design. Just great swap overall. I know your reciver is happy.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#3 posted 05-02-2018 03:17 PM


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#4 posted 05-02-2018 07:45 PM

Nice job Tom! Can you tell me how the birds mouth cuts were made in the legs? I can’t imagine how this was done or what if any the jig looked like. Thanks, I’d like to try this.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#5 posted 05-02-2018 08:27 PM

Very nice Tom! I now know a new way to do box corner/legs.

-- 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 05-02-2018 10:21 PM

Very nice, well done.

-- Regards, Charlie --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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#7 posted 05-02-2018 10:25 PM

I worried about the angle of the leg cut until I laid it out. The cuts are made on a 45 degree angle. I used a dado blade to get a flat bottom. I cut a long piece down both sides and cut them into smaller pieces for the final length.

-- Lets make some sawdust. Tom

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#8 posted 05-02-2018 11:04 PM

That is a VERY nice piece….GREAT Job !!

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

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#9 posted 05-02-2018 11:16 PM

Tom – great looking bow. The diagonal legs caught my eye. Now I know it’s a birds mouth joint. The contrasting wood selection and minimalist accent stripes look great. I hope you keep doing swaps and maybe one of these times I’ll be the lucky recipient.

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

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#10 posted 05-03-2018 12:52 PM

Nicely done Tom!!

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#11 posted 05-03-2018 03:11 PM

Beautiful box. Love the contrast between the maple and walnut. Nice design. Legs are very well done. Great job.

-- Dave Smith - If our phones fall, we panic. If our friends fall, we laugh.

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#12 posted 05-04-2018 04:46 AM

Another in a listing of really nice boxes. Awesome wood, used to the maximum. Love the birds mouth corners, nice work.

Thanks for sharing

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