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Project by robert triplett posted 1376 days ago 2291 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

An Aide at my school asked me to make a sewing ‘basket’ or box for her. She had bought one and it promptly fell apart. I got some details of what she wanted and this is the result. A straight forward box build with mitered corners and keys of Maple. The center keys extend into the box body to support a tray. I used some Redheart for the tray handle. I left the inside of the box unfinished, but did finish the tray which I thought might get lots of handling. The new thing for me was adding a handle. I used Watco Natural Danish Oil for the finish. Only two coats because the Cedar usually won’t take more and ever dry. It is 11”L x 7 1/2” W x 7”H.
She said she only does mending, not fancy sewing, so I did not add any thing to the tray like a pin cushion, etc.
While sanding the Cedar I was reminded that I need to get a respirator. My sinuses don’t like Cedar anymore!!
The good paper masks are not cutting it.
Thanks for looking
Robert

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!





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jim1953

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#1 posted 1376 days ago

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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Brit

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#2 posted 1376 days ago

Nice work Robert. Good idea extending the center keys to support the tray. I’ll have to remember that one.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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rivergirl

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#3 posted 1376 days ago

Lovely box. Mine sewing box is all broken too, so I know what she was talking about when she said hers fell apart. I just hope the cedar doesn’t smell up her thread. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Mark Scribner

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#4 posted 1376 days ago

Robert- I like this… What is the “official” term for those “joints” that I see on the sides?

-- Mark, Kansas

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robert triplett

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#5 posted 1376 days ago

Mark, they are called Miter Keys and reinforce the glued Miter corners.
rivergirl, I will give her a ‘refund’ if she doesn’t like the smell@
Robert

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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rivergirl

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#6 posted 1375 days ago

No worries Robert- she will keep that beautiful box and you will never hear a complaint. She may not be using it to store her thread- but I guarantee you ain’t getting it back. LOL

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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webwood

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#7 posted 1375 days ago

very nice – cool use of splines

-- -erik & christy-

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WoodenFrog

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#8 posted 1375 days ago

Very nice work! I love it!
I agree with Rivergirl your not gonna get this back.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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#9 posted 1087 days ago

That looks great and I can almost smell the fragrance from here !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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