Project for the HS Football Team - Finally completed!

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Project by DrDirt posted 12-03-2010 04:59 AM 2160 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Neat project – some pay but mostly volunteer time.

Well I got the box lids back laser engraved and the letters painted, did all the hinge mortising and had to reshoot the tops with laquer. The engraver painted in the pattern once burned, I don’t really like the paint, but it isn’t my call – the parents wanted contrast and in the burgundy school color.

THere are two mustang designs, the block horse is the ‘official letterhead’ mascot, while the more artistic outline of the running mustang was drawn by one of the graduating students. About 1/3 of the boxes have the running mustang the rest stuck with the more ‘official’ design.

One thing is certain is that when you get a bunch of boxes, you use all possible horizontal surfaces when finishing.

These are boxes for the graduating seniors at Salina Central High School.
Boxes are 9 by 11 and 3 1/2 inches high. Wood is Jatoba and Maple.

The cordovan color comes from the stain I had to use to get the wood closer to the school colors, which was not the original plan when woods were selected…but the customer is still right!

My Challenge is to make 28 of these…all close to the same. The maple is resawn so that the grain will match going around the corners of the boxes.

The lids right now are at a trophy shop as they will laser engrave the tops with the Mascot (a mustang) the player name and jersey number and graduation year.

I will pop in the final pics when I get the lids back and update the project.
I did this job for 40 dollars a box including materials but horizontal space during finishing is at a premium.

Finish is waterlox to pop the grain the spray on several coats of deft brushing lacquer with a gravity feed HVLP gun. (New toy from Harbor Freight)

-- I don't trust trees. They're kinda shady

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#1 posted 12-03-2010 06:24 AM

That is very creative. Are you sick of the project yet? :) I cut out all of the rails and styles for 58 kitchen cabinet doors once. Each door had 4 raised panels. By the time I got all of them completed. I was sick to death of the whole project.

I think the boxes will be much appreciated.

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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#2 posted 12-03-2010 06:36 AM

Yeah Michael – it has gotten a bit old,especially with all the surfaces …inside lid, then top, outsid box, bottom box and inside + drying time

Having to stain the panels really set me back, because then I needed some shellac to ensure the cordovan stain wouldn’t bleed onto the nice light maple.

I will still have to put the hinges and lock on the box when I get them back from the engraver.

Usually there are only 15 or so graduating seniors. Another parent used to do this but his kids have graduated last year. So one of the mom’s knew I had a shop and approached me to do this.

Next year…...Maybe I won’t remember the downside by then :-)

-- I don't trust trees. They're kinda shady

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#3 posted 12-03-2010 07:03 AM

Thank God a woodworker’s memory is short. The next time someone asks me to do a job I said I would never do again, I hear myself say “you bet—no problem!”

The kids are lucky to have you to create something like this.

-- ShopDogs, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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Jamie Speirs

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#4 posted 12-03-2010 12:47 PM

Cant beat a good production run.
They look great as well.
I’m sure you will be making them for many years so dont throw out the jigs.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#5 posted 12-03-2010 08:22 PM

Wow, that is quite a project to undertake. They look great. I look forward to seeing pics when they’re engraved and finished. Nice work.

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#6 posted 12-04-2010 04:23 AM

I am sure the guys will really like these. Very nice thing you are doing.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 01-06-2011 07:44 AM

AHHH Done!

-- I don't trust trees. They're kinda shady

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