My One Year In Project.... Cornerstone

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Its crazy how time flies when your busy making sawdust and enjoying good friends here on Lumber Jocks. This project was officially completed last week, but I was so close to my one year…. Well, I had to save it for the occasion. We all have had those projects where we where are like “Humm It’s Ok”. Then we have a project that we can see clearly progress in who we are in our shops. I personaly look at this piece as a big step for me as far as my work goes. My oh my…. what a wild, fun, and educational year it has been.

This was originally going to be a gun box for my Father In-Law, but it evolved into something else (it is still big enough to fit his Springfield 1911 if he so chooses). The main box is walnut, and the stones & lining are from a killer piece of curly maple that my bride helped me pick out. I remembered seeing a cabinet that had stone like pieces in it a while back. That made me think to make the center of the box have the feel of a stream or a creek running through using similar “Stones”. My big disappointment was not popping the grain on the maple to enhance the feel of water running over stones. We live and learn… I am definitely trying this again.

The rest is sort of cut and dry as far as lining the walls and the pain in the butt hinges. I really love these hinges, but let me tell you… “They Fought Me All The Way” The bottom is lined with a leather matched up from a local leather smith shop. I have a funny story about my new friends down at the leather shop I will have to share later. I finished the box out with 4 soaks of Danish oil, and a ton of hand buffed Renaissance wax.

I am going to wrap this one up with the reason I named the piece “Cornerstone”. I was in a pickle as to what to name this piece when I happen to see a documentary of sorts about cornerstones, and their structural importance. I reflected about who I was building this piece for…. My Father In-Law. I will have to say he is one of my biggest fans and supporters. When I felt I couldn’t cut a board straight to save my life he was telling everyone I could build anything. Every time he comes over we always have shop time to go over what all I have my hands in. He is truly interested, and cares about what I do, and how I do it. When most your friends think you are nuts for the countless hours in the shop, constant rambling about wood, etc…. It is good to have a “Cornerstone” of support. It is good to have people believe in you…..

Thanks for checking out my latest project, and reading my ramblings…..

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#1 posted 1344 days ago

That is superb. So many details, yet so simple looking. Perfect.
Good job on those hinges, someday I might try them.

Love the name. We should all try to be someone’s cornerstone.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 1344 days ago

Wonderful box! I like the lid idea – very creative. Nice story to go with it all. Congrats on your 1 year anniversary with LJ’s!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 1344 days ago

great story
and yes you are showing
signs of ‘getting it’ lol

happy LJ b’day !

-- 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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#4 posted 1344 days ago

Very nice! Congraulations on your 1 year here. Merry Christmas!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#5 posted 1344 days ago

Fantastic! I really like the top panel. It really stands out. Beautiful work!

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#6 posted 1344 days ago

Great box, I really like the “stone” look and that is some nice maple.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#7 posted 1344 days ago

All I can say is Beautiful.

-- Nick , North Carolina " If we trust in GOD he will never put us in a place where his graces will not protect us "

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#8 posted 1343 days ago

VERY nicely done!!! Love the top detail.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#9 posted 1343 days ago

Beautiful box Dan, love the “stones” and the added curly maple liner….... very nice design touch !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#10 posted 1343 days ago

So beautiful, and yes at least a year worth waiting for.
Wauuu, elegant, simple and exclusive.
All the best and the best of my thoughts,

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

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#11 posted 1343 days ago

Really COOL box.. story…

Happy LJ birthday… belated…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#12 posted 1343 days ago

Don’t be too self critical Dan. It’s gorgeous! I particularly like the contrasts and the thoughtful arrangement of grain…... But that said, ... I like it all.

Great work. Thanks for this.
Merry Christmas.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#13 posted 1343 days ago

Nice job!

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#14 posted 1343 days ago

you are becoming quite the box-maker man… Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours. keep on boxin

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#15 posted 1343 days ago

Isn’t it kinda ironic that you have a “boxer” (named Mike) and you are a “box maker”. Judging from the looks of this box, I can honestly say you have learned to cut a board straight. WOW! Great job brother!! Your father-in-law should be proud to have this box!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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