Weather Station in a Box

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Project by ChrisBabayco posted 12-26-2007 10:07 AM 2571 views 12 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally posting my first project! I made this for my Dad, who is a bit of a weather junkie, for Christmas. The idea was to make two boxes, one of which would rotate inside of the other to allow the instruments to be both protected and hidden (although really I just thought that it would be a fun idea to try, and it was).

All of the sides of the boxes are mahogany and birdseye maple, while the top and bottom (in the closed position) were made out of curly maple. The inside face (supporting the instruments) is also birdseye maple. All of the miters are keyed with cocobolo (and thank you to all of the fellow LJs out there that helped me understand the difference between keys and splines) and a brass rod acts as the pivot for the inner box. The final size (for the outer box) was 12” x 3 1/2” x 5 1/2”. It was finished with several coats of clear Danish Oil and was a lot of fun to design and build.

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#1 posted 12-26-2007 10:41 AM

hey chris nice work your dad will charish it forever im sure keep it up

-- I buy tools so i can make more money,so ican buy more tools so I can work more, to make more money, so I can buy more tool, so I can work more

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#2 posted 12-26-2007 11:32 AM

Great project. Dad must have been pleased. I like your design and splined miters.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 12-26-2007 11:46 AM

Very nice. The splines set it off nicely.

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#4 posted 12-26-2007 03:12 PM

very cool design ! i love this idea , great work and congrats on your first project post . well done

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#5 posted 12-26-2007 03:27 PM

Very nice looking and great design..

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#6 posted 12-26-2007 05:43 PM

This is nice. Weather instruments are really cool. I’ve got a few myself. Nice work!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#7 posted 12-26-2007 06:24 PM

Very nice, love that wood.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#8 posted 12-26-2007 07:23 PM

Pretty darn good for a first project and a really nice gift.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#9 posted 12-26-2007 09:21 PM

Nice work. I like the box in a box creation. An interesting idea for a weather station. I have been wanting to make one for awhile, now I have another idea for one.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#10 posted 12-26-2007 09:28 PM

Nice job. A great weather station.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#11 posted 12-26-2007 09:36 PM

Ahhh…now that’s a good idea. I like the idea of a weather station but never wanted to give someone three holes bored in a piece of wood. This is something special. Thanks for posting it!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#12 posted 12-27-2007 02:43 AM

That’s an awsome design! Can’t believe that’s your first project, though. Really? Ok, wow. Very unique. I have always been interested in weather and weather instruments as well, and have thought about making a “weather station,” but the convential style is pretty boring (wall hanging style).

Great job of “thinking inside the box!” I look foreward to your future designs and projects.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#13 posted 12-27-2007 04:15 AM

Thank you all! Blake- I realize now that I wasn’t clear, it is my first posted project, and at some point I will get it together enough to get some of my others up onto the website.

Again thank you all for your comments.

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#14 posted 01-07-2008 11:33 AM

Nice design, nice job.

-- Jiri

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#15 posted 01-07-2008 11:59 AM

Nery nice! Great concept.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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