Tile Top Keepsake Box

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Project by CanalboatJim posted 01-27-2011 10:45 PM 2841 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was done from a Wood Magazine plan. The wood is quarter sawn white oak with red chestnut stain to complement the green tile. The tile was a vacation souvenir from a few years ago. Normally I like small fussy projects, but this turned out to be more difficult than I had expected. Some miss-reading of the plans led to errors that required some creative repairs, doubling the time the project should have taken. I guess that there is some truth in the saying “All’s well that ends well”.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#1 posted 01-27-2011 11:17 PM

One man’s error is another man’s (or woman’s) design opportunity. Nicely done.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#2 posted 01-27-2011 11:18 PM

Very nice. I don’t know why a retiree would time his projects. If my projects come together too quickly, I feel cheated. Up to a point, unexpected detours are bonuses.

-- Larry

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#3 posted 01-28-2011 12:16 AM

Looks nice. I like the look of the grain on the top.

Errors are just another form of artistic impression.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#4 posted 01-28-2011 01:49 AM

Great looking box. The tile is neat. Where were you on vacation at when you got it?

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 01-28-2011 02:09 AM

this box came out very nice.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#6 posted 01-28-2011 02:34 PM

Jim, I really like this box. Can I ask where you picked up the tile for the center of the lid?

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#7 posted 01-29-2011 01:43 AM


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#8 posted 01-29-2011 02:05 AM

Sharp looking box, looks strong with classy lines, nice craftsmanship.

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#9 posted 01-30-2011 06:24 AM

Jim this looks really good. The next 10 will go together a great deal easier than the first.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#10 posted 01-30-2011 07:11 PM

I like the finish—the QSO looks great. What brand of stain did you use, and what finish did you put over the stain? Whatever you did, the flecks and rays really stand out.

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#11 posted 01-30-2011 07:42 PM

You’ve set the ‘Error Bar’ pretty high there Jim. Looks great.

-- Dust to more Dust -

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#12 posted 01-30-2011 10:50 PM

UWMH, To answer your question, I used Varathane Red Chectnut penetrating stain. It’s the first time that I have used this brand, normally I prefer Old Masters. The paint store where I shop just started to carry this product and had some sample packs ( like ketchup packs ), so I tried several on some scrap, settling on the red chestnut. The finish is about six coats of minwax spray gloss poly, lightly sanded after the second coat. After it was thoroughly cured I knocked it back to a semi-gloss with 0000 steel wool. Finally I applied a coat of Old Masters paste wax using steel wool as the applicator.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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