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"Secrets" Puzzle Box

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Project by moonls posted 02-09-2011 10:24 PM 3072 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I became interested in making boxes, and after reading the book “Puzzle Boxes” by Jeff Vollmer, I practiced his techniques for a time. After upgrading my 14” Delta band saw with the Carter “stabilizer, I was better able to make the tight turns necessary to create this box following Jeff’s method and design. Using a 1/8” blade and a 4” X 6” block of straight-grained fir given to me by Ellen35, I cut all the pieces, glued it all together, sanded it, applied 2 coats of danish oil followed by 3 coats of a water-based polyurethane. The drawer bottoms are lined with felt.
It was a challenge to keep track of the orientation of the wood pieces, especially when cutting the smallest drawer. I plan to continue making these kind of boxes to improve my skill and one day design my own.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod





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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#1 posted 02-09-2011 10:45 PM

Really nice and very unique…

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpieceā€¦ because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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degoose

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#2 posted 02-09-2011 10:49 PM

Fabulous.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#3 posted 02-09-2011 11:05 PM

very nice !!!

-- Larry, North Carolina

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fernandoindia

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#4 posted 02-09-2011 11:16 PM

Estupendo.

A really challenging work Lorna. It also seems a challenge putting it together

-- Back home. Fernando

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58j35bonanza

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#5 posted 02-09-2011 11:52 PM

Just WOW!

-- Chuck

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Lenny

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#6 posted 02-10-2011 12:04 AM

You took on the challenge, went for it and got great results. Way to go Lorna. Best wishes as you continue this line of woodworking.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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S4S

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#7 posted 02-10-2011 12:43 AM

Do you what know what Truck Drivers say when they see another

trucker driving at night with NO headlights ON ?

” HE’S ON A ’ SECRET MISSION ’ !!! is that not funnnnny !

When i see the ‘word’..’secret’ in quotation marks ....Omg im still laughing….

“secret” is the punch line for many of life’s unintended consequences (jokes?)

After seeing this work , I believe you have the skills to start carving Manta reys ,

Instead of just providing excellent bases. If you are already a carver, or do not wish to carve,

please disregard the above . You do very nice work .

thankyou for cheering me up .

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MasterSergeant

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#8 posted 02-10-2011 12:45 AM

I can only dream of making such a piece, great job!

I am have a heck of a time getting my 16” Jet to do any kind of tight turns like you did!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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bigike

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#9 posted 02-10-2011 01:19 AM

very cool little box.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#10 posted 02-10-2011 01:46 AM

wow lorna that is quite the puzzle box..im really impressed with this…your band saw skills are up there…great job…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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littlecope

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#11 posted 02-10-2011 02:56 AM

Fantastic Work Lorna!! I Love It!!!
You have to be careful with boxes though… One is too many, and a hundred is not enough… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Hix

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#12 posted 02-10-2011 03:01 AM

Great Box! My son gave me that book for my birthday a couple of days ago. I can’t wait to try it out.

-- ---call me---- Mark

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ND2ELK

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#13 posted 02-10-2011 03:26 AM

Very impressive box. Outstanding job. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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ellen35

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#14 posted 02-10-2011 03:41 AM

Awesome little keeper of secrets! Every time I looked at it, there was another compartment!
This is truly a work of art, Lorna.
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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moonls

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#15 posted 02-10-2011 04:38 AM

Thanks everyone for your positive comments. I get a lot of ideas and inspiration from our LJ site!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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