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Project by americancanuck posted 1103 days ago 1426 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When my sister-in-law asked me to make boxes for jams and jellies that she makes and gives as gifts I said sure. Even when she told me she needed 8 of them I was undaunted. What I should have remembered (after a 40 year stint as a machinist) is how boreing production work can really be. Oh well, it did manage to use up a lot of the reclaimed material that I have in the shop and the pratice is something I can surely use.





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Bradford

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#1 posted 1103 days ago

Very cool way of presenting your gifts. (simple suggestion…fill gaps in joints with wood putty or make your own with sawdust from the project mixed with glue) :)

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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americancanuck

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#2 posted 1102 days ago

On most of my projects that are not going to be stained I fill the small gaps with bees wax. very nice to work with and becomes almost invisibable. I have tried putty and glue sawdust and have never been very happy with the results. What I should do is to work harder to make sure that there are no gaps. hahaha

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itsmic

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#3 posted 1077 days ago

Good project boxes, Very kind gesture to Your sister-in-law, and I am sure they will enhanced the gifts. Yes, the gaps, no one has every set of boxes turn out with perfection, they still will serve a good purpose. I have never tried bees wax, that is interesting, yes the saw dust and wood glue works, but then does not take stain well, and is noticeable, saving a box and finding the right cosmetic correction for flaws is an art in itself, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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Gene Howe

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#4 posted 1077 days ago

It’s a little messy but, I use tinted epoxy or epoxy mixed with sanding dust. Usually stain first, match the filler as close as possible by staining the dust. Apply, sand and add a second coat of stain.
The dust absorbs the stain very well so it’s usually darker than needed, so I mix unstained dust with it (a trial and error process) before stirring it into the epoxy.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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