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Project by americancanuck posted 04-13-2011 11:01 PM 2041 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.

-- Retired and lovin it

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#1 posted 04-14-2011 12:39 PM

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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#2 posted 04-14-2011 03:29 PM

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

-- Retired and lovin it

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#3 posted 05-09-2011 04:37 PM

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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#4 posted 05-09-2011 05:00 PM

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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