Boxes and mallet

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Project by 489tad posted 04-14-2011 05:35 PM 1819 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After doing a big/long tile job at the house I needed to get in the shop and have some fun. The boxes are for my wife and daughter. Barzilian cherry for the sides, walnut for the bottoms and keys and lace wood for the top. Finish is tung oil and wax. They came out ok. I learned a lot on how to make boxes.

Mallet started out from putting an edge back on my beater chisel. To try out the edge I ended up with a thru mortise in a piece of scrap walnut. Why not try and make a mallet? The handle is white oak. The head is walnut and babinga. Finish is a couple coats of wipe on poly. Mallet was made with hand tools and boy do I need practice with that. My son like it so its his.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#1 posted 04-14-2011 05:50 PM

Extremely nice, Dan. I’d say you can take the bag off your head now. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 04-14-2011 11:05 PM

boxes are vere nise , good job on the mallet i need one or two like it

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#3 posted 04-15-2011 12:13 AM

cool boxes and mallet

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 04-15-2011 05:33 AM

wonderful projects, super craftsmanship!

-- Smitty

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#5 posted 04-15-2011 02:20 PM

You guys are too kind. What the pictures don’t show is one box, the corners do not close tight. Thats do to the bottom of the box being a little too big. The lace wood top I ran thru the planer had some snipe. No problem I’ll just put it snips side down, NOT! What a Jack @#*, Snipe is on top. You can’t see the bottom groove that I made too wide. Some of the miter keys went wide. I made a quick jig that was getting hung up on the throat plate that was .010” too low. I fix the plate and made a better jig to cut the miters. I finished the boxes the same way with one exception. (tip from a Wood whisperer video) After sanding I burnished the box with a rag. The burnished box has a better shine. Again, thanks. I had fun and thats why I do it.
@Charlie, Getting the bag off will be easy, I’ll be half in it tonight…...kidding!

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 06-11-2011 07:19 PM

Mallet is sweet and so are the boxes.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#7 posted 06-11-2011 09:03 PM

Keep making them. Hope to see more from you. The other projects you have posted are nice as well.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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