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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 2358 days ago 1932 views 10 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I picked up a small lot of 9/16 walnut on ebay. When it arrived, it had really beautiful grain and color, and I knew I wanted to try to use it well. This is my own design. The inlay is just some old screen molding that was laying around the shop. I ripped it in half on the band saw, glued the flat end into the routed grooves, and sanded off what was left . Finish is wipe-on satin poly.

One mistake I made with this one is that the small piano hinges I used (from Lee Valley) called for #0 screws, and I only had the next size larger on hand. Since they fit in the holes okay, I figured “no big deal” right? Wrong. The heads don’t sit 100% fluch with the hinge, so when you open the lid the screw heads bump into each other and keep the lid from reaching a full 90 degrees to stay open by itself. Hence the clunky prop in the third photo.

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





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GaryK

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#1 posted 2358 days ago

Looks great Charlie! Fantactic job on the inlays.

You could always countersink the hinges a little to get the screws flush.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 2358 days ago

Thanks, Gary. That is a good idea. I had thought about just getting the smaller screws, but of course I’d have to fill and redrill the holes. :-(

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

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 2358 days ago

Charlie! This is beautiful.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Les Hastings

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#4 posted 2358 days ago

Nicely done Charlie!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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mrtrim

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#5 posted 2358 days ago

exellent work charlie ! you could take a toothpich dip it in some glue stick it in the holes cut them flush and use the smaller screws . thats just one way i do it . great job !

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mot

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#6 posted 2358 days ago

Another stunning piece, Charlie.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 2358 days ago

Charlie this is a real nice piece. I love the grain on the walnut. I agree with mrtrim’s suggestion. I have used that method when I needed to resize a screw.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Russel

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#8 posted 2358 days ago

Great piece. Really nice detail.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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rikkor

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#9 posted 2358 days ago

That is a fine box. It looks great. I am sure you’ll overcome the issue with the screw heads.

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TomFran

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#10 posted 2358 days ago

Another great one, Charlie! You just keep getting better.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Sgt_Lobo

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#11 posted 2358 days ago

Looks real nice Charlie! I guess someday I’ll have to give a jewelry box a try. Walnut is my favorite wood to work with, I’m going to go search ebay now to see if I can find a deal…

-- Sgt_Lobo -- Aurora, CO

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forkboy

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#12 posted 2358 days ago

very nice, especially the drawers look excellent.

-- Perth, Australia

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Dan'um Style

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#13 posted 2358 days ago

fine job ! Charlie … great design

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Douglas Bordner

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#14 posted 2358 days ago

Handsome piece, Charlie. And a good excuse for a 82° countersink.

Then you can do a review before I shell out the cash for one. ;^D

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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CharlieM1958

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#15 posted 2357 days ago

Thank you all for the kind words.

mrtrim, I think your idea will be the winner.

Doug, I would say you are shameless, but you get points for admitting your ulterior motives. <g>

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

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