Seeking Planet "Perfect" Box

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Project by KnickKnack posted 05-14-2011 03:17 PM 1908 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Work on my current project – a chest of drawers – ground to a halt when I broke my 3mm router bit. So while I wait for a replacement bit to arrive (I have to mail order it from the UK and, don’t you know, it’s on back order) I decided to hone some of my skills by trying (for the nth time) to make something fairly simple but to make it very well.
Whilst planet “Perfect” is still light years off in the distance, I think I did at least manage to land in the correct galaxy this time.
It’s a 5” cube, and it actually is a cube (well, strictly, the diagonals are 1mm different). I don’t know what the “double-flap” joint is called, but they fit together as well as any joint I’ve ever made. I’d originally intended to go with the end-grain horizontal so I’d have actually needed the “legs”, but it looked better with it vertical, so I went with that, but retained the legs.
The handle I made by putting a small piece of oak on a bolt and putting it in the drill. That went fine, but, despite measuring at least 8 times, when I was trying to glue it to the top the dowel didn’t fit so i had to take it out and do it again. Some serious malleting (is that a verb?) later I’d split it a bit. You can’t see it, but I know it’s there.
I’m enjoying fuming my projects these days – the oak takes on a deep, dark, almost-but-not-quite-black tone, and the ash goes what I can best describe as “deathly”, especially on the end-grain, which is usually very dull for me.
Finished with linseed oil.

Comments, thoughts, criticisms, etc etc – all welcome

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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#1 posted 05-14-2011 03:54 PM

really like the side elevation, nice shape and balance.

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#2 posted 05-14-2011 07:55 PM

I love it! But that’s probably because I also make smallish boxes.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#3 posted 05-17-2011 05:25 PM

Nice box, I like the vertical grain, gives it a interesting look, beautiful wood, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#4 posted 05-11-2012 03:53 PM

I like the design. It is funny how often we have to work around issues or problems to ge to where we want to go. Please tell me, I might consider fuming on some projects but am unsure of some things. If I fume something, how much can I later sand it without affecting the tone? Maybe I should just ask how deep the effect goes. Basically I have access to some Oak but would like a browner(or blacker) tone. It seems like fuming might be a viable option.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#5 posted 05-11-2012 04:05 PM

how much can I later sand it without affecting the tone?
I’d say “for the final flushness”. Box joint, for example, I’d try and get close, but still a little proud, then fume, assemble, and the black should still be there when you sand to perfect flush.
But in order to try to quantify – on the end grain a good few mill, on side grain maybe a mill. It’s a truism, but true nonetheless that it’s different on different bits of wood. And, of course, it depends on how much you fumed – I usually aim for as black as I can get rather than a subtle tone.
I made a lamp a while back, one of the design bases of which was to have the tone shading from fumed to un-fumed and back again. Yet, despite taking a complete rounded corner off the piece, you can barely detect a difference in colour.
That’s my experience – your mileage may vary, as the saying goes.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

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