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Project by DocWithManyHats posted 1066 days ago 1297 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

12×7 box made of scrap pine from the last project. I bought an angle grinder and wanted to experiment after looking at Andy’s boxes. It is definitely a fun technique that seems like it takes a lot of effort to get really good at. The project is basically done, I just have to wait for the weather to improve to get a few coats of lacquer on it. I haven’t used wipe on poly yet, so I might try that out instead.

I think I’m going to look into lumber yards in my area and start experimenting with hard woods. Any suggestions on a more forgiving (in terms of finishing) hard wood? Thanks for stopping by.





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itsmic

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#1 posted 1066 days ago

That’s a nice second try, are the dovetails hand cut?, sculpted boxes are a cool variation on style, keep it up, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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DaleM

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#2 posted 1066 days ago

Between this and your last (first?) project, that is a lot of good dovetails, especially for a beginner. I used an angle grinder on a plaque I made. Lots of fun. You might want to try cherry for a forgiving hardwood that takes stain well and finishes well. Maple is good, but can be a little blotchy with stain, although not nearly as bad as pine. Oak, especially red oak, has a lot of pores which can be a challenge with some finishes. I know in northern NY, butternut is easy to get and easy to work, but I’m not sure if you can get that easily in Brooklyn. Whatever you choose, eventually you should try others anyway for a first-hand experience. Have fun.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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tomd

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#3 posted 1066 days ago

That is a great box, the color and style is excellent, nice job.

-- Tom D

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kenn

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#4 posted 1066 days ago

I vote for butternut, it works great and looks good. It is great wood to start with then move on to cherry. In our neck of the woods, cherry can be readily obtained.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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amagineer

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#5 posted 1066 days ago

I don’t know what an andy box is but your work is mesmerizing. When you put your mind and the right tool together you can create beautiful pieces. Nice work

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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kowtow

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#6 posted 1066 days ago

Very cool project. I like the way it turned out.

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shopdog

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#7 posted 1065 days ago

Yo Doc,

Real nice work.
I’m also in Brooklyn. The best yard in the area is Rosenzweig lumber in the south Bronx. It’s a candy store for woodworkers. Other than that, you can try Dyke’s lumber on 6th street/2nd ave.

There are a lot of wood shops around Brooklyn, and maybe you can contact some, and get free wood scraps.

-- Steve-- http://www.urbanexteriors.biz

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THEBIGRED1

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#8 posted 1065 days ago

An excellent eye catching box friend…...nice work. I love the color.

RED

-- Never give in to speed over quality.....when you are done that is all that matters.

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Billp

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#9 posted 1065 days ago

Great looking keep up the good work.

-- Billp

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DocWithManyHats

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#10 posted 1064 days ago

Thank you all for the kind responses, they are much appreciated.

To answer some questions I received:
The dovetails in front were made using a central tools jig, the ones in back were hand cut. The hand cut ones were passable, but still a bit rough. I’ll keep at it, though they are very time consuming.

I received a few questions about the finish. Here is the regimen I used:

1. Fill knots with glue, then sand flush
2. wet with water and let dry to raise the grain, then sand up to 220 and repeat
3. Use a wood conditioner to reduce blotching. I did this twice. I think for pine it helps to leave it on for double what the can says.
4. Use water based dye, let dry
5. Repeat until you get the depth of color you want
6. Seal with shellac
7. Sand up to 600
8. Tone using homemade glaze (I used artist oil colors). Wipe a tiny amount on, then rub off. Let it dry (could be a couple of days)
9. Use whatever top coat you want. I used a brush on lacquer in the previous project, but may try a wipe-on poly for this one.

That’s it.

Shopdog, thanks for the info about lumber yards. A trip to the Bronx is in my future.

Again, thanks for the nice comments, and I’m enjoying looking through all of your projects.

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Andy

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#11 posted 1061 days ago

Great looking box, that color is stunning!

-- If I can do it, so can you. www.artboxesbyandy.com

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