Potpourri Box

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Project by moonls posted 1186 days ago 1814 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another scrollsawn project caught my eye in the July issue of Wood Magazine which I made from some reclaimed mahogany generously given to me by Ellen 35. I think it’s the beauty of the wood that makes this project look so fine and I’ve decided to keep it for my “display case”.
Although the directions give dimensions, it took some practice pieces to get the dimensions for the sides in correct alignment. Thanks to the Wixey digital angle gauge, it was no problem to get the blade set at 30 degrees. I assembled the box sides & bottom before I made any cuts for the lid and its sides. I’ve been practicing my use of the scrollsaw so I didn’t have too much sanding after cutting out all the shapes in the lids. I found using elastic bands to test fit the pieces together and using packing tape for clamps during glue-up to be very helpful tips from Ellen! After sanding to 220 grit, I finished the box with 3 coats of semi-gloss water-based poly. No stain was needed for this beautiful wood!
Thanks for viewing and comments are welcome.

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#1 posted 1186 days ago

lorna, this is a beautiful box, i love the whole thing, wonderful…great scroll work and beautiful wood used…this is a show case box for sure…your work inspires me…keep dazzling us…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 1186 days ago

Awesome box! The craftsmanship and detail on this box make it a gem!
Nice work, Lorna.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 1186 days ago

nice work lorna
great scroll work

made some similar
dado in the back of board first
(keep track of where it is)
half depth
cut all sides in sequence (square)
bevel ends
top and bottom dado or rabbet
glue up in sequence
cut in center of inner dado
top fits right over bottom
all grain the same
except for 1st-last corner

simple huh

yea right

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 1186 days ago

Hi Lorna. You sure get your money’s worth out of your Wood magazines. Nice job on this potpourri box. I am sure you completed it in a weekend as is suggested in the article!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#5 posted 1186 days ago

Great work

-- skip I'm a maine maniac

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#6 posted 1186 days ago

very nice lookin box

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#7 posted 1186 days ago

Directly into my Favorites , Lorna : )
It’s a real beauty !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 1185 days ago

Nice Job Lorna!! I have to try a Hexagonal or Octagonal Box one of these days… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#9 posted 1185 days ago

I saw the plans for that and thought “I should build that one.” Now that I’ve seen yours I definitely have to!

-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts

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