First box (in over 25 years)

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Project by ic3ss posted 05-25-2011 03:02 AM 2377 views 13 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After spending much time, effort, and money since last Autumn gathering tools for a woodshop, I’ve completed my first real project: a box for my wife. I started this three weeks ago, working on it on the weekends. I was at Woodcraft a few weeks ago and found a nice piece of Tigre Caspi that I thought had a very interesting grain and would be perfect for this box. I’ve not been able to find a lot of info on Tigre Caspi on the web, but it has a kind of weird grain texture, I don’t really know how to describe it other than it’s an exotic hardwood from South America. It was pretty easy to work with though, and takes an excellent finish. The thing about the grain, though, is that when I ran it through my planer, it tore out a few spots where the grain changes direction, so there’s several rough spots along the boards where the grain is all blown out.

The splines are made from Wenge, and I made the center spline larger so it would serve as the landing points for the shelf. Not really sure how well I like the exterior look of the longer spline, but it serves a purpose I guess.

I also found a small piece of figured maple that would accent the box. I only had enough to make the inset panel in the top, so I picked up a larger piece of non-figured maple to make the bottom, and the tray with. I had a scrap piece of Tigre Caspi left over so I made a grabber handle for the tray with that. I used the Dremmel tool to carve out recesses for the fingers to grab.

I also picked up a hinge set, and man those things are expensive. I like the fact that Woodcraft has excellently detailed and printable directions on how to install the hinges, it kept the most difficult part of the project from becoming a frustrating experience. Finished with wipe on poly.

Thanks for looking, and have a blessed day!

- Wayne

-- "I am endeavoring, ma'am, to construct a mnemonic memory circuit using stone knives and bear skins."

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#1 posted 05-25-2011 03:14 AM

gorgeous…......well done….


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#2 posted 05-25-2011 03:36 AM

Great looking Box Wayne!!
I’ve never heard of that kind of Wood,Tigra Caspi… Pretty stuff!!

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

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#3 posted 05-25-2011 04:41 AM

Those hinges can be a pain. They also look terrible if you do a bad job. You did a great job. Good job on matching the woods too. Both are pretty woods

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 05-25-2011 04:46 AM

Excellent piece! Species match, workmanship, design….came together perfectly.

-- Dave

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#5 posted 05-25-2011 04:55 AM

You should not have waited so long Wayne. Nice job on the box. BTW, WC has an expensive version of that hinge made from solid gold, and one that is a bit less expensive. I typically use the less expensive one.

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

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#6 posted 05-25-2011 11:41 AM

What a great looking present! Well done and I look fwd to seeing more!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 05-25-2011 12:56 PM

Very nice looking box! Great job!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#8 posted 05-25-2011 01:51 PM

Beautiful box!

-- christopheralan

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#9 posted 05-26-2011 04:32 PM

i too have recently started woodworking after a long absence of 30 years glad to see a fellow woodworker of the same era lol back into it also great job by the way hope your having as much fun as i am keep up the good work

-- freighttrain,ky

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