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Project by Gary posted 05-31-2011 06:33 PM 2171 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I think it’s GaryK that has a signature line that says to take every opportunity to make mistakes look like a creative change. Well, this project fits. I made so many mistakes that changes seemed unending. Anyway…it’s finished except for putting the hinge on.
The first “change” was with the splines. I let the box slip while cutting one of the bottom slots and to make it right, I had to go back and cut them all a little wider. That was the only real problem with the box. The lid on the other hand, posed several problems. All of them my fault. One of the worst ones was cutting on the wrong side of the line, making the ridge too narrow. Then, I set the blade too hign, making the ridge too shallow. And all of that was on the second lid. I ruined the first one while cutting the profile angle. I let the lid slip and the blade dug in. That’s why the lines. I just cut the walnut off, leaving a small line, then used maple to make the white line, then recut the outside frame of walnut. This time, I made a jig to carry the lid while cutting the profile. It’s similar to a tennon jig but, it slides on the fence.
I like these boxes and want to make more. But, I think I’ll give it a rest for a while. I’m sure I just got too comfortable with the project and moved too fast. Oh well, lesson learned…

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

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#1 posted 05-31-2011 06:37 PM

Despite the “goofs”, this is a great looking box, Gary….nice save.

-- Skip from Batavia, purveyor of fine and exotic sawdust & chips.

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#2 posted 05-31-2011 06:43 PM

looks like a great box to me
however you got it done

when i start making mistakes
i check my shoes first

and make sure
they are on the right foot

this distracts me long enough
to clear my head
and continue more focused

-- 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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#3 posted 05-31-2011 06:50 PM

Thanks for the advice David. But, you know, I’m a country boy…sometimes barefoot….

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

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#4 posted 05-31-2011 07:19 PM

It’s a gorgeous box, Gary.

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#5 posted 05-31-2011 08:05 PM

Well done

-- Vince

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#6 posted 05-31-2011 08:49 PM

Gary, been there done that – I have a several very decorative wood items in my shop made from mistakes or miss – cuts – I even have a nice raised panel router table push guide…I typically try to add something new to each project so that I continue practicing the known joints and then get to try out a new joint or a new method….keeps me from becoming complacent. I also try not to do too many boxes at a time.

Now that box….it looks great…shows excellent craftsmanship considering the corrected mistakes you told us about….(someone not aware of the fixes….wouldn’t even have noticed).

I enjoy viewing each craftsperson’s take on box making….they are as variable as people in sizes, shapes, combinations, colors….you name it. Boxes are also great projects for testing and improving your WW skills….not to mention trying out new joints…new wood combinations…etc.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#7 posted 05-31-2011 08:51 PM

Great work. I appreciate your honesty, it gives me hope for all the “near-abandoned”, half-finished projects in my shop.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#8 posted 05-31-2011 10:42 PM

Well, Gary, I for one hope you make more, because I like the box. The subtlety of the lid (maple?) is a very effective contrast to the walnut. The dark line is enough to provide a distinct border. The whole thing works. Nice recovery on the splines.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#9 posted 05-31-2011 10:45 PM

looks super! Great job! Is this the plan from popular woodworking?

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

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#10 posted 05-31-2011 11:17 PM

Mistakes? I don’t see any mistakes!

Obviouisly you are not a professional (That only means you get paid for it—-not necessarily that you are good!!!). We never admit anything like that.

Great looking box, really nice design.
Thanks for sharing


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#11 posted 05-31-2011 11:47 PM

Thanks Sarahss. I appreciate the compliment
Thank you Vince Glad you like it
Reggiek, yeah, I am collecting lots of fix-it-jigs
Skylark53 just think of all the fun you’re going to have now finishing all those projects
Thanks Roger. The thin line is maple, the top is QS sycamore
Tim, it’s form ShopSmith magazine
Thanks Kent

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

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#12 posted 06-01-2011 01:50 AM

another good looking box gary, maybe try using the bush hog for them spline cuts…lol…i mean if your going to go bare foot, why not..regardless of the mistakes you did what all wood workers do, you made them right and made it look fantastic…its the trying and doing that counts, and not just laying on the couch..not tatters here to work the wood…we knew it would happen we knew you could….lol…i guess im in a rhyming mode tonight, jim got me started…lol….grizz

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

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#13 posted 06-01-2011 04:42 AM

Mistakes are learning opportuntites, sepecially if your able to make a good recovery.

-- Tom D

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#14 posted 06-01-2011 05:11 AM

I can’t really see the mistakes because it looks like a very “handsome” box….

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#15 posted 06-01-2011 07:57 AM

Mistakes? I don’t see no stinking mistakes. You better look over your shoulder. I going to be watching to see how you do these. That is a fantastic box.

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