Just a small box

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Project by KnickKnack posted 09-03-2011 05:48 PM 2145 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My last two projects have been complete failures – they’re sitting in the “sin” corner of the room waiting for some inspiration as to how to recover them. I knew when I started that they were probably beyond me, but, as my father used to say, “the impossible takes a little longer”.
So I thought I would revisit an earlier design (one that I screwed up so it never got posted), and try something more simple, in an effort to see if the “easier” things were now easier, and if I really had been learning from my previous mistakes.
Broadly speaking this went pretty well. The rotating hinge thing is still a challenge – I’m starting to understand why people have drill presses – but this one works – it’s a little wobbly since I was off by a mill on one of the holes and I had to grow it, but it will be acceptable (to the recipient, it’s not acceptable to me!)
The red inset bit is a disappointment – it doesn’t stand out enough from the fumed oak. I found the piece I used by the local bins – someone had obviously been redoing their parquet floor…

I used the piece one in from the left. Since I had only one piece I couldn’t test how the ammonia would affect it – it darkened ever so slightly. That said, it looks a little better in real life than in the pictures. Speaking of which, the first is in natural light – those colours are fairly accurate. The others are with flash – more detail, but more “yellow” too.

It’s 14cmx11cmx8cm – my wife says that’s too small to be useful. I say it’s a box for a present – it’s not supposed to be useful, just pretty and anything else is a bonus – besides, you could probably fit many thousands worth of banknotes in it!

Ash and fumed oak. Tung oil finish.

As always – please feel free to hurt my feelings :-)

-- "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 09-03-2011 06:03 PM

“As always – please feel free to hurt my feelings :-)” LMAO !!

I agree with your wife , so things can only get bigger and better from now on : )
Now get out to the shop and make something useful !! LOL

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

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#2 posted 09-03-2011 06:50 PM

You do “chunk style” really well and even without seeing them I completely disagree about your last two projects. Anyone scrolling through your other projects and posts would take my point.
Having said that I would have dyed the insert a bright red, unless you’re looking for a subtle effect. For myself I’d also use a very straight grained piece for the lid to avoid the slanted look when mitering.
Buy a low cost table top drill press. You’ll never look back.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#3 posted 09-03-2011 10:56 PM

Just a Box …........yyaah right ….........NO!
I like it :-)

thank´s for sharing

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#4 posted 09-04-2011 02:09 AM

I like the box and it reminds me of my unfinished ones ;-) Thanks !
Greetings from Down Under !

-- Markus, Perth WA ...where the swans are black...

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#5 posted 09-04-2011 07:52 AM

First and foremost: Stop running yourself down. That’s certainly prettier than anything I’ve attempted. It’s a nice stout little box.

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#6 posted 09-04-2011 08:23 AM

I have to agree with vipond33. I scrolled through your projects and what you reffer to as a fail is better then some of my successes. Thanks for the pic of the box in its unfinished state. It makes it easier for me to attempt to fail at a box like this myself LOL.

-- Lotidus

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#7 posted 09-04-2011 12:12 PM

I like it. It’s a very neat little box.

As for the size, there are just as many joints and just and much technique is required as for a larger box. The only thing that is less is the sanding. So just call it a practice piece from which you seem to have learned a number of lessons already.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#8 posted 09-05-2011 03:28 AM

I really like the design. No matter the size there is always a use

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 09-05-2011 03:16 PM

I am going to hurt your feelings when you post a bad one but this one looks great and the flaw is not there it’s all in your head I know because my wife tells me that over and over .I just say from twenty feet away no one can tell and trees are perfectly plumb why bother with levels.


-- Kiefer

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#10 posted 09-05-2011 08:55 PM

Some Ideas if you don’t like the red inset. I sometimes glue a lighter colored strip on either side of the insert. Or have you tried inlay bandings? approx 1/40 of a inch thick. Easy way to dress up a drab piece and available in various materials and widths. Experiment, buy or make your own. If you think you are the only one to make mistakes think again my friend. Some of my best ideas happen from mistakes, Oh I mean I always planned on that, now how did I do that…


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