Scroll saw gift box

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Project by delturcious posted 10-02-2011 11:20 PM 4732 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I keep having weddings to go to, and I needed something I could make in a day for an old friend from college. This box was actually started from the middle so I could glue two layers at once, and then each pair of layers was shaped with a pattern bit (with bearing) on a router. The inner layers are alternating pine and oak, and the ends are poplar… hey, that’s all I can get locally! After sanding to 220 (that’s about all I had time for), I hit it with a coat of tung oil and paste wax. The end cap swivels to open the chamber, and the dowel it’s attached to is long and snug enough that someone can’t pull it out by accident.

-- Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.

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#1 posted 10-02-2011 11:24 PM

Really like it when I see someone dress up reg pine, oak and poplar like this, really cool project.

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#2 posted 10-03-2011 01:30 AM

The first photo really caught my eye and I loved the grain. Before reading I tried to quess what it was without any luck. What a great combination and a nice little piece you have made. Well done.

-- Carpe Diem

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#3 posted 10-03-2011 04:19 AM

I would never think of alternating pine and oak, much less with a poplar end cap but you have made it super attractive. Perhaps they could use this later as a tiny honey-do container for all those little jobs?

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

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#4 posted 10-04-2011 02:19 AM

Thanks for the kind words :) I’m not all that happy with my sanding job on this one, but tung+wax is a pretty foolproof finish. The hardest part about making a wedding gift is that you can’t see the couple open it!

-- Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.

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#5 posted 10-04-2011 03:59 AM

A neat little box. Love the way the woods turned out.


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