Arrowhead Boxes

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Project by jbschutz posted 10-18-2011 09:22 PM 2041 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Arrowhead Boxes. I met a guy on one of our trips, and after a bit of chatting, he told me that he collected old arrow heads. After learning that I was into woodworking, he asked about getting a box to store his collection. The box in the first photo was the original, and then he wanted two more to give to friends that were also collectors. All the boxes are 5.5×8 inches in cherry with rounded sides and walnut splines. The first has a sort of raised panel lid with a walnut tab and carved maple arrowhead. The other two have flat tops with a walnut shaft and maple arrowheads to act as lid stops and lifts. The lids are hinged with hidden pins, the bottoms are lined with black velvet, and all are finished in hand-rubbed poly.

-- jbschutz

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#1 posted 10-18-2011 09:44 PM

Beautiful John…........ great design, wood combination and details.
Can’t decide which one I like best !

What process did you use to get the rounded sides of the first box so symmetrical?

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#2 posted 10-18-2011 09:44 PM

Great boxes. I have always been drawn to this rounded side design. How do you round the sides (plane, sand, etc.)? Or do you use some type of jig? Have to try one of these. Again, great work.

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#3 posted 10-18-2011 10:32 PM

Regarding the rounded sides......After the box is constructed (be sure to allow a bit of extra thickness for the rounding process), I set my table saw blade to 12 degrees and shave off the top and bottom edges, removing material about 1/4 of the way up the side. I have a sliding miter table on my saw, and I can set a stop on the fence to allow me to be pretty accurate. Once the sides have been shaved, top and bottom, I go to my trusty bench belt sander and round off the little edges left by the table saw. gradually rounding them over. You can tell how you are doing by how true your mitered corners stay in line. I finish up with the random orbit sander, working up to 220 for the final shaping and smoothing. Then, repeated coats of finish and finer sanding.
If I can do it….so can you!

-- jbschutz

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#4 posted 10-18-2011 10:40 PM

What a great looking group of boxes.

The curved sides make them very unique.

Great Job.

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#5 posted 10-18-2011 10:55 PM

More nice ones. You’ve come to be known among LJ’ers for your clean, straightforward designs, crisp carved appliqu├ęs, fine finishes and more. Your boxes are always a pleasure to see posted. It’s easy to see why many folks would want one of their own.

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

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#6 posted 10-18-2011 11:47 PM

Very awesome. The arrowheads go gr8 with those finely made boxes

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 10-19-2011 12:22 AM

A Trio of Beauties John love all the detail and finish work. Eye pleasing work thanks for taking the time to post…Wilson

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#8 posted 10-19-2011 01:32 AM

Excellent Work John, Very Well Done!!

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

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#9 posted 10-19-2011 07:06 AM

I really like the raised lid that showed the grain encircling the arrow! That is great, John. Love ‘em!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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