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Project by Blackie_ posted 12-04-2011 03:41 AM 2041 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A customer commissioned me to build a theme box for his daughters christmas gift and gave me a budget of $150.00. He stated that she is into Woodlands Fairies, so I pondered on it a couple days did some research and came up with a mushroom, I sketched a rough on paper and sent it to him, he responded she would love it but he gave me guidlines that he wanted it to look woodsie and also elegant. So I got to work right away and came up with what you see here, so I ask does this look woodsie and elegant? I haven’t gotten with him yet on the finished product. My concern is that it’s more of a rustic tone then a woodsie look.

This Bandsaw box is an orginal design and creation it was created out of spalted hackberry, this is a different tree then my previous boxes were made from and is a darker wood, I think it had a little longer rotting period then the first tree, both came from the same location. I added a hidden drawer on the top drawer, finished it in tung oil and lacquer.

Thanks for viewing and answers.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs





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waho6o9

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#1 posted 12-04-2011 03:53 AM

It’s a keeper, she’s going love it, good job.

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hasbeen

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#2 posted 12-04-2011 03:55 AM

Greetings from the socialist capital of America – California.
Why do you think they call it the ’left coast’?

Good outcome. How big of bandsaw do you have to turn out something that tall, or is there some trick to it?

Lee
Moreno Valley’s local has-been.
Servant of the Living God.

-- I may not have a lot of good ideas, but some of them are just incredible.

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Blackie_

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#3 posted 12-04-2011 04:05 AM

Guess I could have put the measurements in. :) the box measures 8” H x 10” W x 3” D

Lee, I have a 14” grizz with a 6” riser extension kit.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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ed220

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#4 posted 12-04-2011 04:28 AM

Very cool.I Like the idea.

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Donna Menke

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#5 posted 12-04-2011 04:06 PM

I think you interpreted the commission perfectly. Your customer should be very satisfied. He is getting a very good price for that box.
It could be a mushroom or a tree house with places for lots of fairies.
It will make it even more special if you write some dedication on it. I usually wood burn my signature and the date and number of the piece, but it is also nice to write something personal like “For Sally from Daddy, Happy 16th Birthday”. In 20 years that becomes a sweet keepsake.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 12-04-2011 04:51 PM

That is very creative and I love the wood. You did a very nice job on that and I like it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Blackie_

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#7 posted 12-04-2011 06:39 PM

Thanks Donna and Henry, He thought it was great and is coming over today to pick it up. Donna I haven’t forgotten our rendezvous at some point and time. :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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#8 posted 12-04-2011 09:41 PM

That really came out great, I like it from every angle.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Gene Howe

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#9 posted 12-04-2011 09:46 PM

Elegantly woodsy!
Great job. Beautiful wood.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Blackie_

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#10 posted 12-04-2011 09:57 PM

I found this hard to believe but after two coats of tung oil and the first coat of lacquer on that bottom drawer, bottom side of it, there was a very tiny worm still making its way out. LOL Guess the lacquer got to him. I thought I had the wood cleared.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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#11 posted 12-05-2011 01:15 AM

Nice work, a good design. If you added runners to the drawers they would appear centred within the drawer cavity, secondly if the drawer edges were rounded (bevelled) that would limit the amount of edge breaking and be a little easier to use (from a customer perspective).

just my thoughts

-- Bandsawn Box Plans available at ~ http://www.tonyward.org

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Blackie_

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#12 posted 12-05-2011 01:31 AM

Thanks Tony,

I’m trying to picture how to add runners can you be more descriptive on this please? What method do you use in order to get a more rounded edge (bevelled) on the box edges? I went over the edges with 80 grit but you have me thinking it’s not enough. If there’s a better and faster way that would be great as I’d like to cut down on the amount of sanding I do.

Thanks

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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#13 posted 12-05-2011 02:15 AM

Great job on the box! $150 was a bargain for all of that work..

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glue4you

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#14 posted 12-05-2011 02:35 AM

inspiring and truly beautiful

-- Alex ----- Bavaria in Germany

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TonyWard

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#15 posted 12-05-2011 03:28 AM

Blackie

Runners are thin strips of timber, often the left overs from the box. Mine are about the depth of the drawer glued to the underside of the drawer. To determine where to place the runners, lay the box on it’s back and position the drawer so that there is an equal space around the drawer in the cabine; then pencil mark the drawer in two or three places, generally two on the side and one on the base. Depending upon the size of the drawer runners of about 3/16 are suitable. I use super glue to attach the runners to correspond with the pencil marks. The insert the drawer, sometimes it is necessary to reduce the thickness of runners with sand paper. Now the drawer should run smoothly in the cavity. I know others have a preference for using felt strips and the like in place of wood runners. We need runners to account for the kerf loss of timber during the bandsawing. The beauty of wood runners is they can be made to fit and thereby compensate for the kerf loss.

Re sharp edges on the drawers (and cabinet) I was always taught to do the “blind test” that is to feel the edges of your work, anything that is sharp must be rounded over, either by sanding or use a wood rasp.

I hope this helps,

PS sorry the only way to reduce the amount of sanding is to refrain from doing so. In my experience, to present a roughly finished work not only deters potential buyers, but fails to acknowledge the beauty of the timber we are given to work with.

-- Bandsawn Box Plans available at ~ http://www.tonyward.org

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