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This is one of many boxes I have made as gifts this year for Christmas. It has maple sides, walnut splines and handle, and a QS Sycamore top. It is lined with the adhesive backed felt from Rockler, 5mm barrell hinges.
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#1 posted 12-19-2011 07:47 PM
I recognize that as being sycamore!
Very nice box – the barrel hinges are a great touch, as are the walnut accents. Bevels well executed, too.
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#2 posted 12-19-2011 07:55 PM
Shane, you sure do know how to make wood look purdy!!
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#3 posted 12-19-2011 08:15 PM
Wow another great gift that QS sycamore really makes the whole box pop. Super Job.
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#4 posted 12-19-2011 08:40 PM
Maple and Sycamore are two of my favourite woods. Shane that box is fabulous. Any recipient would be glad to receive it. Two question: 1) What finish did you use? 2) How do you like the barrel hinges. I’ve never used them so I’m curious.
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#5 posted 12-19-2011 09:18 PM
Andy, I used tung oil from woodcraft, and a spray semi gloss lacquer. The barrel hinges are good for a couple reasons. They are inexpensive, so I can crank out the boxes with little to no cost. They are 5mm, but I use a 3/16” bit for pilot holes. They are easy to use, just make sure all the pilot holes are measured and aligned well. The bad part, to me, is that you have to rip the back of the box at 45° for openening clearance and to sort of act like a stop. I think that takes away from the look a little. Another thing, is I dont exactly think they look great, I mean they are ok, but not as nice as the more spendy hinges.
I do love sycamore, it is a wood my local sawyer always seems to come across, it is easy to use, and inexpensive. Plus I have a lot of it!
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#7 posted 12-27-2011 04:58 AM
The sycamore no doubt does it. You have done a great job on the box. The walnut is a great contrast to the lighter colored woods.Question, have you ever tried to bend sycamore?
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#8 posted 12-27-2011 05:02 AM
Never tried to bend it Dave, but then again, I have never tried to bend any wood before. : )
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#9 posted 11-23-2013 06:22 PM
I’m going to go blind looking at your stuff. I’ve already lost my sanity. Stunning work.
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#10 posted 11-23-2013 06:23 PM
This is a wonderful box and so nicely done.
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