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Project by Mark Shymanski posted 12-28-2011 05:32 AM 1710 views 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box represents a bunch of firsts for me on many fronts. This box is from a tree from my yard a decorative cherry tree that was removed as a choking hazard ( from the plentiful seed droppings) for our then very little ones. I saved the trunk after it was cut into three manageable lengths of about a meter each (this is first number one). I didn’t seal the ends or anything I now know you are supposed to do to properly dry a piece of wood. In any event it dried out enough where I plopped it on my new band saw and resawed planks out of the log (first number 2). After this the work was mostly using hand tools (I really like my LV block and jackplanes). I kew I wanted a card box. Both of my kids are on the autism spectrum and playing cards (both as an action and a noun) is something that soothes them when the stresses of the day are just too much for them, this box would be a little more rugged than the standard cardboard or plastic boxes that come with cards. I also hope that the satin smooth finish will be a comforting texture for them. Life has been pretty hectic so, as many of us do here, I squeeked in time to work on this box whenever I could. I suppose it would have gone faster if I’d had a plan but I was making it up as I went along (it took me a while to figure out how to get tthe lid to stay on. As you can see the lid and base are cut from the same board, but you probably can’t see is that the grain wraps around all four sides (I guess there are a couple of more firsts in there!)
i’ve not applied a finish yet, and I think I will create two more better ones, for Paul and Lauren now that I’ve made the mistakes on this ‘prototype’ box.
Its not a fancy box but I am sure proud of it.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2





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jjw5858

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#1 posted 12-28-2011 05:39 AM

Great job….you should be proud!...Well done! Thanks for sharing it, be well and best wishes.

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#2 posted 12-28-2011 06:02 AM

Very cool Idea. Well done.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 12-28-2011 05:31 PM

Mark. A great lookin project.

You can use some thin cork and attach it to a grove cut in your insert. Some light sanding will modify the cork to be a snug fit. The craft stores have self stick cork that might be about 1/16 thick

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#4 posted 12-28-2011 08:00 PM

Hello Mark Shymanski

It isn’t a simple card box

It’s a nicely card box

I love it

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#5 posted 12-30-2011 09:47 AM

Hi Mark.

“Simple card box”?

A card box fit for a king.

(or a queen, or a jack)

Nice job, buddy.

Paul

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Mark Shymanski

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#6 posted 12-30-2011 05:03 PM

Hello All,
Thank you for the encouraging replies. Thanks for the tip about the cork Karson.

Mark

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#7 posted 01-02-2012 02:30 AM

its beautiful…you are an awesome dad.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 01-11-2012 08:54 PM

Elegant!
Every woodworker should have his cards like this.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 01-11-2012 09:15 PM

It’s really a very nice box and you did a nice job on it. The wood looks great.

helluvawreck
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-- 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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#10 posted 11-23-2013 06:16 PM

Great job on this man, simple my hiney. This was complicated and fiddley. You really pulled off a good one here.

-- I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.

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Mark Shymanski

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#11 posted 11-23-2013 06:19 PM

Thank you Jerry. I did learn a bit about making fiddley work:-)

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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