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Stained Oak Box From Jig Posted Today

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Project by gfadvm posted 12-29-2011 10:52 PM 2410 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another box from oak flooring scraps but I really like the aged look the dark stain gave it. Lid is recessed into box with all its edges tapered. Shop made black walnut dowel piece for knob. Box joints cut with jig I posted earlier today. No other finish yet. I’ll probably just wax it and call it done. Those box joints are tighter than they look (I think the dark stripes in the grain look like gaps but they aren’t). They weren’t a slip fit and required bumping with the rubber mallet after I got glue on.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm





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longgone

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#1 posted 12-29-2011 11:21 PM

That came out really nice! I like the box joints. I agree, that stain really gives it an aged and antique look.

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#2 posted 12-29-2011 11:28 PM

excellent! I’ll take box joints over dovetails for aesthetics any day.

Now to dig up your jig post ;)

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rance

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#3 posted 12-30-2011 12:25 AM

Looks like you are having fun Box-ing. Great job. :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 12-30-2011 08:00 AM

That’s a good looking box. I like the tapered lid. It does look like it’s old. I guess it’s a brand new antique box. You know if you call it an antique it makes it more valuable. :)

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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

I just don’t see it. The gaps. Those joints look great. The dark oak looks rich. What do you do with all those boxes …........

-- mike...............

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#6 posted 12-31-2011 03:44 AM

I sell my boxes to buy more tools to make more boxes to sell to buy more tools…........ Haven’t you heard: “When you die, whoever has the most tools wins!”

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 12-31-2011 04:23 AM

Your pic #4 really show the beauty of old wood! Love it, Doc !

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

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#8 posted 12-31-2011 06:13 AM

i love the box joints you did here andy. are you going to do some hand cut dovetail boxes? you know for a long time i did box joints on the tablesaw then with a router then bought a porter cable dovetail jig and bought all the templates for doing box joints and dovetails and sliding dovetails and never thought i could cut them by hand. then when i was working in texas on hotels one of the guys i was working with had his old tool box with him in his truck and it was full of antique hand tools and the box was all dovetailed together and looked real nice and i asked him how he cut those dovetails and he then showed me, it took about a half hour, and then i tried it a they were a bit crude but they worked and i was hooked. it didnt take very long and i was cutting them out fast and the fit was perfect. last year i took 3rd place at the del mar fair in the traditional woodworking class and couldnt belive it because this is an international competition,anyway i asked one of the judges why i won and he told me i was the only one to do hand cut dovetails, the box was angled at 3 degrees both ways and the lid was reversable , no hinges but a lip and when reversed the lid was flush both ways and air tight. the wood was koa and spectacular but he said it was the joinery that made it, i was blown away because there were way better projects than mine that didnt even get honorable mention. so give the hand cut dovetail a try, if you already havent, and post some pics. the pic is before finish

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 12-31-2011 06:40 AM

Vonhagan, Those are beautiful dovetails. I don’t know why but I’m just really not too motivated to try dovetails. Maybe in the future when I slow down a little I’ll get into these. Right now I’m fascinated with shop made hinges (again I don’t know why). But they are really fun to do with a great deal of satisfaction when they turn out well and for me that’s what woodworking is all about: solving problems, figuring stuff out, and having fun.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 12-31-2011 06:43 AM

gfadvm: I just freehanded my first dovetails a week or two ago in some pine. Just to see what would happen. I was positively amazed at how well they came out. (They’re ugly as home made sin. But they slid together.) I completely winged it on the measurements. I’d highly recommend giving them a shot. Now, I’m not any GOOD at it, mind you. But my dovetails will hold a couple boards together.

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vonhagen

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#11 posted 12-31-2011 07:03 AM

its like you are doing exactly what i did andy and i mean exactly. i did wood hinges and box joints for a long time and was addicted to them and i was doing them just like you. now every fine piece i make has got to have hand dovetails. a box the size you just made would take me about 3 hours to do by hand i think but the reward is that you do them by hand not machine and there are some little tricks like useing a piece of 8/4 beech thats square and a hand plane blade that fits in your scribe line then clamp that block to it and your chisels will be at 90 degrees when chiseling. i will have to do a video its so simple and i just use a real sharp pencil for tracing out the tails and you can even do them with a sharp hack saw and get good results . they are just plain fun to do and very adictive

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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vonhagen

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#12 posted 12-31-2011 07:18 AM

im so swamped doing my regular woodworking job that i havent had time to make anything nice for the fair this coming year but soon i will be back onto my own project and i have got some wild ideas for a table, a blanket chest and a dresser out of solids no veneer except for inlay and lots of dovetails and the table will have both box joints and dovetails

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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gfadvm

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#13 posted 01-01-2012 04:08 AM

vonhagan, I am in awe of those projects you posted on Joey’s project comments. Beautiful wood and beautiful craftsmanship. I’m just a hacker but it keeps me busy and I really enjoy the challenges. I’ve always enjoyed making things. In my former life I made silver mounted bits and spurs as well as some damascus knives. But I’m now hooked on this woodworking deal and manage to sell enough to keep me in tools and materials. But I’m gonna keep my day job!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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vonhagen

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#14 posted 01-01-2012 06:17 PM

thank you andy but you are no hack by a long shot, i have seen you progress very fast and can see that you have talent and are very determined to make fine woodworking projects. i have trained alot of guys but very few would get into it whole heartedly but i think you are one that would and be good at it because you are focused on learning and taking each joinery technique to its limit till you master it then go to another level. and if you are making money at it in this economy you are doing it well my friend. yes dont give up your day job if its your bread and butter , you have to hold onto that. i would not get into my trade with this economy now but its all i know and it took me over 30 years to get all the connections that i have and i would be lost without woodworking. my projects i post are always made for other people and i dont get to keep them and i wish i had time to make some nice stuff for myself. so where others do this as a hobby i do it full time and in my spare time i work on machines so its 24-7 woodworking for me. i dont even go fishing or go opal mining in nevada like i used to because those were my hobbies. woodworking is my life and i will do it till i die i guess. so keep up the good work as i see a fine craftsman in you.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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vonhagen

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#15 posted 01-01-2012 06:44 PM

http://youtu.be/JYW1JQmDa6I
andy watch this video on dovetails, i do mine this way and whats nice is you can put then wherever you want with very little measuring

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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