First Box

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Project by RJH311 posted 02-08-2012 05:11 PM 1491 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So i’ve had some free time and decided this would be an easy first project with the scraps that i had. This is Cypress and Walnut. My table saw isn’t performing exactly how i’d like it to, but gotta make the best of it. Things learned- mitered joints are tougher than they look – don’t forget to measure (DUH!!!). In general though it turned out pretty good. I may add a pull to the top and maybe angle the edges of the top a little bit. Last but not least I need to finish it. Doug Stowe says danish oil, anybody have a different opinion or suggestion?

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#1 posted 02-08-2012 05:36 PM

Boiled Linseed Oil is a pretty forgiving finish as well. Nice job on the box … by no means is square an easy task to accomplish.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#2 posted 02-08-2012 05:38 PM

Nice job!

I love Danish Oil. But thats just me. You could even just use paste wax. But I find I get better result with the wax if I put on a few coats of wipe on poly sanded between layers.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#3 posted 02-08-2012 05:55 PM

I’m sure this won’t be you last box. There are pretty addictive. I like to use General Seal a Cell Clear urethane. It applies on easily with a paper towel and gives a very nice natural finish. Drying time is about 8 hours. Welcome to LJ RJH311. Will

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#4 posted 02-08-2012 06:59 PM

Like Will said, boxes are addictive! I also agree with him on the General Seal a Cell Clear urethane for a finish. Another possibility is MinWax’s Wipe On Polyurethane (satin or semigloss)—trivial to use, dries rapidly and leaves a nice warm finish. Minwax is readily found at your Home Depot or Lowe’s. I’m not a big fan of Danish Oil, but that’s just me.

If you haven’t done so yet, make yourself the 2 miter sleds that Doug talks about—one for the blade at 90 degrees, and the other for the blade at 45 degrees. This will ease your anxiety over getting those miters flush.

Have fun! You’re off to a terrific start!

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#5 posted 02-08-2012 07:38 PM

a great looking box ,very well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 02-08-2012 11:50 PM

Nice box. Love the grain on the cypress. It will really stand out when you put a finish on it. Good job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 02-08-2012 11:51 PM

Nice grain pattern, nice box

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 02-09-2012 12:50 AM

Good box, and a cabinet is just a bigger box, nice job

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#9 posted 02-09-2012 06:34 AM

love the wood grain on the sides…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#10 posted 02-09-2012 07:28 AM

i remember my first box

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#11 posted 02-09-2012 12:41 PM

Love the grain pattern on that cypress. And do hand cut joinery there? Nice job!

-- Beer, Beer, Thank God for Beer. It's my way of keeping my mind fresh and clear...

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#12 posted 02-09-2012 01:55 PM

Wonderful work on this…always remember many of the great historic artisans….after much work and practice did not measure everything as much as we might think. I would say my growing experiences have shown me that the greatest tools in your workshop are your instincts, willingness to learn, confidence and feel. Keep enjoying and having fun with it, well done!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#13 posted 02-10-2012 04:34 AM

Very good for a first box. You’ve already got a lot of ideas for the next few, don’t you? I used amber shellac on a cypress box I finished today, and it looks good. My favorite finish is lacquer, but I like Tried & True danish oil and varnish oil. Keep up the good work!

-- Dana, Tallahassee, FL

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#14 posted 02-11-2012 04:23 AM

Great first box, time always improves these things

-- Norman

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#15 posted 02-12-2012 02:22 AM

Did you use a jig to make the splines? If not, then make one, as it will make all your splines a breeze!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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