2012 Graduation Gift

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Project by DrDirt posted 05-14-2012 02:16 PM 1338 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, Spring has sprung and it is graduation time.
My neice is finishing highschool, and so for a gift I built a box.
It is based on the design from and older issue of Wood magazine.

The material is Cherry with these burl/bark pockets. the base and handle for the lid are mahoghany.
There is a “secret” compartment held by Rare Earth Magnets to hold the base to the box. and a small removable tray with a felt lined bottom. The tray is also splined. I found that with my Japanese dozuki saw, the kerf is a perfect match to the mahoghany veneer I had on hand.

To level the surface, I used sanding dust from the wood mixed with the Deft Brushing Lacquer that is the final finish. I would make a heavy putty and apply with a putty knife.

The final finish was the Deft gloss brushing lacquer, but thinned with ~30% lacquer thinner and sprayed.


-- "Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement." Ronald Reagan

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jim C

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#1 posted 05-14-2012 03:30 PM

Nicely done Dr.
The niece will love it!

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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#2 posted 05-14-2012 08:14 PM

i am impressed with both the choice of timber and the execution of the build…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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Dan'um Style

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#3 posted 05-14-2012 09:02 PM

That is some nice grain on the lid. Spectacular.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 05-14-2012 10:23 PM

Thanks guys –
@Dan – - One think with wild grain like that is you keep adding finish and it absorbs really unevenly – so you spray thick….sand down w/320 grit then spray again, til you get a level surface.

Nice that the wood was quite stable – and stayed flat

-- "Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement." Ronald Reagan

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#5 posted 05-14-2012 10:38 PM

What a great gift. looks really nice

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 05-14-2012 10:52 PM

Very nice piece. A lucky graduate indeed!

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

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#7 posted 05-15-2012 01:11 AM

Very nice gift box and some really wild wood. You did a great job taming it.

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

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#8 posted 05-15-2012 04:03 AM


Very nice. I especially like the burl in the top. The secret compartment is a nice addition. Personally, I find that a hinge helps make a box more practically useful. Great job on the finish.

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 05-15-2012 05:21 PM

Hey Big Al – - I agree on hinges versus loose lids, with the design having a 5/8”overhang and the box walls being just 1/2 inch – I thought a Soss hinge could work, but the lip was going to make the lid only open 90 degrees, so it would always flop shut.
Perhaps a barrel hinge or Soss hinge would have the extra throw so that I could get a 95 degree swing. But the lid is pretty heavy, so I am not sure the sides would not split out when the hinge got flexed at the max – open point.

Thanks for the tips – keep em coming – I love new ideas and want to keep getting better at this.

-- "Before I refuse to take your questions, I have an opening statement." Ronald Reagan

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#10 posted 05-16-2012 01:46 AM

Great box and and excellent graduation gift.

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

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