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Project by rilanda posted 07-04-2012 09:56 AM 2085 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made several years ago using American White Oak (Quercus Alba) all the corners were through dovetailed the dovetails being marked out and hand cut. The fretwork to the sides and end of the box was recessed out first with a router to reduce the thickness to 6 mm then marked out, drilled and the fretwork cut using a fret machine, it was then finished by hand using fine riflers and abrasive papers. the lettering to the lid was plotted out on my computer then applied to the top, finally being carved by hand into the top. The top is hinged using a small brass piano hinge and brass stays applied to prevent the top fro over-opening to eliminate the risk of damage to the box/top. The box was finished using one coat of cellulose sander sealer followed with two coats of melamine lacquer all applied with a soft mop. each coat was cut back with 400 grit paper the final coat of wax applied with a fine abrasive pad.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.





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woodworm

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#1 posted 07-04-2012 12:10 PM

Marvellous work.
.....and welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 07-04-2012 12:11 PM

Amazing work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 07-04-2012 01:38 PM

Pleasantly appealing, and keeps the bench very tidy as well, Good job!

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association http://www.fwwa.org.au/index.htm

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#4 posted 07-04-2012 02:00 PM

Beautiful !! I could use a letter box, and a matching circular file near it .. LOL. Thanks for the inspiration and letting us see your lovely box

-- I'm so busy I don't know if I found a rope or lost a horse...

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#5 posted 07-04-2012 02:47 PM

Very nice.
And welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- Retirement suits me fine !

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#6 posted 07-04-2012 08:27 PM

Attractive design. Nicely made. I like it.
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#7 posted 07-05-2012 01:10 AM

A very beautiful box.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 07-05-2012 03:05 AM

Very nice Bill a wonderful design.

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#9 posted 07-05-2012 05:45 AM

Great box very unique style.

-- Tom D

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#10 posted 07-05-2012 12:02 PM

This is simply beautiful :)

-- Terina C

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#11 posted 07-06-2012 03:48 AM

This is a really beautiful letter box! Very very impresive workmanship!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#12 posted 07-06-2012 02:01 PM

Beautiful piece, and craftsmanship.

Cory

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#13 posted 07-07-2012 06:49 AM

Very Nice Project! Thanks for Posting!

Rick

-- Deodorant is like Common Sense. Those who need it the most, never use it.

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#14 posted 07-09-2012 05:25 PM

That is some impresive work Bill and a nice informative write up too. I like how the design, joinery, carving and finishing show your varied skills as a craftsman without being too ‘in your face’ like so many boxes you see today. Sometimes less is more and that my friend is A LOT of box.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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