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Project by rilanda posted 757 days ago 1975 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 757 days ago

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

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Ken90712

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#2 posted 757 days ago

Amazing work.

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

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Gumnut

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#3 posted 757 days ago

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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Juriathe

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#4 posted 757 days ago

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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Woodwrecker

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#5 posted 757 days ago

Very nice.
And welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- Having fun...Eric

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RogerBean

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#6 posted 757 days ago

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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Woodbridge

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#7 posted 757 days ago

A very beautiful box.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 756 days ago

Very nice Bill a wonderful design.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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tomd

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#9 posted 756 days ago

Great box very unique style.

-- Tom D

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TerinaC

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#10 posted 756 days ago

This is simply beautiful :)

-- Terina C

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Kindlingmaker

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#11 posted 755 days ago

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

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

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corydoras

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#12 posted 755 days ago

Beautiful piece, and craftsmanship.

Cory

-- ->Growing old is mandatory, Growing up is optional-<

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Rick

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#13 posted 754 days ago

Very Nice Project! Thanks for Posting!

Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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Brit

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#14 posted 752 days ago

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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