curved, straight, wiggly, and different kind of box

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Project by Jim Sellers posted 09-30-2012 10:55 PM 3375 views 12 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This actually evolved into something better than I had envisioned in my first concept. Hadn’t even thought about an expandable tray until well into the project. It was challenging since I had no drawings or plans. Went through more than one pair of templates full of holes and pieces of bent wires. Lots of trial and error. You can see the hole on the left side where I had planned on putting another swing arm, but the tray was too long. After putting it together and going through the motions, I realized it wasn’t even needed. (one of those rare moments when you think you screwed up but really got it right) Was very pleased with how well it functions. Made the 2 pins and swing arm out of brass rod. Used nylon bushings to keep the tray spaced and from touching the sides. One thing I wish I’d done different is taking more consideration in the symmetry so that the knob is not slightly off center. (But the built-in knob was an afterthought too) Almost goofed up thinking I was going to stain it. Which I did on the inside top lid, and tried the wipe on poly. Didn’t like either but fortunately didn’t do any noticeable damage. Outside is natural with 3 coats of brush on gloss. (wish I had went and bought a can of satin. May still try too buff out some of the shine)
It measures 14” x 7” dia.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#1 posted 09-30-2012 11:20 PM

Very unique and very nice

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 09-30-2012 11:57 PM

That’s really cool. Nice work!

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#3 posted 10-01-2012 12:07 AM

That is very unique. Very awesome

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#4 posted 10-01-2012 12:50 AM

Very slick. i like it!!..........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 10-01-2012 01:01 AM

That is an amazing box! I have no idea how you did the box, much less the pop-up tray. You may have to do a blog/video of this one.

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

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#6 posted 10-01-2012 01:32 AM

Very impressive, I agree with gfadvm, I too, would like to know how you made this!

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#7 posted 10-01-2012 01:58 AM

That is very nice Thanks for sharing…I wrote articles on woodworking projects it can be helpful!

-- Michael D.

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#8 posted 10-01-2012 02:02 AM

Pretty trick ! Looks like a test of skill and patience.

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#9 posted 10-01-2012 02:15 AM

OK, you have to tell us how you did this. I’m assuming you turned the large section and then cut it in half. You know there are some of us who will want to try this at home!!

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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#10 posted 10-01-2012 02:56 AM

Wow, totally impressed. How did you do it?

-- Jason

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#11 posted 10-01-2012 03:07 AM

excellent build !

trial and learning
can take us to some good places

well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#12 posted 10-01-2012 05:10 AM

Jim, I really like this…it is intriguing. I think several ideas are a real breakthrough. Are the shapes on the box veneer? How is the bottom supported? I have been trying unsuccessfully to work out the geometry for a swing arm. Any hints? About the lift…is it formed and then veneered or how was it done? How was the circular body formed? Is it wood? How is this hinged? You had so many problems to solve I would be interested in the solutions you found. Thanks for sharing this fascinating box with us.

-- Big Al in IN

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#13 posted 10-01-2012 05:14 AM

You have to do a tutorial on how you made this. This is one of the most brain racking projects I have ever seen.

-- Chief Petty Officer USN(RET) 1991-2011

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#14 posted 10-01-2012 05:32 AM

Great work!

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#15 posted 10-01-2012 05:40 AM

Very nice Jim – great design and I love the finger lift!!

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