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Project by gfadvm posted 547 days ago 2263 views 10 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to try a ‘wing box’ and a different method of making Shipwright hinges. I had a piece of blackjack oak that I thought would look cool. This stuff is very difficult: splits, cracks, bark inclusions ,cannot be planed, etc. There were several points when pins exploded and chunks blew out that I almost quit but I really enjoy a challenge so finally got it done. It has a LOT of epoxy, CA glue, and Timber Mate in it but I was OK with the end result. Dimensions: 12×8x6”. 1/4” box joints, 3/8” box joints for hinge, tiny walnut splines in the tray corners. Finished with rattle can lacquer. This wood is much heavier than the other oaks I have worked with. Most people around here won’t even cut it for firewood as it is so hard and tough to split but I’d do it again!

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





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 547 days ago

Your last two projects have been complete home runs. You’ve raised the bar again!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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gfadvm

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#2 posted 547 days ago

I added another pic trying to show the curly grain that caught my attention when I found this piece of wood. But it still didn’t photograph as nice as it looks in person.

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

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#3 posted 547 days ago

Andy, you are really getting too good at this. Stop keeping on raising the bar.
Now I have got that off my chest, really cool box, I especially like the lid(s) design and may have to steal it. :-)

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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patron

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#4 posted 547 days ago

way good andy

tough or not

your craft shines through

always nice to see
what you are up to

-- 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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JoeyG

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#5 posted 547 days ago

Excellence is becoming your trademark Andy. Great job.

-- JoeyG ~~~ http://www.facebook.com/JHGWoodWorks

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Roger Clark aka Rex

6940 posts in 1936 days


#6 posted 547 days ago

Gee David, you’re a poet and don’t know it.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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JL7

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#7 posted 547 days ago

Nicely done Andy – and you definitively won the blackjack battle…......always love the exposed joinery. The top is really an attention grabber as well. Can’t wait to see what’s next…..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,001 ways that won't work.

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shipwright

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#8 posted 547 days ago

Those are some of your best hinges yet Andy. They look very professional…. even starting to “showcase” the little spline filler instead of hiding it. I think I like that idea.
The top is a real keeper too. This time tough wood or no Andy, you’ve hit it out of the park and across the street.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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Dave

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#9 posted 547 days ago

Andy the really good ones are the challenge. That is some very interesting wood.
The joinery is superb. Well done.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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LittlePaw

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#10 posted 547 days ago

Sounded like this one wore you out, Andy!? Well done and beautiful to boot!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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Woodwrecker

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#11 posted 547 days ago

One of your best boxes yet my friend.
The grain, color, fit & finish are all top shelf.
Nice job.

-- Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

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Monte Pittman

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#12 posted 547 days ago

There are so many things to love about this box. Looking the pictures over.there are many points that would keep most of us from attempting it. This really is a special job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Granddaddy1

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#13 posted 547 days ago

Really cool, Andy. Love the wood and really like the hinges. Good job!

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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ruddy

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#14 posted 547 days ago

Great design Andy…....exceptional.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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woodworm

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#15 posted 547 days ago

Interesting design – the hinges is awesome!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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