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Blackjack Is NOT Easy

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Project by gfadvm posted 10-19-2012 12:38 AM 2540 views 11 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 10-19-2012 12:42 AM

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

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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gfadvm

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#2 posted 10-19-2012 12:43 AM

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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#3 posted 10-19-2012 12:47 AM

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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#4 posted 10-19-2012 12:48 AM

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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#5 posted 10-19-2012 12:50 AM

Excellence is becoming your trademark Andy. Great job.

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

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#6 posted 10-19-2012 12:50 AM

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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#7 posted 10-19-2012 12:57 AM

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 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#8 posted 10-19-2012 01:15 AM

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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#9 posted 10-19-2012 01:18 AM

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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#10 posted 10-19-2012 01:21 AM

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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#11 posted 10-19-2012 01:41 AM

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

-- Retirement suits me fine !

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#12 posted 10-19-2012 01:50 AM

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.

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#13 posted 10-19-2012 01:52 AM

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

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#14 posted 10-19-2012 02:12 AM

Great design Andy…....exceptional.

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

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#15 posted 10-19-2012 02:15 AM

Interesting design – the hinges is awesome!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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