Tissue anyone??

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Project by TimWood posted 10-21-2012 04:00 PM 1837 views 32 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boxkateers….I wanted you to see the latest project. i got my inspiration from many of you who build some really nice boxes; but for this particular project, the inspiration came from Big Al. This was not only fun but it was as easy as falling off a greasy log!! Christmas presents, here I come. Purple heart cut to 5 3/4” width, planed to 1/2”, cut on a 45 to 4 1/2” inside length. Maple for the splined miter joints and top laminate. I added one feature, before glue up, I cut a kerf on panels 1 and 3 to accept a maple slat that holds the tissue box in. I cut the slat to approximate length, tapered the thickness of the ends to go into the kerf, and rounded the corners. To install the slat, I insert it on a diagonal and then straighten it. Tinker a little and you’ll get the length right so it’s tight in the kerfs. Two coats of Tung Oil and two coats of Deft spray lacquer brushing off with fine steel wool in between all the coats. I included the picture of the bland, plain box because I had noticed with some of Andy’s boxes, I remember it looking dull and without detail until he added the finish. All of it suddenly came alive and I remembered this all the way through this project because the purple heart was bland and unappealing until the tung oil was applied. I appreciate your looking and welcome comments and critiques but I want to thank all of you who take the time not only to build but to record it all.

-- Tim Harrelson

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#1 posted 10-21-2012 05:33 PM

Beautiful. Great idea and execution. Love purpleheart, and the tung oil sure brought it to life.

-- No reserve. No retreat. No regrets.

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#2 posted 10-21-2012 08:58 PM

Sweet job on that tissue box! It looks like some accessory out of a high end department store. Very nice!!.........Jim

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

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#3 posted 10-21-2012 11:50 PM

Great Idea with the holidays closing in on us … I think I will “borrow” your great Idea and make a few.
I know that I will not be able to match your artistry.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#4 posted 10-22-2012 12:55 AM

Very nice job. Such a simple item but looks so beautiful.

-- Ben from IL

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#5 posted 10-22-2012 01:25 AM

The finest finish I ever seen.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 10-22-2012 01:44 AM

Beautiful box. Great idea for a gift.

-- Yves

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#7 posted 10-22-2012 02:33 AM

I really like this. Nice job!

-- There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert.

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#8 posted 10-22-2012 02:43 AM

Classy! I like this a lot.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#9 posted 10-22-2012 04:18 AM

Ultra nice box, very good work, great design.

-- Tom D

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#10 posted 10-22-2012 04:21 AM

This box is nothing to sneeze at, great job and beautiful.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 10-22-2012 04:54 AM

Tim, great job here. Thanks for the tip of the hat. You have earned a well deserved “Top Three” with this project. I really like your innovation of the bar in the bottom. Your tissue cover has a beautiful look. Nice choices of wood and the inlays are attractive too. I also am using a first coat of tung oil to bring out the grain on most of my boxes now. I think it deepens the color and grain display.

For others who may be interested this was my posting on tissue boxes. Click

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It includes an easy-to-make clamp system (shown above) and a mandrel design for anyone who wants to make several of these efficiently. Tim, good luck on your Christmas projects if they all turn out as well as this one did you will make lots of friends. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#12 posted 10-22-2012 06:18 AM

Nice photo’s. I think I’m gonna cry…..................

-- mike...............

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#13 posted 10-22-2012 05:40 PM

Very nice project and very nice ’’how to’’ photos.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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