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Project by LeChuck posted 12-25-2012 02:38 AM 1075 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello,

Well, nothing spectacular here but it is the first project that I post, and it’s not even a crosscut sled! (I can’t seem to get around to finishing that one).

This was made this weekend in a rush as an additional gift for my son, as I remembered he mentioned wanting a box for his marbles. It is 9×5, a bit bulky and heavy for transporting marbles around but it will probably turn into a knick-knack box…This one has a notch towards the bottom from a quick slip up at the disc sander, but it probably won’t take long for it to get notched up even more in the hands of a 9 year old.

Main construction is 1/2” baltic birch plywood, and the lid is cherry.

I was actually making 2 of these, but I made a big mistake (one that I couldn’t fix, that is) during glue up in my haste and when I noticed it, I could no longer force it apart. Most joints are tight and the glue set very quickly.

The finger pull on the lid was started with a forstner bit to get the main shape, then carved out with a gouge.

Also, the plywood loves to splinter or even explode (even with backers) when making those small box joints, and I learned that the glue-up part is nerve wracking.

Finish is danish oil (Watco).

David

-- David - Tucson, AZ





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 12-25-2012 02:50 AM

Nice job. I like the lid on these.

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

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#2 posted 12-25-2012 06:57 AM

Nicely done.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 12-25-2012 01:55 PM

Nice- love the finger joints. I have a box similar to that for my chess pieces but not near the quality of yours.

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Roger Gaborski

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#4 posted 12-25-2012 03:03 PM

Nice looking box. I especially like the contrast between the top and bottom of the box. I’m sure your son will especially treasure the box since it was made by his Dad.
Roger

-- Roger Gaborski, http://www.gaborski.com

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#5 posted 12-26-2012 12:09 AM

I bet the marbles will always be in it and his children will play with it. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#6 posted 12-26-2012 12:09 AM

Thanks for the comments! The box was well liked but there was also a PS3…

-- David - Tucson, AZ

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#7 posted 02-23-2014 10:26 PM

That’s beautiful. Some really nice box joints too.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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