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Sonic the Hedgehog, spinning saw blade, or Native American Basket--You decide

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Project by grace123 posted 02-08-2013 08:51 PM 1054 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Once again I tip my hat to those who have shared their skills in making wooden quilt block designs. I am still trying to get super accurate joints and cuts so my pieces line up perfectly.

This box makes me think of several things. The first is Sonic, the Hedgehog, of video game fame. Sonic is a little guy who runs and spins. The second is spinning table saw blade. Finally the top of the box reminds me of Navajo wedding baskets. The last picture shows the box with the lid open and three pieces of Navajo jewelry resting along side. I have two bracelets and one necklace in the picture. These were made by Navajo silversmiths. The second and third pictures show the box open. The lid fits snugly on the body of the box. I made a round “button” on the front of the box to make is easy to align the body and lid. I made splines on alternating corners of walnut. The bottom of the box is made of 1/4 inch birch veneer plywood. The body of the box is made from Douglas fir. The top of the box is made from cherry, aspen, walnut and yellow heart. The finish is clear shellac.





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Ampeater

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#1 posted 02-08-2013 09:39 PM

Nice box and nice workmanship.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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dustbunny

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#2 posted 02-08-2013 09:54 PM

You are out of control !! LOL
Another fine looking project.
I like the recess for the circle closure on the lid, nice touch :-)

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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luv2learn

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#3 posted 02-08-2013 10:41 PM

Your box caught my eye. My wife is on her third quilt this year and I never gave using quilt block designs fir wood patterns a thought. Your box is a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. I am going to look at the rest of your projects.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 02-08-2013 11:42 PM

To dustbunny: Maybe I can find a 12-step program :)

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teeparties

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#5 posted 02-09-2013 12:31 AM

This is beautiful.

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SPalm

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#6 posted 02-09-2013 12:42 AM

Nice. I like it a lot.

I can relate with getting geometric designs like that to all line up. The miniscule errors just compound when you use so many pieces. Cutting boards are more forgiving because you can fill up the gaps with glue, and end-grain swells up to fill the voids.

Keep it up,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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dustbunny

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#7 posted 02-09-2013 02:49 AM

My secret to lining up the pattern…..
A square.
I mark a 90 deg cross line through the center,
Clamp my square to the lines which divide the layout into quarters.
Then I glue and press the pieces into the square.
Let that dry, then use a straight edge on the remaining lines one quarter at a time
using the dried section edge as the other edge of the 90.

If this is unclear I can post pics…

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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#8 posted 02-09-2013 06:47 AM

Try a pentagon if you want to sharpen your cutting skills

-- Dreaming patterns

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#9 posted 02-09-2013 08:13 PM

Either way it is a very well made and designed box.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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dustbunny

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#10 posted 02-09-2013 11:41 PM

Okay Grace123 here are the pics from todays first quadrant glue up.

Clamped the square to the lines -

Pressed the pieces into place -

Then removed and placed the square for the second glue up -

And so on….
You may need to remove the glue along the edges with a chisel or razor blade before laying down your second quadrant as the glue does begin to dry on the edges as you glue up. You want to ensure that the wood pieces will mate up and not be held apart by dry glue. Is it perfect…..NO, due to small variances in the cuts of the pieces the alignment may still be off a bit. It does help keep everything from sliding around though.

Edit- I put clear tape on my square to keep it clean :-)

Hope this is helpful,

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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grace123

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#11 posted 02-10-2013 12:09 AM

Oh Thanks a million!!! This is exactly what I needed. And as I was reading, I wonder how you kept your square clean, but read far enough down and got the comment about the clear tape. I am really motivated to try this.

PS—Are you in lots of snow with Nemo? I am in winter storm Orco, but it so far has been just a little bit of snow—absolutely nothing to worry about.

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dustbunny

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#12 posted 02-10-2013 02:07 AM

I don’t put glue on the edge that is against the square.
The only glue that gets on it is the squeeze out.

Nemo left 24” here. Not looking forward to Orco !!

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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#13 posted 02-10-2013 11:18 AM

This reminds me that I promised to do a blog on stick work which I never did.

PROTECT YOUR SQUARE BY EDGING IT WITH MASKING TAPE OR PUT SOME CLEAR WRAP AROUND IT.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 02-11-2013 03:24 AM

IIIIIIII LLLLIIIIIIIIIKKKKKKEEEEEE IIIIIITTTTT!!!!!!
Great Job!!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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