Light Box for a friend's new baby

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Project by Eddie posted 03-20-2013 05:32 PM 1300 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally finished a side project I’ve been meaning to wrap up for a month or so.

I chose to make it the way I did because it used all that I have learned about woodworking so far and nearly every major tool in my shop.
I am new to woodworking and have only recently acquired my scroll saw, table saw, dado blades, router, and hand planes.
I also made my first box-joint jig for the project.

This project was full of firsts for me and I am pleasently surprised with how it turned out.

I have learned a lot from it, the largest being the necessity of using decent wood instead of the HD special (tear out was hard to avoid).
And strips of painters tape while cutting box-joints helps a lot to avoid it.

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#1 posted 03-20-2013 05:39 PM

looking good Eddie

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#2 posted 03-20-2013 06:15 PM

Nice box joints! I really like the giraffe also. How long did it take you to cut that out on the scroll saw?

-- "Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone." -- Pablo Picasso

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#3 posted 03-20-2013 06:18 PM

Hello Eddie

A good idea with nice box joints

I like it

Thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 03-20-2013 06:30 PM

Thanks guys!

It probably took the least amount of time of the project (maybe 2-3hrs? including drawing the sketch on the workpiece) I could only do it in 20-30min intervals during my daughters nap time so I dont know for sure.
I think the need to take out the blade and readjust for each hole took the longest.
Ive seen a lot of people on here talk about how they do not like the spiral blades on the scroll so but they were great for me.
For example, the leaves I wanted to be a little thicker than the blade so that more light came out. With the sprial blade I was able to trace the leaves and then run it back through the cut so it took off a little more.
Also, not having to turn the work piece for each corner/circle was more convinent.

And thanks for the praise on the box joints, it was the part I was most nervous about.
To be honest, the side im showing is the best, the other sides have some small tear out that I filled and sanded. But I think only people like us on this site would really notice, I tend to be especially picky about my own work.

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#5 posted 03-20-2013 07:31 PM

I want to say to one to say to one scrollsawer to another that is on great job! I use the spiral blades when I work on my projects keep up the good work.

-- Todd

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#6 posted 03-20-2013 07:34 PM

What type of paper did you use the backing?

-- Todd

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#7 posted 03-20-2013 08:48 PM

Thank you!! I took a look at a few of your projects and hope that I can manage that kind of detail eventually, great stuff!

It is a stiffer fabric, not so much a paper.
My wife had it for a craft project she was doing so I dont know the name of it.

But it lets air out easily and is not flammable so it seemed to be a good fit.
Plus it mutes the light to a soft glow rather than projecting light.

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