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Project by Tooch posted 04-08-2013 10:38 PM 1906 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like all fun projects, this one started out with a mistake. I was trying to show students that you can reuse even the smallest pieces of wood, so I decided to make a series of small boxes. The only problem was that when I made the box joint jig for my table saw, I wasn’t planning on using it for stock less than 1/2” thick.

So- rather than modify the jig, I figured I would just sand down the overhang. When I dry-fitted it all together, I liked the way the overhanging joints looked, so decided to keep it. One of my students said it looked like a log cabin, so that’s the official name of this new project!

Made from scraps of oak that I resawed down to 1/4”. stained with Red Chestnut and finished with 2 coats of lacquer. Flocked the inside with suede-tex and hand flocker.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails





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#1 posted 04-08-2013 10:52 PM

Very nice box and I am sure all the kids like it.

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#2 posted 04-08-2013 11:17 PM

That worked out as a nice save Torch…..There are no mistakes in woodworking, just modifications..!
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#3 posted 04-09-2013 12:47 AM

Cool little box. Dimensions please?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 04-09-2013 01:09 AM

very nice.

-- Todd

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#5 posted 04-09-2013 01:10 AM

overall outer dimensions are 6” Long x 4” deep x 3” tall. Hinge is 4” long.

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#6 posted 04-09-2013 01:10 AM

finger joints are 1/4”

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#7 posted 04-09-2013 01:59 AM

Like the look, great job

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

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#8 posted 04-09-2013 02:37 AM

Tooch- thanks

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#9 posted 04-09-2013 11:56 AM

What an interesting design. It does have that log cabin rustic feel.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#10 posted 04-09-2013 12:21 PM

It’s neat when an “Oops” turns out to be a “Ahh”

Nice box

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#11 posted 04-09-2013 02:36 PM

Well that sure is one of the best mistakes I ever did see! I’m always looking for something unique and I have found another to admire here! Great looking little box! A+

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#12 posted 04-09-2013 04:19 PM

Very nice, different which is a good thing. Should be a big hit…

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 04-09-2013 04:23 PM

Unusual but actually looks good.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#14 posted 04-10-2013 03:02 AM

Outstanding!

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#15 posted 04-10-2013 09:16 PM

That looks perfect to me. Like log cabins and like your design very much. Great job!

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