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Project by Kenny Blackburn posted 461 days ago 1078 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Retirement gift I made (with the help from my good friend Andy Anderson) for a good coworker who just retired last week. I work for the Railroad and the box is made from some oak 3×4 posts off of a flat car. I quarter sawed it on my table saw & planed it down to the same thickness. After I glued my panels up I took it over to Andy’s and he helped me put the rest of it together. We used some walnut that he had in the shop for the panel on the lid and the splines. I didn’t realize that I had quarter sawed the wood until Andy pointed that out to me. I thought that I had messed it up when I cut it cause it had the funny looking rays in the grain. It turned out looking better than I could have imagined. Thanks for all the help Andy.





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gfadvm

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#1 posted 461 days ago

Your finish looks great! And the hinges work! You are quite welcome. I assure you that I had more fun than you did!

Naked Joinery, Do you recognize that walnut?

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

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 461 days ago

Great looking box.

That Andy is a pretty darn nice fella. :-)

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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cajunpen

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#3 posted 461 days ago

Good looking box – I wish I had thought of grabbing some old oak boards when I worked for the Railroad.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Kenny Blackburn

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#4 posted 461 days ago

Yes he is! He has took me under his wing & shown me a lot. Not to mention he has taken a lot of time out of his schedule just to help me.

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nakedjoinery

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#5 posted 461 days ago

Great looking box! I recognize that walnut!!. I wish Andy was 500 miles closer. He’s taught me alot hundreds of miles away.

-- mike c

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doubleDD

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#6 posted 461 days ago

Great work on the retirement gift.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 461 days ago

C’mon guys. Yer embarassing me.

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

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robert triplett

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#8 posted 461 days ago

I don’t normally like Oak, but Oak with a good story is special. Nice work on the box, guys. Be careful helping others learn. The last person I taught to make boxes outsold me at a craft show!! But I would do it again.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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Ken90712

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#9 posted 461 days ago

Great looking box, well done.

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

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JUC

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#10 posted 459 days ago

Very nice box indeed. How is the hinge done? A picture would be wonderful.
Thanks,
Jeffrey

-- If no one will ever see it, all the more reason to make it right

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Kenny Blackburn

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#11 posted 459 days ago

Hope this picture helps JUC. The hinge is just a piece about 3/8” thick & about an inch long glued to the lid & a pin drilled through the side of the box about 1 1/2” long.

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gfadvm

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#12 posted 459 days ago

I call those Patron/Grizzman hinges as they both came up with them about the same time and I liked the look and simplicity.

Patron’s look like these and Grizz’s are longer.

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

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JUC

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#13 posted 459 days ago

Thank you very much!! that looks beautiful. Is the pin drilled through the hing or is it blind?
Jeffrey

-- If no one will ever see it, all the more reason to make it right

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gfadvm

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#14 posted 459 days ago

The hole is drilled through the hinge before it is glued to the box.

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

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JUC

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#15 posted 459 days ago

thank you soo much for the help. I really like that hinge. I think a pin made of brass would look nice.
thanks again for all your information!!
Jeffrey

-- If no one will ever see it, all the more reason to make it right

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