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Project by Hookedin posted 431 days ago 757 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first real woodworking project, a small box for my wife for mother’s day. It is made from cupped home center maple with paduk. Miters et all were done with my new to me, and first, TS, which I picked up a couple weeks ago on the advice of a couple members of this site.

I’m relatively happy with how things turned out. A couple of the splines ended up with a gap that i filled with thin slivers of maple(last pic, not sure if this was the best fix.) Finishing turned out interesting though. It is finished with 4 coats of aerosol shellac. Learned 2 lessons, each causing a complete resanding / finishing. First, THOROUGHLY remove dust before finishing. It looked like the paduk bleed into the maple. Scared the crap out of me till I noticed that it was just dust. Second, don’t get frustrated and apply so much shellac that it forms ridges all over the lid.

Thanks for looking
Michael





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 431 days ago

For a first it looks great. The lessons get less harsh in time, but they are always there.

-- 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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LookingGlass

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#2 posted 431 days ago

Nice box. We learn as we go…please do not get disappointed. Even the best have a “why did I do that” moment.

Ed

-- Take care.....Ed

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 431 days ago

Looks better than my first box for sure!

Look at Black Cherry’s blog about shellac application. It is quick, simple, cheap, and idiot proof (the main reason I use it).

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

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jman75

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#4 posted 431 days ago

I like it! Simple but a little touch of class. What I usually do is take my router and round off the mitre joints. Yeh I usually wind up with my splines coming up short too. Usually I just fill it in with the same wood as the splines with leftover dust and a little glue. Roll the glue and dust up in a booger and shove it in the space! Wait for maybe an hour or two for good measure of dryness and fine block sand the little mess. When I mess up a box…..I break out the grinder and make an Andy art box! It gets easier with repetition. Try dovetailing the joints….talk about a first time PITA! Practice on scraps…if not you’ll hurl a few chunks of good wood across the shop! I usually poly mine…brush on or spray. If it gets dust in it just lightly sand theclear with say 800 to 1000 grit ssandpaper and hit it with a buffer and maguires compound and it shines!

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TheTalkingGrape

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#5 posted 430 days ago

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Chad256

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#6 posted 430 days ago

Great job on your first box! I learned a TON on my first also. You should be proud, it looks great. Thanks for sharing

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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helluvawreck

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#7 posted 430 days ago

It’s wonderful work for a first time project. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Grumpymike

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#8 posted 430 days ago

Hey Michael,
Nice lookin’ box there. Nice use of wood and grain.
you know, if you make a mistake on your project you have to go to the back of the parade … :)
I look at these little ‘damnits’ as a lesson on how to fix it and avoid it next time.
(yeah, Ive had alot of lessons) ... your ‘fix’ as well as your project turned out well.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it.

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Fishinbo

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#9 posted 427 days ago

Looks good even with simple design. Very nice splines and use of contrasting woods. I bet she appreciates it, you have to make more.

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