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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 458 days ago 1244 views 7 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I guess I’m finally getting the hang of this style box, since I was able to turn this one out from start to finish in 3-4 hours labor between Saturday and Sunday.

The primary wood is spalted beech, and the trim is bubinga. I didn’t originally intend to bevel the very bottom of the box, but I had some tearout on the final trimming of the bubinga bottom, and the bevel seemed like the best way to deal with it. The finish is BLO, buffed out on my three-wheel system.

Now for the confession: In some sort of weird brain malfunction that I still do not comprehend, I cut and glued up the four sides of the box, only to realize that something didn’t look quite right when I took off the clamps. I got out my combo square and my scale, and sure enough I had somehow managed to cut one of the short sides of the box about 1/8” longer than the other. Considering the short sides are only 4.5 inches, that’s fairly significant. I debated taking it apart and starting over, but then I figured since the beech was fairly soft, I’d take a shot at sanding the box into square.

Squaring up the box on the belt sander turned out to be pretty easy. Of course that still leaves the inside of the box out of square, but it’s really not noticeable. And I’m calling it a design feature because it assures the lid can only be put on the correct way. Turn it 180 degrees and the keeper is not going to fit into the box.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"





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patron

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#1 posted 458 days ago

win some
fix some

either way

nice box

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JL7

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#2 posted 458 days ago

I like it Charlie…...square or not, gives it some character…

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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SPalm

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#3 posted 458 days ago

Looks nice Charlie.
Boy, that kind of mitered corner bead will show any misalignment. You handled it well.
Nice recovery.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 458 days ago

Thanks.

Steve, the key was to square the box before doing the corner beading. That way, the beading actually disguises the fact that the box has been squared up on a sander.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#5 posted 458 days ago

Awesome looking box Charlie…the woos combo works well together and you did an excellent job of saving the mistake.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#6 posted 458 days ago

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#7 posted 458 days ago

Nice box Charlie and glad to see you overcame your mistake, I wasn’t so lucky, I was doing a jewelry box with a necklace holder measuring 7” wide x 5” deep x 14” high, it was one of my bandsaw wraps, the inner core was alder, the front and back were bubinga and the sides were purple heart (butt joined) well when all sides were glued and dried I had some edge overhang that needed to be sanded down well instead of doing it the right way by sanding it, I thought I could cheat by way of taking it off with a straight edge router bit with a bearing, ah boy was I wrong it took a good size chunk out out, not repairable so I had to scrap the whole project, am now starting over, what a waste of good wood but a learning experience.

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Karson

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#8 posted 458 days ago

That’s what happens when you try to set a speed record. :>}

Nice recovery Charlie.

We were having a fingerjoint class at our Woodworking club. I had a piece of Cherry that had been split into two 3/8” slices. But, the piece was tapered 2 1/2 at one end and 2” at the other. So I cut the wood so that all corners would match and then I cut 2 less fingers on the short end. I got the box all together. It was a challenge but all 4 corners are a different height but the lid sits on perfectly.

Learning new skills will really help you when you screw up something really important.

But it would have been a shame to loose that spalted beech.

Great box.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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degoose

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#9 posted 458 days ago

Like the corners…love the spalting

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CharlieM1958

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#10 posted 458 days ago

Yeah, Blackie, Karson’s right… every time you try to cut corners it ends up biting you in the butt.

I’m still not sure how I mis-cut those sides. I always cut the first side according to the measurement I want, then I cut the opposing side using the first piece as a template. When I finish mitering the second side, I place the two sides together to check that they are identical in length. It’s a pretty foolproof system normally. The only thing I can see is that two things went wrong: I didn’t line up the cut correctly on the second side, and my eyes were playing tricks on me when I held them next to each other to check the lengths.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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CanadianWoodChuck

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#11 posted 458 days ago

Still looks great – nicely done

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jeffswildwood

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#12 posted 458 days ago

That box is beautiful. I do see anything wrong with it. I found that if you never make mistakes, you never learn how to fix them.

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gfadvm

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#13 posted 458 days ago

Beautiful spalted beech and very cool corner treatment. Not sure that I would have “fessed up” to the measuring error. Stop blocks are my friend!

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

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amagineer

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#14 posted 458 days ago

We all make mistakes, Charlie, that is what makes life interesting. The spalted Beech is great. I like the Bubinga corners.
-don

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#15 posted 458 days ago

We wold have never known. Great box, love the corner details

-- Norman

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