Boxes Christmas! In July?

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Project by woodbutcher posted 07-09-2008 02:19 AM 1854 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thought I’d try and get a jump on Christmas this year. My ability to whip something up at the last minute aint what it used to be. These are all from the same mahogany board which will yield ten boxes I hope! The finish which is yet to be applied, will be tung oil. The board cost $63.53 with a unit price of $8.47 bf, now armed with that information please tell me what the dimensions of the boxes should be? Just kidding! I’ll try to post a finished pic later. The little boxes fit inside the big scrolled box. They were the cut outs of course!

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#1 posted 07-09-2008 02:32 AM

These are really nice!

I confess to being a bit stumped by what techniqhe you use to make those rounded corners on your boxes. Care to share with us? :-)

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

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#2 posted 07-09-2008 02:57 AM

Ho, Ho, Ho…really nice looking boxes. I look forward to seeing the finished projects. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 07-09-2008 03:17 AM

These are really unique. Nicely done. I especially like the way you shaped the handle.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#4 posted 07-09-2008 03:55 AM

Finely executed scroll sawing. A lot of folks don’t give scroll sawing a good go and are missing out on a lot of creativity. Keep ‘em coming!

Charlie – you’re a card—- and a dyed in the wool square box guy to boot!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#5 posted 07-09-2008 04:38 AM

Betsy thinks I’m kidding. And calls me a square to boot!

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

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#6 posted 07-09-2008 05:03 AM

Charlie Charlie Charlie—- I’m an old woman, have been around the subspecies known as men a very long time. I have you accurately accessed. You are a dyed in the wool square box guy. That does not necessarily make you a square. Feel better now????? :=)

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#7 posted 07-09-2008 10:49 AM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#8 posted 07-09-2008 12:33 PM

Awesome Box. What material did you use to cut the templete for the top?

-- Jerry

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#9 posted 07-09-2008 01:07 PM

169 days to Christmas and counting <laugh>

Great boxes. A scroll saw is the next tool I talk her into buying me.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#10 posted 07-10-2008 02:19 AM

Ty Folks,
CharlieM1958 since you replied and asked first-let me share with you the rounded corner technique-first all the corners are created at exactly 90degrees so they’re super sharp-I then break out the 1200grit sand paper and apply the lightest pressure possible allowing only the 1200grit heighth on the paper to contact the wood.The paper is wrapped around my special sanding finger and I continue to sand this way until uniformity has been achieved on all four rounded corners. Caution!!!! never try to achieve these results with sand paper smaller in number or larger in grit than 1200. Speed sanding by amatuers results in unwanted removal of good wood! I’ve learned this the hard way!!
Sac and Bake, please let me give credit where it’s due the design was not my own but came from Custom Wooden Boxes for the scroll saw—by Diana Thompson—and published by Fox Chapel .Sac I printed ten copies from the full size patterns in the book and cut the copies out and used spray adhesive to attach the pattern directly to the wood to be cut. Mineral spirits quickly removes the paper and adhesive from the wood when finished. Blake the compound cutting on the handle is really easy with the pattern already drawn out!
Betsy, I appreciate the kind comment, but my fine scrolling takes forever as I’m not very proficient with the scrollsaw yet. I’ve got about 2hours average on each box doing them in mass even.
snowdog, I really wasn’t counting those days left ‘till Christmas, but while I was between projects it just hit me how far I was behind last year and hoped to get a jump this time. Make sure she lets you get a really nice scrollsaw! mine is only the Dremel with the outboard sanding disc, which I can’t use while creating those nicely rounded corners-LOL
Thanks Lumberjocks and Jockette,
KEN McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#11 posted 07-10-2008 03:59 AM

now who’s the card..?

the design might not be yours, but the craftsmanship is… and those’ll make some fine gifts… now to follow your example and get a jump on things myself….

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#12 posted 07-10-2008 05:05 AM

Betsy is right. I guess I’m a dyed-in-the-wool square corner guy. Although I might just break out the spindle sander on some of those square corners and see what happens. :-)

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

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#13 posted 07-10-2008 10:22 AM

That’s a great box design, well executed.

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#14 posted 07-11-2008 04:09 AM

i LOVE those boxes. They remind me of violins. I too am getting ready for Christmas early this year. Jut the other day I maxed out a credit card and ate more fudge than any human could ever possibly need. Just kidding, I love Christmas and the coming of my Lord, but the thought of the Christmas rush gives me the willies.

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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