Yup... it's another Box...

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Project by littlecope posted 07-23-2013 08:39 PM 1927 views 1 time favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This time, with Walnut sides and “Hardware”, and Bubinga top and bottom…
The piece of Black Walnut I used was cut from the tree right at the change-over from Heart wood and Sap…Position of cut...

It had streaks of darker wood that I wanted to capture in the wrap-around… But so much was chewed up in the re-sawing and planing that that didn’t work out so good…
My hand plane and I are having a feud, so when I wanted to chamfer the inside edges around the paneling, I tilted the Jointer fence and simply did it with that…Quick inside chamfers...

Three quick, light passes and they’re good to go…
The construction is the same way as I’ve been doing the last few… Those mitered corners save a lot of time!!
I don’t have to fill in the voids left by my un-stopped dadoes and since I’m gluing the things together, I don’t have to spend the time doweling all the corners…A new box begins...

Not much else to add… The Bubinga is still very hard to photograph! Not that it doesn’t look good, it just takes on a whole new look from every angle…
Thanks for your time!!
As always, comments, criticism, and any other observations will be appreciated! :)
23 July 2013

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 07-23-2013 09:02 PM

looks like another match
of your vision
and the woods

glad you got to find some other ways to do it

there is more in this rainbow
than just another box

there is always what you learn
for the build still waiting

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 07-23-2013 10:29 PM

Mike that is a very neat box
It has a great character about it, sharp.
The pic is looking good as well, your photo box is working well

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 07-23-2013 11:03 PM

Micheal, the wood in the top is really special. I like your construction technique and the look it gives the boxes you make. Looking at the inside of the top it appears you need some method of reducing tear-out on complex grains. The options I use are expensive…drum sander and helix head planer. Maybe someone else can suggest a better alternative. This box is another beauty. I like your photographic technique too. Thanks for sharing your work with us. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 07-23-2013 11:05 PM

Gorgeous box, Mike!

Neat idea on the chamfered sides and the mitered corners. I really like the stopped hinges.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 07-23-2013 11:31 PM

Well done Mike. It’s a beautiful box. Is there finish on this Mike? The second photo appears to show some sheen that leads me to believe it has finish on it yet, photos one and two seem absent of finish.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#6 posted 07-24-2013 12:43 AM

I knew this was yours as soon as I saw it! Another winner. Never thought about using the jointer to chamfer an edge. My hand planes often don’t play nice so I can relate.

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

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#7 posted 07-24-2013 12:56 AM

Not another box – but a new beautiful box!
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 07-24-2013 01:03 AM

Nice looking box Mike. I really favorite the bubinga. Great looking hinges too.

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

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#9 posted 07-24-2013 01:38 AM

Very nice box, Mike and great design!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 07-24-2013 02:34 AM

Nice job on that one Mike.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 07-24-2013 02:50 AM

Thanks All!
David: You are a Poet Maestro! Have you had any luck, trying to retrieve your computer’s memories?
Jamie: Thank You Sir… The light box does pretty well, but the darker-wood boxes are not fond of showing their true colors. Good ole Sol will do it, but we’re in the middle of another rain-soaked couple of days here…
Big Al: I, for one, really appreciate your candor my Friend! I was keenly aware of the top’s bottom as I was finishing this piece, as it went from bad to worse. It didn’t show as much before the finish was applied…
I couldn’t plane it any thinner because it was at the very bottom of the machine’s recommended safety level…
A drum sander has been on my to-do list for some time (I’ve had the motor for it for years) but it always ends up on a back burner… I know, excuses, excuses… :)
I ought to just break down and make one! I’ll not be sorry about it later…
Thank You for your kind words about my work… As I’ve said before, Praise from the Praise-worthy, is Praise indeed!
Lew: It’s not the safest procedure! I have to be very careful to not push too hard… The thought of sliding down the fence, and into the cutters, is not a pleasant one…
I got the hinge right this time, unlike the last one! It’s another set of what I’ve been thinking of as “shudderers”; i.e., when it reaches open, they “shudder” slightly to a stop… It’s something that can only be appreciated hands-on, but it’s kinda neat… One of those things that I couldn’t do if I tried, but when it happens… :)
Lenny: Thank You my Friend. I used Wipe-on Polyurethane again for a finish, but this time I was not trying for a really high-gloss look… I did some rubbing after the stuff was applied, to try to subdue it some. On top of that, the light tent tends to mute the finish some… I took a couple pix around the house that perhaps show it a little better…The latestAnother view...
Looking at them again, it doesn’t look like that captured it either… Outside, and in the Sun, is the answer!
Andy: My plane was a bad actor when I was fighting with the Yellow Birch… I spent the better part of a day wrestling with it trying to get the blade just right, but it was a real Goldilocks thing, too much or not enough, never just right…
We haven’t spoken since… :)
Mafe: Thank You Mads! It was you who gave me the idea for the mitered corners on this… I saw them first on the tool tote that you made… You see, you do inspire!
And Thanks to you too Dave, Jim, Jacob and Bob!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#13 posted 07-24-2013 02:55 AM

mike, your sure cranking out some beautiful boxes, i love the walnut bubinga mix, they fit hand in hand..every detail is spot on, thanks for sharing your art with us, its always inspiring..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 07-24-2013 03:45 AM

Thanks Bob… I knew that you would like the Walnut, you mentioned that it’s one of your favorites…
I usually go for more contrast in the woods used, but this one I experimented a little.
The box itself is also a bit more “squarish” than is customary for me, and the subdued finish is different too…
I’m happy with the box, but it has a more “somber” feel to it…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#15 posted 07-24-2013 04:07 AM

Another beautiful box, looks great…well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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