My new diet...

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Project by maplerock posted 08-01-2013 02:27 AM 1385 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Time in the workshop is time away from the refrigerator. Time away from the bills and just about everything stressful (except hinges). I am quite sure the time spent in the shop has given me peace of mind and a purposeful hobby. I have not lost weight though, because I am ingesting about the same amount of sawdust as I had been eating potato chips. I am also not really missing the afternoon naps I had become accustomed to. I’ve been sleeping good at night though.

This is a box that I am quite happy with. Mahogany. Honduran Mahogany I believe (still learning my woods). It is a beautiful wood, and luckily I did not make any major mistakes during the construction or finishing. I purposely used the same wood for the box and lid. I think it looks rather classic. A coat of MinWax Tung oil and two coats of Wipe On Poly followed by Johnson’s paste wax.

My wife was gracious enough to cut and glue a faux suede liner into the bottom.

It was fun to build and I hope you like it.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#1 posted 08-01-2013 02:48 AM

Great job.

-- Why does this greenish soft "hardwood" have a lot of friends? Because it's poplar.

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#2 posted 08-01-2013 02:50 AM

Jerry, I really like this box you made and think you are right about it being a classic look. Striped Mahogany is beautiful stuff and that is a great job of finishing. I am sure this box will find a great home.

About that diet…you would lose more if you would quit buying me such good lunches in exchange for shop time. Working with Jerry in the shop has become part of my “Will Work For Food” program. We have had great fun sharing ideas and exploring the art of crafting boxes.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 08-01-2013 03:07 AM

I like it and I think you did a really fine job on this box.

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 08-01-2013 03:25 AM

Very nice. Great job !!

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 08-01-2013 03:29 AM

Thanks Tony, Wayne, & Tate! And you too Al, I’m sure you know that box wouldn’t be there without your guidance! I appreciate everyone’s time and feedback!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#6 posted 08-01-2013 06:32 AM

Very nice box Jerry…. the Mahogany looks great, very nice colour…great job.

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

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#7 posted 08-01-2013 07:00 AM

Very nice. Great job !!

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#8 posted 08-01-2013 11:17 AM

Looks great, nice job!

-- list your handcrafted treasures @ for free!

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#9 posted 08-01-2013 06:59 PM

Great looking box! I love the recess in the front to open it up.

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#10 posted 08-01-2013 07:26 PM

Jerry, this is a really nice box and you’ve done a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#11 posted 08-01-2013 07:37 PM

question, How do account for wood movement with that solid top?

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#12 posted 08-01-2013 08:12 PM

12strings… I have no idea. Good question. I learned to make them this way, but I have no idea how it will stand the test of time. The bottom is plywood set in a dado, not glued. If it makes it about 30 years I won’t have to worry about it.

I would find it depressing if my boxes were to crack and split. :-(

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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