Fire rescue #1

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Project by bigogre posted 392 days ago 1774 views 11 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was condemned to the fire pit from the very start. The sides are rosewood that I cut from a log and dried in my garage. After a year, the moisture content was down to 7%, so I Prepped the board, book-matching it and mitering the corners for the box. The next day the boards cupped the full length so badly that they would not go together.

After a week of staring at it, I decided to force the issue with several clamps and got it to stay. However, during the clamping process the rosewood, as you might expect, began to argue in the form of crackage. Several hours later, and replacing brute force for finesse, I was able to hide and blend these cracks so that they really are unnoticeable.

I decided I wanted to try my hand at carving the sides of the box, But as I did this, I forgot about the groove on the inside that holds the rail for the shelf. Shaped right into that sucker. Put the box on the shelf for a few months, waiting to see if a solution arose to fix this problem.

Time to clean shop, box in hand, ready to throw it into the burnables pile. (Hot dogs taste so much better cooked over incorrigible projects). When it hit me… bore out the rectangular hole and fill it with powdered coffee and glue. Tried it and it worked! Sanded it up and watched it resuscitate into a beauty, and one of my favorites.

Box is 11×6 x 6 ish, and has a figured maple top, and birdseye maple tray

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 392 days ago

Picture three on the right side in the middle is the hole that was filled with coffee and glue.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#2 posted 392 days ago

So glad this wasn’t used to cook up your dinner… Great looking box, thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#3 posted 391 days ago

looks really great. I’m getting more and more fascinated by these boxes. what kinda finish did you use?

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#4 posted 391 days ago

Great looking box well done…

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 391 days ago

I can see why it is one of your favorites…the story line adds to the beauty ! Thanks for sharing !

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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#6 posted 391 days ago

This is one great looking box, so beautiful! Your in the league with the best!

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

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#7 posted 391 days ago

This box is finished with lacquer and waxed and buffed

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#8 posted 391 days ago

Good save too. Thats some great looking wood.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#9 posted 391 days ago

You did a great job and I don’t think anyone would ever notice any errors if you didn’t point them out…

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

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#10 posted 391 days ago

Great looking box, very nicely done!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#11 posted 391 days ago

Wow! That box owes you big time. Talk about going above and beyond the call of duty… you certainly did. It’s a great box and a great story!

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

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#12 posted 391 days ago

Beautiful looking box, you did a great job, well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#13 posted 391 days ago

I wanna be like you when I grow up! Nice save nice project!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#14 posted 391 days ago

For me, you’re one of my favorite box makers on this site. Every piece is unique and beautiful. Great job again sir.

-- 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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