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Project by Chris Cook posted 08-15-2013 12:34 AM 1656 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a project to test a technique I wanted to use for a project I am working on now. It worked out so well that I decided to finish it out.

I have been making boxes using Martyn’s EZ Mitre technique and really like that technique. The only down side is the amount of wood wasted for some projects. I decided to just go with straight-up miter cuts to achieve the same results.

In order to improve my miter cuts and get them closer to dead-on, I made a new crosscut sled specifically for when my tablesaw blade is set to 45 degrees. I spent a good amount of time getting this sled square to the blade and it worked out pretty well.

I pick up these walnut burl blocks from my lumber supplier. They are about 12” x 4” x 4” and they produce some of the greatest looking boards for small projects. I featured one of these for the top of this box. I wanted it to be mitered flush to the top. The overall dimensions were dictated by the walnut top dimensions, so it is a bit of an odd size.

The sides are made with a type of pink heart / white wood that looks similar to a pine, but is not pine. The last picture shows the unfinished wood, so please help with the identification if you can. I used more of the walnut for the inlay.

After glue-up I cut the lid off and used more walnut for the inside lip.

I finished it with tung oil and wax. Turned out pretty nice.

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#1 posted 08-15-2013 12:44 AM

Pretty nice looking overall with beautiful walnut top.

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#2 posted 08-15-2013 02:04 AM

That is WAY better than “pretty nice”!

I love your “logo/medallion” in the lower corner. How did you do that? I think your initials work better in a logo than mine would.

No help here on the wood ID

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#3 posted 08-15-2013 11:03 AM

Keep the boxes coming.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 08-15-2013 10:47 PM

Thanks much. It’s funny how things work out. I do a lot of ‘test’ projects to see if a technique is going to work. Since there is usually no pressure for perfection in the test project, they turn out darn good!! Well, many times any way.

To answer your question about the medallion Andy: I am fortunate enough to work with some cool equipment and one such device is a wire EDM. We are always doing small scrap test cuts before doing actual cuts so occasionally I cut one of these for the test. Use them as markers on my projects.

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#5 posted 08-16-2013 12:29 AM

“wire EDM”, I’m clueless but will Google it to educate myself.

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#6 posted 08-18-2013 10:32 AM

Looks 1st class to me

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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