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Project by robscastle posted 08-20-2013 06:26 AM 1641 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing Montes post on “Not fit to Burn Box it reminded me of when I was working at a Cubby House building business.
The owner John made some very up market Cubby Houses, some were Western Red Cedar.
One day I saw all the off cuts of WRC in a bin and asked what he was going to dowith them?

Burn them in his stove was his reply!

Oh they will smell very nice I replied

At the end of the day I asked if I could have eight pieces to build something , he said sure help yourself.

So I selected a few pieces of material and went home, over the weekend I sawed them up butt jointed some of them together to make the lids.

And the rest is in the photos

The frames are rabbeted together with contrasting timber back filled in the remaining grooves.

The names were cut with my scroll saw along with the greyhound, no prizes for guessing where I got the greyhound profile from!

I lined the one for Alma, but left the CCAF bare as I thought he would use it in the shop.

When I returned and gave it to John you could have knocked him over with a feather when he saw the result.

I think he took it home for the lounge room!


-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 08-20-2013 07:59 AM

Nice box, compliments

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#2 posted 08-20-2013 04:43 PM

Very nice.
What was your build time?

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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#3 posted 08-20-2013 09:03 PM

Build time was about 8 hr however,
The build was conducted over 2 days on the weekend this included prep work and some glue up day 1
then an overnight glue set Final finishing and asembly day 2 then again final glue up time.
So in reality it took two days and 2 overnight sessions of glue up set time

As it was done part time between “other weekend Jobs” if the time was broken down into ideal times The result would look something like this.

Sort and match timbers 15m
Resaw the lids 15m
Glue up the lids 15m + overnight glue set time
Set up the shaper to route the legs 15m
Route the rabbets 30m
Cut the sides to fit 30m
Dry assemble of both units 30 m
Glue up carcase 15 m + overnight
Set up and profile lids 15m
Cut rabbit enfil sections 15m
Sanding 30m
Finishing oil 10m
Final assembly 45m each box
Internal furnishings of one box 45m + overnight glue set time ( for accessories)

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 08-20-2013 10:48 PM

Those are great.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#5 posted 08-20-2013 11:04 PM

nice work there robert

interesting box design

i’m guessing from one of those busses
that go to the track

round trip ticket up front
so you can get back home broke

-- 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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#6 posted 08-21-2013 12:14 AM

Very nice boxes Rob…You did an excellent job…

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

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#7 posted 08-21-2013 12:28 AM

I love that you took one back to the source. I know in construction, miles of materials become scrap: Treasure, for those with vision, talent and determination. Well done!

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#8 posted 08-21-2013 12:29 AM

Very nice job!
I love the scrolled letters with the grain running through them!

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

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#9 posted 08-21-2013 05:01 AM

Great job and very creative. Love the scroll work

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#10 posted 08-21-2013 05:49 AM

That’s a really nice job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 08-21-2013 11:43 AM

I likes em

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

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