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Project by Echofive posted 09-04-2013 06:27 PM 1261 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this recipe box from 1/2” oak with 1/4” finger joints. This was my first attempt at finger joints and I quickly found they’re only as good as the jig. Overall I’m pleased with the outcome of the box. The finish is a distressing technique I learned on an auto show. Spray paint the whole thing black, let it dry, then wipe it down with acetone. The black stays only in the deep coarse grain. I used a Golden Honey stain to warm the wood back up. Prior to this the grain was raised and sanded to 220. 3 coats of shellac dried nicely, and after a light buffing with 4X steel wool, 3 coats of satin polyurethane laid down nice and smooth, with a light buffing between each coat. I used a brown paper bag and paste wax to rub this gem to a dull sheen. I didn’t want it glossy. I’m really pleased with the way this turned out considering every next move was a learning opportunity.

-- Chip, Virginia





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gwolfe1977

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#1 posted 09-04-2013 06:39 PM

Very nice. I especially like the groove it the top to hold the recipe. Good thinking!

-- Gary,Nebraska

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Gary

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#2 posted 09-04-2013 06:39 PM

Beautiful work. You were too modest to point out the grain on the sides matching the edge of the top, but I gotta say, clever.

-- Cheers -- g

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Echofive

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#3 posted 09-04-2013 06:41 PM

Hat’s off, Gary’s. Thank you very much. And no, the matching grain didn’t happen by accident :)

-- Chip, Virginia

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#4 posted 09-04-2013 07:41 PM

Very nicely done—looks great and I like how your distressing technique worked.

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

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Tooch

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#5 posted 09-04-2013 09:45 PM

nice job! how did you get the angle cut without messing up the pattern of the box joints?

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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CJay

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#6 posted 09-05-2013 02:50 PM

I nice little piece, and the groove in the top is a fantastic idea.

-- Chris Boreham, Oxfordshire, UK - http://www.chrisboreham.co.uk - http://throughwoodeneyes.tumblr.com/

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Fishinbo

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#7 posted 09-09-2013 02:48 PM

Great looking recipe box! Like the distressed look and the effective technique. Great job!

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Echofive

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#8 posted 09-16-2013 12:31 PM

Thanks y’all! I learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t work. I loved the dirty oak finish, and I was pleased with how easy the box joints were once you take the time to set up your jig properly.

Tooch,
Good question, and I had to think back to how I did it. I used a coping saw. I’m glad you noticed that. It was a tricky decision. Many things would have been easier if it had been a flat closure.

-- Chip, Virginia

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Tooch

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#9 posted 09-17-2013 08:31 PM

that is really cool- I was racking my brain trying to figure that out. I… just…. got… inspired!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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