Yard sale western cedar

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Project by Jay Nolet posted 09-23-2013 12:14 AM 1529 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went to a yard sale last year and found some cedar pieces about a foot long. This is what I ended up with. With this box, I found out how really important placement of the hinge pin is (first time with hinge pin). I thought I had it right. Right up until after glue up. I had to get in there and sand the radius of the lid (back side bottom). Picture three shows it. Picture four inside bottom is just wrong angle photography. I didn’t put a finish on the bottom so that the cedar aroma would waif up when opening the box. It didn’t work. Picture five is the top. I used the router to put stop splines down the length of the corners to mate the front and back with the sides It worked out better than expected. Thanks for the look.

Jay Nolet

-- I think, therefore I think I am.

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#1 posted 09-23-2013 12:45 AM

Jay, nice use on the stopped chamfers for feet. Clever and elegant at the same time! I like it.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#2 posted 09-23-2013 12:49 AM

beautiful box jay, red cedar is a favorite of mine, and you certainly have done a good job here…thanks for sharing it with us…

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#3 posted 09-23-2013 01:42 AM

Very nice job on this box. I can smell it here in Virginia!

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#4 posted 09-23-2013 10:30 AM

Beautiful box Jay…western cedar is a beautiful wood with it’s contrasting colours.
Excellent job.

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

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#5 posted 09-24-2013 12:53 AM

I like everything about this one. Especially like the “feet”. In my opinion, all boxes need feet! That cedar has some great grain and color.

That looks more like EASTERN Red Cedar (aromatic) than WESTERN Red Cedar as the western rarely has that red color.

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

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#6 posted 09-24-2013 01:45 AM

gfadvm – you are right sir. I mistyped. It is eastern cedar. I knew that.

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#7 posted 09-24-2013 02:06 AM

I knew you did! Just had to jerk yer chain.

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

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#8 posted 09-26-2013 02:17 PM

Awesome box! Great design, gorgeous wood and flawless finish. Great job!

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