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New legs... new lift... Ambrosia Maple?

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Project by maplerock posted 301 days ago 1294 views 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ambrosia Maple, walnut splines, and a top that might be oak… not absolutely sure.

I have been spending a lot of time in the workshop. I am the kind of guy that is easily bored, so I try new things quite a bit. I wanted a different kind of lift for my box and found an oriental (?) design. Never did it before and probably did it wrong, but it came out OK. Only glue holds the circle and the lift… I hope it holds.

And I like the legs, they look good… but when I opened the box more than 90 degrees, it was tipsy.

I thought of several ways to fix it. First I put a chain on the lid. That helped a lot. Still though it needed to be a little more stable. I pondered and pondered. I would melt some lead… drill out the legs and pour the molten metal into the holes. But wait… would that set my box on fire? Char the wood? What if I miss the hole? Nix that idea.

Finally I decided to use a scrap of wood from the original board I had used for the box and glue it to the underside between the legs. That would add some weight. I did it, and it is stable enough. Next time I will extend the legs out to a wider, more stable point.

I am learning more everyday. Getting a little better. I didn’t even have any kickbacks yesterday on the table saw!!!
Thanks for looking, your comments are always appreciated!

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





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 301 days ago

Learning every day is a good thing. I really like the box. Very nice looking work. I like the fact that you used your imagination and experiment some. Not only do you learn, but you give some of us ideas as well.

-- 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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kiefer

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#2 posted 301 days ago

Very nice looking box and the lift looks great .
The legs are very pleasing and lift the box nicely.
You could try some round lead into a drilled hole and secure it with glue .
You did not mention the wood species and should add some inside pics .

-- Kiefer 松

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Surfside

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#3 posted 301 days ago

You did it right! That’s a very beautiful box! Nice wood. The design is outstanding.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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maplerock

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#4 posted 301 days ago

Thanks Monte, Kiefer, and Surfside. Your comments are MUCH appreciated! I added some more pics, and as for species… wish I had a better pic of the top. I think it’s oak of some kind.

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

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aussiedave

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#5 posted 301 days ago

Beautiful box… really like the legs…great build.

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

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#6 posted 301 days ago

Innovation and creativity always saves the day…and you came up with some new ideas in the process.
Very nice.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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HillbillyShooter

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#7 posted 301 days ago

Great design elements, nicely incorporated in a very attractive box.

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

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 301 days ago

It’s always fun to try new designs and new woods. That one turned out nice. That top looks like red oak from here.

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

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 301 days ago

Very cool

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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tefinn

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#10 posted 301 days ago

Don’t you love it when playing around turns out great. That maple makes the box. Good job.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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Blackie_

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#11 posted 301 days ago

I’m like you Jerry, I like changing up things and pushing for new designs, very nice box.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Ken90712

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#12 posted 301 days ago

Great work,,, Love the splines….

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

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Andy

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#13 posted 301 days ago

I like your spirit and this box. Nice handle!

-- If I can do it, so can you. www.artboxesbyandy.com

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robert triplett

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#14 posted 300 days ago

Just getting a little wood ‘fix’ before going off to my second graders. Nice design. Sounds like you are enjoying yourself!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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DeLayne Peck

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#15 posted 300 days ago

Excellent, Jerry! It has a great look! “What if I tried this” is the fun of it! Love tinkering!

Looked up the Knobs of Southern Indiana. Wasn’t what I hoped, but sounds like you live in a beautiful area.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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