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Project by ScaleShipWright posted 184 days ago 863 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dark wood is apple, do not exactly know what is the light one, I have found it already cut in the woods; it could be bass or poplar or something like that, a creamy, light, quite soft and a bit fuzzy essence.
I cut the various pieces with my Proxxon table saw and made the inlays with hand tools.

This was my first experience with extensive inlays. My technique is very simple: I have printed an image, a Celtic spiral motif found in the web, in two copies; one was cemented to the lid of the box, while I have used the other for the patterns of the inlayed dark wood. Each piece was cut with a jeweler saw (I have an electric scroll saw, but I prefer to cut the tiny and delicate pieces by hand). The apple inlays were about 3 mm thick.
After positioning each piece on the lid (one by one) I have traced its contour with a very thin exacto blade before removing the inner wood with chisels and knife. After gluing the inlay I have removed any protruding portion of the inlay with a very sharp chisel, to have it flush with the top of the lid.
Finished with scrapers and three coats of Danish oil, followed by three coats of furniture wax.

As you can imagine the hardest work was avoiding to make the repeated patterns exactly the same ;-)

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Gary

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#1 posted 184 days ago

Really beautiful work.
Waaaaay beyond my skill level

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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BubingaBill

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#2 posted 184 days ago

Impressive!!
I’m designing a 10 sided case (a Decagon) and the body of your work is along the same lines as mine. How did you cut them???
I need to make mine about 3’ long and I have never made anything like this before!

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!

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stefang

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#3 posted 184 days ago

Nice work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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ScaleShipWright

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#4 posted 184 days ago

Thanks for the comments

Bill, for the mitered corners I set the angle of the blade of the table saw to the correct angle; I imagine the polygon as it was composed by triangles that have their bases equal to the side of the polygon. In my case:

360 / 8 = 45 deg → angle of the upper vertex of the triangle.

the other 2 angles at the base are given by (180 – 45) /2 = 67,5 deg

this is the angle to set the blade to.

In the case of a decagon:

360 / 10 = 36 (upper vertex)

(180 -36)/2 = 72 deg

Hope this helps, BTW 3 feet is a pretty big box!

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BubingaBill

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#5 posted 183 days ago

I’m trying to make a pool cue case that’s all most round.

Here is a link I used for the angles and I found it helpful to see the shape.
http://unionbridgedrums.com/
I’m thinking of ripping my strips just wider then I need. Then setting my angle on the table saw and taping the strips into a jig to run through the saw.

The jig would just be a board with the maximum width dadoed out of one edge ( to fit my strips ).
after cutting one side I just pull out the strip and reverse it and stick it back in and mak the final cut. I’m afraid that I’ll mess it up trying to run all this with just my hands. and I really like my fingers!

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!

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ScaleShipWright

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#6 posted 183 days ago

after cutting one side I just pull out the strip and reverse it and stick it back in and mak the final cut.

did the same with my box, I used a scrap piece to set the fence to the correct distance from the blade, starting from a measure greater that the final and nearing the fence after each cut until I reached the correct width. I agree with you about finger safety.

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lightweightladylefty

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#7 posted 183 days ago

Wonderful box! I really like the design you chose for the lid and your workmanship looks superb. Thanks for sharing.

L/W

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tomd

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#8 posted 183 days ago

Great looking box, nice work.

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shipwright

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#9 posted 183 days ago

Very nice work.
Have you ever considered a chevalet or frame saw?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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hoss12992

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#10 posted 183 days ago

Great job

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deon

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#11 posted 183 days ago

Great work|

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#12 posted 183 days ago

Excellent workmanship!

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ScaleShipWright

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#13 posted 183 days ago

thank you very much for the generous comments.

Paul, sure a chevalet would be a terrific tool for such kind of work, but currently I am so short of time and space that it is just a dream. BTW I really admire the activities of the LJ “chevalet club”.

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