New and old jigs for making Andy's Palm Boxes.

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Project by Bearpaw posted 10-30-2013 03:10 AM 2995 views 18 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The one item that I enjoy making is the Palm Boxes by Andy. I have made 40 at one time to sell for a church fund raiser. The nice thing is it is a great scrap wood project. I have a large national hardwood company close by that lets me go through their scraps and cut offs. I can make one for less than $2.00. By doing them in batches it cuts down on the time.

The NEW JIG is for cutting parts to length the same every time. (Pic. #2). It is simply a piece of plywood with a stop on one end that indexes it to the chop saw base and held in place by the built in clamp. The vertical piece is a stop that keeps the saw from cutting through the base. I installed a scrap of track to hold my stop. (Pic. #3). There are lines that show where to index the stop for cutting the parts to length.

The OLD JIGS are the pivot hole jig and the home made pantograph. Picture # 4 is the jig to locate the holes in the end for the pivot pin. The nice thing is I can attach it to my drill press table. By placing the bit into the hole the jig is automatically positioned. No measurement. In picture # 5 it shows drilling a pivot hole. I added stops to each side to help in positioning the box. The last picture is of the homemade pantograph for routing designs to fill with dyed epoxy as shown in picture # 1. This does increase the cost and time, but you can personalize a box.

I am in the process of making another 30 + for sell raising money for my churches Haiti mission project.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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#1 posted 10-30-2013 03:17 AM

Great job, cool jigs, and worthy cause. Congratulations on a triple hitter!

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#2 posted 10-30-2013 03:29 AM

I love the manufacturing production. Those are great jigs! Good luck on the sale.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 10-30-2013 07:53 AM

Great job and I’m sure they are selling quickly… Great jigs and hope you raise top dollar for your church.

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

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#4 posted 10-30-2013 10:24 AM

Really like that hand made CNC jig, that’s awesome! Nice box too. it looks like you can make different templates for the router jig as well. Question, what is the process to dying epoxy?


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#5 posted 10-30-2013 04:38 PM

Nice little palm box..well done.

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

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#6 posted 10-30-2013 07:04 PM

WOW nice boxes and jigs!!

Where did you find the design for the router jig?? I would like a copy if I could.

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

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#7 posted 10-30-2013 10:48 PM

Nice work and some cool ideas.

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#8 posted 10-31-2013 03:09 AM

Way to go, I like your style.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#9 posted 11-04-2013 07:25 PM

I’m going to ride Blackie’s coat tales and ask the same question about the epoxy. How do you die it and also ask if you could explain how you achieve the look without imperfections in the inlay? I have only messed with trying an epoxy inlay once and I used aluminum dust for color. I had a nice metallic silver quality when finished but I destroyed it trying to sand it smooth!

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

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#10 posted 11-04-2013 09:09 PM

I buy a 2 part epoxy from HD. It is in a kit for about $15.00. You can use the one in the tubes, but it is more expensive that way. Go to an office supply store for your ink. It CAN NOT be water base.

To prepare the wood you need to first spray it with a light coat of a sealer. I use the can spray lacquer. Let it dry well and then rub it with wax. Clean away the loose wax, mix the epoxy and add just a couple of drops ink to color. I have at times used crushed stone. Let it dry well. 24 hours. I then take a sharp chisel to trim the excess off. Let that dry a little more and then sand and finish.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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#11 posted 11-04-2013 09:17 PM

Is the sealer just to keep the color from bleeding or does it do anything else?

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

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#12 posted 11-06-2013 01:28 AM

Having seen them in person I can tell you they look great.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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