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Project by jjw5858 posted 176 days ago 978 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello friends! No better way to get the holidays started than with one of my all time favorites…Halloween! This was a fun and spirited project that I had planned on trying last season, but honestly I just had a heck of a time getting my head around the math for making these angled cuts. Lucky for me that spending enough time watching Roy Underhill in the Woodwright’s shop taught me some basic old fashioned and very effective ways to render this numbers and angles game.

Here is the secret I found that worked for me…stop over calculating it and making it a math problem. Simply grab your bevel angle and record your desired cuts. Make one side and copy the other. I did just that in my own unique fashion. All the miters here are not the standard for this shaped box. I opted for mere butted joints on the ends, but it seemed to work for me and I just went for it!

My entire process here was fun first, and let the tools teach me. It was one of the most fun projects I have made and a sure first with many different things to try. A machine can cut and do many tasks more quickly and accurately versus a beginning hand tool enthusiast. The challenge in performing hand tool work is continuing the exercises in repetition so the hand tool user can someday begin to meet those higher standards of a well earned and experienced craftsperson. Like anything in life, the more you do it the better it can become. This process is extremely gratifying when you recognize all of the work it takes to make the project complete and all that you are gaining in your woodworking knowledge by trying to make it correctly. This is just my first try at such an oblong box exclusively with hand tools only, so there is always more to learn and practice!

I have always enjoyed vintage horror films especially those from the Hammer film company. I would say that if you do not let the inner child outward from your soul to the work bench, then I think you miss many joys of creating things. So you only need a small amount of make believe, a little horror, trusty classic tools and some pine!

For an extra presentation I included a fun little short film with a cameo by the evil pine box itself!

http://youtu.be/xvAWqcg8am0

From one imagination to another, I hope you have a ghoulish good and safe Halloween!

Great shavings ahead! BWAAAAH HAAAAAW HAAAAWWWW HAAAAWWWWWWWW!!!!!!

Joe

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 176 days ago

Looks pretty cool

-- 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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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#2 posted 176 days ago

Love it. Looks great to me, lots of detail. What are the actual dimensions?

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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Blackie_

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#3 posted 176 days ago

Very nice casket, Great minds think alike :) posted mine awhile back. Nice video work as well, enjoyed the film.

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-- 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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WayneC

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#4 posted 176 days ago

Spooky. :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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doubleDD

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#5 posted 176 days ago

Wicked looking. Beautiful job. Where did you get the hardware for the top?

-- --Dave-- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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AnthonyReed

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#6 posted 176 days ago

Ever eloquent. Nice Coffin Joe.

-- ~Tony

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jaykaypur

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#7 posted 176 days ago

Nice casket and nice vid too !

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 176 days ago

Nice casket! is there a certain type of wood stake you have to use to kill a vampire??????
.....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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hoss12992

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#9 posted 175 days ago

Great job

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Roger

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#10 posted 175 days ago

Nice one. I like the lil video as well

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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jjw5858

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#11 posted 173 days ago

Thanks everyone for the comments! Hardware was all bought at Lowes. The top nails were some decorative hammered furniture nails that I thought would add to the gothic look of it. I hope you all had a great Halloween, be well!

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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helluvawreck

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#12 posted 173 days ago

Nice work. It will hold a lot of halloween candy and is just what you need sitting around at this time of year.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Mauricio

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#13 posted 155 days ago

Very cool!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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