Small Sycamore & Mahogany Checker Storage Box

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Project by 2ol2rac posted 256 days ago 1161 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this small box at the request of a childhood friend to store her checker set. I glued some sycamore to the top and bottom of a piece of mahogany to create a block blank. Next I went to the drill press and bored two holes clear through the block using a 2” Forstner bit, then to the band saw to slice the block in half so that I now had a top and bottom piece. Next I fashioned mahogany sides and glued them to the base only. I finished by sanding to 180 grit, followed by two coats of satin wipe on poly, then waxed. This was my first attempt at a box and the first time I used a Forstner bit which was amazing, as I have only used hole saws in the past, no comparison. I plan to be on the lookout for more sycamore because of its beauty. The mahogany was pulled from the scrap bin and the sycamore a 4’ short given to me by the local sawmill guy. I only had one of the checkers, as shown in the second and third picture to build the set, so I pray that all 24 checkers will fit. I did not make the checker and assume they were pressed? I would like to say that the sycamore showing through to the inside of the box was part of the grand design but in reality a happy accident. I’ll take it.

-- Jim

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#1 posted 256 days ago

Great looking box.

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#2 posted 256 days ago

Very Nice Project Indeed! Thanks For Posting.


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#3 posted 255 days ago

An interesting technique of constuction

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#4 posted 255 days ago

Great design, great execution

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#5 posted 255 days ago

Well done, with elegance

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#6 posted 252 days ago

Great looking box! Interesting design and beautiful wood combo. I’m sure friend loves it. Great job!

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