Black Wax Finished Book Box

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Project by CFrye posted 274 days ago 1238 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I first saw this Book Box on WoodWorking for Mere Mortals Thanks Steve for the inspiration and plans! My version is made of red oak. After I cut the covers to size from 1/2” thick boards we got a used planer and I used it to thickness them down to 3/8”. Need to add an out feed platform to the planer. Yeah, snipe pretty much all through the relatively short pieces. Used the table saw to cut kerfs in the spine piece then cleaned it out with a chisel. Then went back to widen it ‘just a hair’. As you can see in pic 4 it also deepened it. :-/
Hind sight says I should have narrowed the tabs on the covers. (Don’t you wish he would speak up sooner?)
The pages box needed a chamfer on the spine edge to allow the top clearance to open. I tried this free hand then made the jig in pic 5. The piece of wood at the bottom of the pic is a section of hand railing with a preformed 45 degree bevel that was perfect for the plane to ride on! A big thanks to LJer TerryR for the Lumberjock style care package containing this Stanley 60 1/2 plane. Awesome little plane!
The lid is hinged with a dowel. Drilling the hole had to be done by hand as it was just a little too tall to fit in the table top drill press. Did not drill straight. So I enlarged the hole in the cover only (barely fit) on the drill press to 3/16” Wax in the cover openings and friction fit in the spine.
On a previous oak project I had a problem with finish not getting into the pores.

So I made some ‘black wax’ to try on this project by combining Johnson’s paste wax and soot from the wood stove. Really liked the test piece and so put it on the book box. You may notice the different settings in the images. That was me trying to capture the true final coloring of the oak with the black wax. Finally got it on the 4th pic.
I did not add a magnet or flocking/felt. I may later. I don’t know.
There it is. I guess this is officially my first box. It’s not perfect. It’s got character :-) Learned a lot.
Thanks for looking and especially for commenting. Feed back helps me learn, good and bad.

-- God bless, Candy

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#1 posted 274 days ago

Neat little box!

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#2 posted 274 days ago

Niftie box, great job!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#3 posted 274 days ago

Looks like some darned woman made that….rofl. Excellent build buddy. I wanted to make one of Steve’s train whistles to torment barney the shop dog with. Ran into the same issue with my DP. Some of my friends with skills made me a new column out of a piece of pipe. Went from a 16” column to a 30”... almost too tall now but problem solved. Anyhow….your book box looks great and if you hadnt mentioned the dowel hole, no one would have noticed…hummm sounds like some advice a certain freind of mine gave

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#4 posted 274 days ago

Well Done,

-- Owen, Lethbridge, Alberta

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#5 posted 274 days ago

Good job Candy

-- Anna

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#6 posted 274 days ago

Looks nice, Candy! Keep ‘em coming!

Glad you like the 60 1/2…notice it is a self-cleanIng plane…and doesn’t leave behind shavings. LOL

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#7 posted 274 days ago

I like it, cool idea. Good idea with the soot to darken and highlight the wood. Nice build.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 274 days ago

Very nice, Candy! It really came out good. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#9 posted 274 days ago

I really like your project and thanks for the info on black wax ! new one on me , I will give that a try.
Fine quality of work – Looks very tidy. I know someone who would love this, so best put this on the TO DO LIST.. Well done .

-- BAZZ, WINDSOR UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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Jim Jakosh

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#10 posted 274 days ago

Nice Fisrt box, Candy. Starting off with a cool hinge to boot!! Way to go, girl!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 274 days ago

First attempts are always special. Nice job, I can see more boxes in your future. I like the hinge detail.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#12 posted 274 days ago

Very nice looking book box! And really unique finish you’ve used—never have seen that before. Keep up the good work!

-- Dean

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#13 posted 274 days ago

Thank you all for your encouragement!
LL, Kelly, Owen and Anna glad you like it.
Buster get up off the floor! Congrats on the DP modification (poor Barney). Smart friends you’ve got there! I didn’t share all of my mistakes. Just the ones I hope others can learn from and avoid. ;-)
Yeah Terry, It’s an unexpected bonus! (insert rolly eyed smiley face)
Thank you Sheila.
Dave, Bazz and Dean the recipe for the black wax is in here We didn’t have any lamp black so hubby suggested the soot. Worked perfectly.
Jim and Ken the hinge took me a lot of tinkering. I’ll do better next time.

-- God bless, Candy

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#14 posted 274 days ago

Very spiffy lil box, Candy. I like how you did the hinges, very kool

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#15 posted 273 days ago

Beautiful work Candy, and I like the jig for the block
plane as well.

Keep doing the good work.

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