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Project by GeneR posted 146 days ago 934 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey guys sorry i haven’t put up a big project since the gun case but here it is my second keepsake / jewelry box which I have lovingly nicknamed the OH @#%&!!!!!!!! Box. :-)

This like a lot of my projects are experimental in how far i can push my self which usually ends up in failure and a lot and I mean a whole lot of cursing at my screw up. But I usually find away to fix or change the project on the fly hence the term “design on the fly”

This box is made from fiugured cherry that i had lying in my shop and an aromatic cedar top with a dyed copper top inlay. It started as a simple cherry box with 45 degreed corners and then i had the idea to make the splines look like they were stitched. So I marked everything out drilled 1/4” holes where the splines were going then used a plug cutter and made cedar plugs to match the lid (notice no cedar plugs in the box grrrrrr!) after gluing up and flush cutting the plugs i cut the splines which for some reason didn’t line up once they were cut, more cursing here loudly (the splines were to stop halfway through the plug) so back to the drill press which I do not have a table with a fence but will be rectifying in the near future. Looking around the next logical step was 3/8” walnut dowls, so i align everything and drill holes, upon inspection more cursing ensued as some of the dowels were not centered. Looking around the shop I found a 3/4” oak dowel and realized the problem was i did not have a good fence and some of the splines were cut wrong due to moving in the jig (1 more project to the shop upgrade list). At this point I had already glued the splines in. Then got the not so brilliant idea to put walnut dowels to contrast the oak giving a bullseye effect, I drilled and drilled and drilled some more. On ispection the cursing ensued once again. But they were left and no changing them at this point, andd maybe i was being to much of a perfectionist.

As the box dried i cut the cedar for the lid and test fitted the copper top and realized the 45s on the lid were not 45 degrees so let more cursing and a lot of sanding commence. I used a round over bit on the inside edges of the lid to give more of a finished picture frame look and i did plan on this lid overhanging the box. I noticed a smudge on the what I had believed to be an oxidized copper top so naturally i grab the alcohol and proceeed to wipe the entire hand stained finish off the copper. (cursing here loud enough for my neighbors to as well as a few things being thrown):-( , several days of trial and error and i refinished the copper as it is. And i glued the top up after prefinishing and waxing the pieces. Once glued i drilled dowel holes to lock in the corners of the lid an glued them in and flush cut. Then chamfered the top later on and had to refinish it again and there was more cursing.

As the @#%& lid was drying i went to hand plane the box to remove the biggest parts of glue as well as flatten all the splines before final sanding and finishing. This is where i realized poplar splines were probably not the best choice, as upon inspection again i noticed some of te corners chipped out of the splines while planing and then there was more cursing. After i went in and had several crown and cokes ,to soften the blows to my ego, i came up with the idea to chamfer the whole box an te lid to match, which I think came out rather nice. I sanded and finished the box with watco cherry danish oil and about 4 coats of semigloss laquer.
As i was getting ready to put the hinges on i realized the insie of the box top looked terrible with plain ply which was what backed the copper, just a little cursing here. So this is were I quickly educated my self on veneering and off to woodcraft to get cedar veneer for the top. The inside bottom is just sticky backed felt lining. For a first time veneering job i am alright with the way it turned out minus the cursing that went with the whole softening process, which will be for another story.

Finally the hinges went on and the box was waxed and polished with howards orange oil. So here it is and i hope you enjoyed my miserable journey once again. I also hope my neighbor appreciates all the work and headache that went into this box.

For an obsession that is so stressful I don’t know why I so enjoy it.

Let me know what you box experts think I am always open to criticism and new ideas.

-- Failure is always an option. :-)





14 comments so far

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mariva57

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#1 posted 146 days ago

It seems to me well done, compliments.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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HillbillyShooter

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#2 posted 146 days ago

Looks like a nicely done job to me—congratulations.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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poospleasures

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#3 posted 146 days ago

Hey man , looks pretty good to me. Don’t ya just love the learning process. You are showing signs of a real woodworker as you are covering your mistakes very well. I been doing this a long time and learn a new way to cover something everyday.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning. Vernon

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aussiedave

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#4 posted 146 days ago

Very nice keepsake box…the splines are very unique…nice job.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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Boxguy

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#5 posted 146 days ago

Gene, I like the result here. The box is lovely. I can’t say much for the process. It seems to be a matter of jumping into a burning building and then deciding to fight your way out. I know you are big on turning, but if you decide to build more boxes may I suggest this as a source of ideas and information. There is an index at the end you might enjoy using.

I find that a simple clamping straight edge makes a great fence for my drill press. Add a 24 inch 3/4 plywood board bolted to your drill press table and then use a clamping straight edge as a guide fence. Remember drill bits are round so all that matters is the distance from the bit edge to the fence. The fence doesn’t have to be square with anything. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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Boxguy

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#6 posted 146 days ago

Gene, I like the result here. The corner splines and dowels are especially attractive. While the box is lovely, I can’t say much for the process. It seems to be a matter of jumping into a burning building and then deciding to fight your way out. I know you are big on turning, but if you decide to build more boxes may I suggest this as a source of ideas and information. There is an index at the end you might enjoy using.

I find that a simple clamping straight edge makes a great fence for my drill press. Add a 24 inch table bolted to your drill press table and then use a clamping straight edge as a guide fence. Remember drill bits are round so all that matters is the distance from the bit edge to the fence. The fence doesn’t have to be square with anything. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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kiefer

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#7 posted 146 days ago

I do not enjoy some ones misery but enjoy seeing the endurance and innovation to see the project to the finish .
Full credit on this box even if you found some minor deficiency’s that distract you but not others .
Well done and thanks for posting this so we all can learn .

-- Kiefer 松

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hoss12992

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#8 posted 146 days ago

Great job and absolutely love the splines stitched together

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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GeneR

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#9 posted 146 days ago

I really appreciate all the positive feedback I am always my own worst critic but I guess thats what forces me to continue to out do my self. I see some of Kiefers work and it makes me want to sell everything Iin my shop. Lol but one day I might make something on his level. Lol
Thanks again.

-- Failure is always an option. :-)

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Lenny

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#10 posted 145 days ago

Gene, let me say that I agree, it is a nice looking box. More importantly, I want to thank you for your honest and open expression of feelings. They say misery loves company so perhaps that is why I appreciate it when someone else experiences the goofs, gaffes and mistakes that I go through with seemingly every project. The thing with me is that I have been at this for 30+ years and the errors just keep on coming! I’m going to have to try meditation, yoga, Tai Chi or something to relax my mind. I watched an episode of Roy Underhill’s Woodwright’s Shop where, referring to the words of Joseph Moxon, he said our minds need to be free of impure thoughts as we work the wood in order to achieve the desired result. Well, I must have the most impure thoughts possible!

Anyway, I am with you when you say “For an obsession that is so stressful, I don’t know why I so enjoy it.” It’s a wonderful pastime and it’s comforting to know that you’re not alone regarding mistakes, etc. Thanks again for your willingness to share the bad with the good.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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helluvawreck

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#11 posted 145 days ago

This box is very attractive and you did a nice job on it.

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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Rick

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#12 posted 145 days ago

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Posting & All The Details!

Rick

-- The Difference Between A BEER And Your OPINION Is, I Asked For The BEER!

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gfadvm

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#13 posted 145 days ago

I appreciate you sharing the trials and tribulations that went into this one. We have all had those projects that fought us every step of the way.

The underside of the top turned out amazing (looks like a landscape painting).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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GeneR

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#14 posted 144 days ago

Note: forget what anyone tells you about using newsprint as the paper used when softening veneer it will leave lettering on your veneer, also the green protective paper that you use for protective masking will turn your veneer green as well. Lots and lots of cursing. lol

Just use simple white copier paper as there is nothing to bleed onto your veneer.


-- Failure is always an option. :-)

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