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Project by jumbojack posted 12-22-2013 09:14 PM 1265 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Priest at my church asked me to build a box to house two brushes. The brushes are used in services to annoint with Holy Oil and to Chrismate the newly baptized.
Most of the furnishing in the church is white oak, so that is what I selected for most of the build. I wanted a little pizzaz so I added a strip on Chechen. The lid panel and bottom are also Chechen that I resawed. I used a different brand of hinge for this box and had to reset my mortising router. These were more expensive hinges than I usually use, but think the money was not well spent. The hinges were not exactly square and the holes did not line up perfectly, making the mounting of the hinges even more troublesome than usual. The interior of the box is divided so each brush had its own resting place. I used side material planed down and trimmed so the accent piece lined up with the box side. I was undecided whether to install a thumb lift, but my wife convinced me, so a little Chechen pull with my signature copper pin was installed.
The Priest was thrilled. He blessed the box with a prayer and sprinkling of Holy Water. Then he placed the brushes in and put them on a table in the Altar.
The Priest said this box will be around, housing these brushes for a hundred years.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#1 posted 12-22-2013 09:24 PM

Very nice JumboJack. I know it is appreciated and most likely will be around for even more than 100 years.. What size did you make it?

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#2 posted 12-22-2013 09:36 PM

Super nice box, Jack. he will love it. Good thing you posted that last picture as I was reading the description and thinking it was purple heart from the first 5 shots.

Merry Christmas….......Jim

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

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#3 posted 12-22-2013 09:40 PM

Greg it is 11 1/2” L x 2 1/4” W x 2” H

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#4 posted 12-22-2013 09:55 PM

Woohoo dude, that is beautiful, elegant, very nice work!!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#5 posted 12-23-2013 12:04 AM

Nice build. There’s some nice grain on that Chechan

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 12-23-2013 12:04 AM

Jack, very nice, indeed. I especially like the contrast provided by the Chechen.

-- Art

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#7 posted 12-23-2013 01:07 AM

Really nice work

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 12-23-2013 01:57 AM

Very nice. I’m sure it will get a lot of use over the years.

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#9 posted 12-23-2013 05:32 AM

Reverently regarded today … but just imagine how that beautiful box will be revered 100 years from now!! Well done Jumbojack!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#10 posted 12-23-2013 01:03 PM

Really cool. Like the combination. I will have to see where the Priest keeps ours. Thanks

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#11 posted 12-23-2013 03:20 PM

nice work

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#12 posted 12-23-2013 03:57 PM

Poos, I found out ours were being stored in a ziplock plastic bag.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#13 posted 12-24-2013 12:24 AM

Jumbo, what a nice design and elegant materials. I like the craftsmanship too. I hope it lasts hundreds of years. I think most woodworkers want to make items that will outlive us and be useful and prized for a long time. Merry Christmas. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#14 posted 12-24-2013 12:30 AM

Very nicely done with great design and beautiful wood.

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

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