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Project by jumbojack posted 12-22-2013 at 01:14 PM 708 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 at 01:24 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 at 01:36 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

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#3 posted 12-22-2013 at 01:40 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 at 01:55 PM

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

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#5 posted 12-22-2013 at 04:04 PM

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

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#6 posted 12-22-2013 at 04:04 PM

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

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#7 posted 12-22-2013 at 05:07 PM

Really nice work

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#8 posted 12-22-2013 at 05:57 PM

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

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#9 posted 12-22-2013 at 09:32 PM

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

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#10 posted 12-23-2013 at 05:03 AM

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

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#11 posted 12-23-2013 at 07:20 AM

nice work

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#12 posted 12-23-2013 at 07:57 AM

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

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#13 posted 12-23-2013 at 04:24 PM

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 12-23-2013 at 04:30 PM

Very nicely done with great design and beautiful wood.

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