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Project by wncguy posted 03-07-2014 12:33 AM 994 views 8 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished a few more boxes of similar designs to past ones. Used walnut, maple & cherry on 4 (I like that combination)l & spalted maple & cherry on the 2 valet boxes. Not sure I like the look of those 2. Hope they will look better as the cherry darkens.
Still using 4 coats of Arm-R-Seal for finish.
Constructive comments always welcome. Thanks for looking.
Getting a little warmer in mountains of western NC, feel bad for those of you north of us!

-- Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad





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#1 posted 03-07-2014 01:21 AM

Nice looking pieces

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

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#2 posted 03-07-2014 08:52 AM

Great looking boxes and valets. When I make the valets I use spray on felt in the drawers and in the top compartment as well. I think it gives it and finished look.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#3 posted 03-07-2014 11:59 AM

An excellent batch of bandsaw boxes, they look great. thanks for sharing.

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

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#4 posted 03-07-2014 12:44 PM

Nice bunch of BS boxes GOOD JOB

-- Dick F,Burg Iowa

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#5 posted 03-08-2014 06:58 PM

So nice and colourfull.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 03-08-2014 07:39 PM

Really like ‘em. Especially like the spalted ones.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#7 posted 03-08-2014 09:14 PM

Thanks Guys – I really appreciate the “encouragement”, since I haven’t approached the quality & designs from many of you.
Larry – I haven’t done flocking or felt on any of my boxes. I could say that I like the look of the wood too much or wanted to let people decide for themselves, but in reality I’m a little nervous on screwing that up & probably use those reasons as excuses for not trying it.
Do you guys think the cherry will darken sooner than later, I’m hoping it might improve the look of the valets with the spalted maple.
Thanks again.

-- Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad

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#8 posted 03-08-2014 11:52 PM

very nice boxes,excellent work as always!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#9 posted 03-08-2014 11:56 PM

You could expose them to the sun for a couple weeks. Though, with that finish, it may take a lot longer.
Not to worry. They look great, as they are.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#10 posted 03-09-2014 04:21 PM

Great boxes! I love doing these. Do you cut a slice off the front also before you cut out the drawers? I don’t see and entry cut.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#11 posted 03-09-2014 05:33 PM

Thanks Gene – I’ll try the sun on one to see what I can get.

Rick – Appreciate your comment.
On the valet style I do cut off both the front & back before cutting the drawers (only on the valet style). It allows me to cut out the top trays before I do the drawers in case I do something funky cutting the tray. I then tape the front back on & cut the drawers. Haven’t had any problems with wood movement. There’s other approaches to doing it, but I’m comfortable with this one.
As the entry cuts – I try to follow any grain/figure in the wood to reduce “visibility”. I’ve also started making a cut entirely across (or vertically depending on style), again following grain lines if possible. I have to glue the entire piece back on, but I get a nice tight fit versus trying to squeeze one side entry cut closed with glue.
Hope this makes sense. I could try some close up photos if you think it would help.

-- Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad

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#12 posted 03-09-2014 09:29 PM

Thank you that explains it very well. I was running the cut sequence in my head and without seeing the entry cut it was hurting my brain!!! Some people will cut the front before the draws so when you glue it back you’d be covering the entry cuts. The draw fronts are then done with a scroll saw, drill a hole and run the blade through the hole. Once the draw fronts are cut from the front panel slice you’d use that to trace the draw cavities back on the stock.

I know some guys will also do a different wood species on the draw fronts which I haven’t tried yet. Guess they use the draw front cut as the pattern for the other wood? Has anyone watching tried that ?
You do nice work – I’m inspired to try the valet myself. Maybe next weekend

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#13 posted 03-09-2014 09:47 PM

Rick, to answer your question about the drawer fronts, yes I have used a lighter wood for the box and after cutting the drawers out, I would use the sliced off fronts as a pattern to draw on a darker wood or reverse the process of dark wood to light wood. Don’t be afraid to show the in cuts to the drawers. Most of the time on my regular BS boxes I do show the line. In fact I carve it out to really define some times as I see you have done as well.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#14 posted 03-09-2014 10:49 PM

Here in Detroit, it got to 40 degrees yesterday! That’s shorts weather, especially after the rough winter we had. Those are some nice looking boxes, too.

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#15 posted 03-16-2014 11:57 AM

All very nice boxes

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