|Project by Alex Lane (Custom Guitars & Basses)||posted 09-11-2008 10:03 PM||16576 views||50 times favorited||22 comments|
Saturday September 6, 2008 I went to Wood Expo 2008 at L. L. Johnson Lumber Mfg. Co. and Johnson's Workbench in Charlotte, MI.
I GOT TO MEET SCOTT PHILLIPS (of The American Woodshop on PBS) for the second year in a row!! I sat in the front row and was no more than an arm’s reach from him most of the time. WOW!! Scott is truly just as he appears on his show: a cheerful, enthusiastic, down-to-earth, and just plain NICE guy who knows tons of things about woodworking. SCOTT EVEN PERSONALLY SHARPENED MY POCKET KNIFE FOR ME as he demonstrated some sharpening techniques on the DMT DuoSharp stone!!
He made three or four boxes on the bandsaw that he called “Puzzle Boxes”. He took a block of wood and cut every side so that it was concave. Then he ‘slabbed off’ the piece he wanted to be the bottom, cut a ‘key’ out of one corner of the box, and after sliding the key up out of the majority of the piece, he cut a sliding top. Then the core of the box was cut out with the cut starting and ending in the key pocket. The bottom got glued back on with super glue and accelerator, and a quick coat of spray-on poly was added. The key makes sure the sliding top won’t fall off until you remove the key itself. Pretty Cool!!
When I got home, I tried making my own from a gorgeous piece of Bloodwood I had just got in the mail.
Here are the results (with sanding to 180 grit and one coat of Zinsser Seal Coat Shellac):
Here’s the link (so you don’t have to break your neck trying to read it!!):
-- Lane Custom Guitars and Basses