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Spring 2018 Box Swap

by Dave Polaschek
posted 01-06-2018 01:01 AM


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#1 posted 01-06-2018 01:43 AM

Ah gee Dave. Sorry but I’m gonna sit this one out. I am so busy with real-life stuff that shop time is scarce and coveted. And I just don’t really like making boxes either ;-). I’ll definitely be watching though. Can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 01-06-2018 01:48 AM

Kenny I was hoping to get your name for a sweet hackberry box!

-- Gary, Texas

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#3 posted 01-06-2018 02:51 AM

I’m a maybe. Will let you know soon.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#4 posted 01-06-2018 01:14 PM

Dave, I’ll have a lot to do getting ready for this summers craft fairs. But making boxes is my favorite project to do so…....I’m in buddy. Looks like I’ll have a long time to work on it so I’ll be OK.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#5 posted 01-06-2018 01:58 PM

Gotcha, Jeff. I figured I’m pretty busy between now and tax day, but I’ll manage to get a box built, so most people (who don’t have to hand-resaw most of their wood out of pieces of trees) should have plenty of time.

Sorry you don’t get to play along, Kenny. Hope you’ll join in Gary and Rick.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#6 posted 01-06-2018 09:55 PM

Saw your carving knife Dave and had this thought.
We have planted some various trees in the last 2 years. Some have died, but most lived. The ones that died in the last year include a pear, an apricot (or plumcot?) and an apple. (I’m not sure this is the proper climate for an apple tree)
They are still standing there, dead, cause I’ve not received my “round-to-it” that I ordered 6 months ago. The trunks are probably between 2 – 3” diameter. I could probably get some good scale wood out of those, or something for handles and such. Hmmmmm

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#7 posted 01-06-2018 10:19 PM

Ken still might join, right Ken? And Duck!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#8 posted 01-06-2018 10:49 PM

The trunks are probably between 2 – 3” diameter. I could probably get some good scale wood out of those, or something for handles and such. Hmmmmm

Sure could, Duck. My apple and apricot were both about 16-18” diameter, and died of old age, but even the smaller branches were useful. But because I live in the big city, I had to get rid of everything because it was unsightly. Stashed the trunks at a friend’s house in the burbs, and the smaller stuff went to another buddy’s smoker.

Both are good uses of fruit wood.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#9 posted 01-06-2018 11:26 PM



Ken still might join, right Ken? And Duck!

- jeffswildwood

Thinking about it Jeff. Can’t commit at this time.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#10 posted 01-06-2018 11:39 PM

Sorry Jeff but I’m out on this one. I’m really backed up with shop stuff, I have some orders for Kiridashis to fill and my son just bought his first house so I’m spending 90% of my free time over there. Plus I have a buddy’s chuck I’m supposed to be fixing the threads on and that’s taking me WAY longer than it should ;-) I’m gonna have to say I’m a firm no on this one as much as I hate to miss a swap. Even if it is boxes ;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#11 posted 01-07-2018 12:20 AM

I’ll help you out Ken. Making boxes are my favorite project to do. I’ll make two, bring you one to send and your in the easy way! :-) Just kidding, that would be cheating. LOL. I actually put the finishing touches on a simple box for my hatchet restoration. I should get pictures tomorrow and post one day this week. The hatchet was tough, odd tang and really rusty. The chuck still giving you a fit, or just time factor. You really sound busy.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#12 posted 01-07-2018 01:23 AM

watch for my email Dave ….THANKS :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#13 posted 01-07-2018 01:28 AM

Got it, Tony. Also got PoohBaah’s. Welcome aboard, boys!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#14 posted 01-07-2018 09:42 AM

I have been looking forward to this swap since I had to it the last one out. I am ready to get back in the workshop since I am finished with school and now have the time.

Thanks again Dave for moderating this group.

-- Neil, Indiana - Instagram: neilsalomon

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#15 posted 01-07-2018 12:11 PM

This will be my first swap and I am looking forward to it!
Thanks for the heads up Dave!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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#16 posted 01-07-2018 12:26 PM

We’ll see how the moderating goes. Hope I’m up to it.

Just got an email from Mike. Welcome!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#17 posted 01-07-2018 01:33 PM



We ll see how the moderating goes. Hope I m up to it.

Just got an email from Mike. Welcome!

- Dave Polaschek


Dave, you’ll do fine. I’m sure. I found the toughest parts are the start, sign up, keeping everybody’s info straight. Then again at progress pic time. And then the mailing addresses and reveal.

Mike, welcome! Swaps are a lot of fun.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#18 posted 01-07-2018 02:13 PM

Dave, you ll do fine. I m sure. I found the toughest parts are the start, sign up, keeping everybody s info straight. Then again at progress pic time. And then the mailing addresses and reveal.

So basically periods of frantic activity, broken up by sitting around waiting for things to happen. ;-)

I figure I’ll muddle through. I’m more concerned about my build at the moment. I’ve been looking around for inspiration and keep finding things that are way beyond my abilities. Like the dodecahedron box that shipwright made or crazy Japanese puzzle boxes. I’ll probably end up with a boring rectangular box, but boy howdy do some guys make interesting boxes.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#19 posted 01-07-2018 02:36 PM

Some of the guys on here make some off the charts great boxes. Shipwright is one of them. Also Al, boxguy. Britboxmaker and keifer are two more. It would be sweet to get them in the swap. The info they could pass along would be wonderful! No way I can match their skills. Best I can do is make a nice creative box that someone would want, at my skill level. This one has been my favorite that I built:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/99413

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#20 posted 01-07-2018 03:28 PM

Dave, I have an Excel sheet that we’ve used in the past to track everyone’s info and generate random partner assignments. Let me know if you want it and I’ll shoot it over to ya.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#21 posted 01-07-2018 03:42 PM

Yeah, Jeff. I was thinking of inviting some of those guys. Figured I’d tackle that next week.

Kenny, thanks, but I’m pretty sure I’m just going to track everything in text files on my iPad or post-it’s on my shop wall. Don’t need to spend $100/year for office 365.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#22 posted 01-07-2018 03:58 PM

I just made a chart with Microsoft word using columns. For the swap recipients, I cut them out and let my wife draw from a Maxwell house coffee can. :-)

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#23 posted 01-07-2018 04:01 PM

Yeah, Jeff. I might not even be that fancy. We’ll see how many people I have to keep track of.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#24 posted 01-07-2018 04:05 PM



Kenny, thanks, but I m pretty sure I m just going to track everything in text files on my iPad or post-it s on my shop wall. Don t need to spend $100/year for office 365.

- Dave Polaschek

Spoken like a true Galoot! ;-) I wouldn’t pay for Office either but I still have local versions.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#25 posted 01-07-2018 04:07 PM

Dave – I’m in but all of a sudden I’m getting a total blank on an idea for a box…..

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#26 posted 01-07-2018 06:00 PM

Kenny, I yam what I yam. ;-)

Earl, I haven’t received an email yet. See the “how to sign up” in the initial post for the address to send it to.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#27 posted 01-07-2018 08:31 PM

Dave I am in, (edit) Sent you an “official” email. Now I have never built a box so like all the other swaps, this’ll be a first for me.

-- Gary, Texas

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#28 posted 01-07-2018 09:51 PM

You’re in, Gary. Welcome! I built a box for the knife swap to hold the marking knives I made, but that’s the first box I ever made for anyone else. And the one for this swap will probably be a different style.

Trying new things is fun!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#29 posted 01-08-2018 01:50 AM

Please count me in. Have not participated in a swap before. Seems like it could be fun and I like to build boxes. Will E-mail you soon Dave.

-- Dave Smith - If our phones fall, we panic. If our friends fall, we laugh.

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#30 posted 01-08-2018 03:23 AM

You’re in, Dave. Welcome! This is my fourth swap, and there must be some reason I keep coming back. I think the swaps are a lot of fun.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#31 posted 01-08-2018 05:56 AM

Looking forward to my second swap! I got an awesome box to contain my custom screwdrivers from a previous swap. I have that box on display on my dresser (yes, with the screwdrivers in it still). Now I have to make some practice boxes… thanks for hosting Dave!

-- Follow me on Instagram @makedvault

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#32 posted 01-08-2018 11:15 AM

You’re in, PoleVault. Welcome!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#33 posted 01-08-2018 11:44 AM

Dave, looks like your getting some more entry’s! I had a few more say they were signing up.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#34 posted 01-08-2018 01:06 PM

Glad to see that we are getting some new people to join the swap. Its a great time.

-- Neil, Indiana - Instagram: neilsalomon

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#35 posted 01-08-2018 01:29 PM

Dave – you should be seeing my email. I fat fingered your email address

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#36 posted 01-08-2018 02:18 PM

So is there a Dave limit to these swaps? I am going to have to start a spreadsheet to remember all of them. ;-)

-- Gary, Texas

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#37 posted 01-08-2018 09:26 PM

Got you, Earl. You’re in! Welcome!

It’s nice to see that we’ve got a fair number of folks already, and there’s still a month for the people who leave everything to the last minute to procrastinate.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#38 posted 01-09-2018 10:40 PM



You re in, Gary. Welcome! I built a box for the knife swap to hold the marking knives I made, but that s the first box I ever made for anyone else. And the one for this swap will probably be a different style.

Trying new things is fun!

- Dave Polaschek


I didn’t realize I got your first one. That makes it all the cooler. Don’t go making to many, I like the exclusive feel.

-- Hunter, Houston TX

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#39 posted 01-10-2018 12:50 AM

Have just sent the official email to join the 2018 box swap. Hello to all the guys I met thru the knife swap and just waiting to get to know the other folks new to me.

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

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#40 posted 01-10-2018 12:57 AM

I didn’t realize I got your first one. That makes it all the cooler. Don’t go making to many, I like the exclusive feel.

Well, first one I made for someone else. I had a handful of MDF practice boxes, plus one almost identical to yours which ended up getting recycled. Glad you like it, Hunter!

Vernon, got your email and you’re in. Welcome to the swap, and I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with this time. You’ve made some darned nice boxes in the past!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#41 posted 01-10-2018 01:11 AM

Thanks Dave,
I have it cut out now.

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

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#42 posted 01-10-2018 01:16 AM

Someone is in for a treat!

Vernon sent me a little gift using some of the wood I sent him in the knife swap. The box this gift came in was phenomenal. Here it is on top of one of the cutting boards I was working on for Christmas at the time. It was funny how they kind of matched.

Excellent.

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#43 posted 01-10-2018 01:31 AM


Well, first one I made for someone else. I had a handful of MDF practice boxes, plus one almost identical to yours which ended up getting recycled. Glad you like it, Hunter!

- Dave Polaschek


Are we going to be seeing some dovetails from you this swap?

-- Hunter, Houston TX

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#44 posted 01-10-2018 01:36 AM

I’m making (more) practice dovetails in the French-polishing caddy I’m building this weekend to hold the shellac, alcohol, and oil bottles, as well as the jar for pads I’ll need for finishing the box. How they turn out will have some influence on whether I use dovetails in the box I build for the swap or if I decide that I need a lot more practice first.

To date, I have not cut a dovetail I’m happy with, though. There’s always a first time. I just hope it doesn’t take too long.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#45 posted 01-10-2018 05:16 PM

I tried dovetails once, not a pretty sight. it’s most definitely a developed talent.

-- Gary, Texas

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#46 posted 01-10-2018 11:51 PM



I tried dovetails once, not a pretty sight. it s most definitely a developed talent.

- doubleG469

I’ve cut a few, also not so pretty, but a lot better looking than nails or screws.
I need different chisels for fine work.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#47 posted 01-10-2018 11:52 PM

Vernon’s skills are WAY above mine.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#48 posted 01-11-2018 12:29 AM

I tried dovetails once, not a pretty sight. it s most definitely a developed talent.

Yeah. I’m finding that out. And with the cold weather last week and beginning again tomorrow, I’m not getting a ton of time to develop that talent. So I might build a box with dovetails. But I also got a miter jack, which would allow me to galoot up some right purty miters, too. Always nice to have a plan B.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#49 posted 01-11-2018 01:18 AM

I’ve never had any luck with dovetails or miters.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#50 posted 01-11-2018 01:40 AM

I actually got pretty good with them awhile ago. I did the 30 day challenge and immediately after I built this box. Between the sides and the trays inside it was 144 dovetails total. So by the end I wasn’t too bad. I imagine I would struggle a little today but it’s probably like riding a bike maybe?

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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