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Blog entry by sarge posted 03-31-2008 09:58 PM 1072 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, it’s November 2007 just after Thankgiving. I was kicking back reading a copy of WOOD Mag. and saw a jewelry box I liked. The wife says, hey I would like one of those. Ok no problem. Then I started thinking, why not make one for all the girls in my life. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 & 9. Sure lets make nine of theses little boxes. They would make great Chirstmas gifts.

Here it is the end of March and I’m done. Now I have taken about two months off. Just to keep from going nuts.

I have learned a few things from this labor of love. even though I did add up all the bf for the job it didn’t click that there was going to be 272 pieces to make these boxes. Plus six jigs. It is also important to pick woods that are user friendly. I used Curly Maple that loves to chip out in the planner and Purpleheart that the router eats for lunch. The real learning came after I was well into the project and I read the fine print. Do you know that a pair of small box hinges cost $25.00? I saw that and did the math and came up with plans b and c. “b” set the lid back so the back edge of the lid stops the rotation just past 90*. “c” was use $10.00 worth of chain. “C” won. That saved me about $230.00.

Long story short it took longer then four weeks to make the nine boxes. I will say they came out great and all the ladies love them. The husbands on the other hand, not so happy with me. Now all the wives want some new blig to put in the new boxes. Oh well better to have the ladies liking you then the guys I always say.

Here are a few picture for you viewing plesaure. I HOPE SIX PICTURE

http://www.flickr.com/photos/10869355@N07/

-- GOD CREATED THE EARTH WITH TREES, GOD CREATED MAN WITH BRAINS TO MAKE A SAW. THE REST IS UP TO US. LETS MAKE SOME SAW DUST.



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DannyBoy

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#1 posted 03-31-2008 09:59 PM

Very nice. I like the contrast.

-- He said wood...http://hickbyassociation.blogspot.com/

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#2 posted 04-01-2008 12:13 AM

Hi Sarge,

Thanks for the story behind your jewelry boxes. I looked at the additional photos as well and I am glad to see that you only had to fill your wife’s box.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 04-01-2008 01:30 AM

Great story. What wonderful heirlooms to pass on to your family. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#4 posted 04-01-2008 01:43 AM

Look great! Very nice story.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 04-01-2008 03:22 AM

Great job Sarge. I work with sarge and i got to see an almost blow-by-blow account, it was an incredible project. And I might add they are even more beautiful in person.

-- Brad,--"The way to eat an eliphant is one bite at a time"

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#6 posted 04-01-2008 10:55 AM

Man, that is a lot of very nice boxes. I am not surprised you needed time off in the process. That’s a lot of precision. Good work.

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sarge

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#7 posted 04-01-2008 02:18 PM

Thanks for the words guys. We all know that feeling when we can call a labor of love DONE. It’s nice to have a place like LJ’s were we can post them. Now it’s time to move on to one of the other 20 projects the wife wants. That means a chance to use the new pm2000.
Thanks again.
Sarge

-- GOD CREATED THE EARTH WITH TREES, GOD CREATED MAN WITH BRAINS TO MAKE A SAW. THE REST IS UP TO US. LETS MAKE SOME SAW DUST.

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#8 posted 04-01-2008 03:11 PM

WOW very nice!! and a great story.

Thanks for the post and pics.

-- Hope Never fails

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#9 posted 04-01-2008 03:12 PM

not just an ordinary box, is it!! (are they)
Loved the story. Congrats on a job well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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