Oeben Boxes #5: Box #1 Finally Glued Up

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 09-08-2017 12:44 AM 658 reads 2 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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There were lots of details to see to before the actual glue up could take place but at last it is done. I needed to get a preliminary shaping done on the corner transitions, install some tray rails, fit the hinge parts, and prefinish everything.
Here are some pictures of the various processes.

Then, at last the glue-up was done and I could do some final shaping on the corner transitions, add the top trim, and get my first real look at what I had.

There is still some final shaping, sanding, and of course finishing to do and then there are the trays but I’m happy with what I have so far and will try to finish this first, simplest box before I head south for the winter (quack, quack) at the end of October.
..... but first I have a couple of weeks of classes to teach …..

Thanks for looking in.


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 09-08-2017 12:46 AM

Unique design, very well done Paul

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 09-08-2017 01:08 AM

+1 what Jim said.
How far South are you going?

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#3 posted 09-08-2017 01:17 AM

Hi Paul. The box looks great. I’m still working on the house, but the good news is that I’m new starting to finish up my workshop. I’m hoping to do the drywall in the workshop next week and then I can start moving my tools up from my current shop. Save my a place in one of your classes in 2018. I’m looking forward to sharpening up my marquetry skills.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 09-08-2017 01:19 AM

Your box, sir, will keel! :-)

Hopefully you have seen “Forged in Fire”

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#5 posted 09-08-2017 01:24 AM

Amazing and precious!RH

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#6 posted 09-08-2017 01:45 AM

Paul the box is really coming together nicely. Cant wait to see it with finish on it!

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#7 posted 09-08-2017 01:50 AM

Thanks all.

Peter, fall courses are always thinner. This year I have only one student so he gets my full attention, Spring classes seem to be busier. I’d love to see you whenever.

Jerry, sorry, missed the reference, haven’t seen Forged in Fire.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#8 posted 09-08-2017 02:37 AM

Terrific box, love the look of it especially the marquetry.

-- Tom D

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#9 posted 09-08-2017 02:47 AM

Great shape, interesting construction and of course exceptional marquetry. Though I must say I’m not enamored by the hinges.

-- Madburg WA

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#10 posted 09-08-2017 03:50 AM

ksSlim, I go to Az., south of Tucson.

Martin, not to everyone’s taste but I like to make my own hinges. I find manufactured hinges boring.
....... just me…. :-)

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#11 posted 09-08-2017 04:05 AM


Another true Masterpiece…


Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#12 posted 09-08-2017 04:28 AM

Beautiful as always Paul – love seeing your work!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 09-08-2017 04:55 AM

Yet another beauty being created Paul. I’m eagerly waiting to see the final photos.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#14 posted 09-08-2017 05:46 AM

Whats this? a simplest box OMG what does a complex one look like then !!

Very skillfull and detailed work !!

-- Regards Robert

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#15 posted 09-08-2017 06:20 AM

So beautiful to look at! Not only the disign but also the technical aspects and execution. How did you made that hole for the hinge pin in the box sp straight alligned?.

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