A special box for GaryK

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Forum topic by Betsy posted 03-25-2008 01:22 AM 1385 views 0 times favorited 24 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-25-2008 01:22 AM

OK – he’s thrown down the gauntlet—- see his flippant suggestion here.

So just for Gary – a “box” made using only “hand tools” which include a serrated knife, fork and not to be left out a spoon.

First, of course you must square your edges.


These edges were really rough——but with the right knife—it can be done.


And of course you must have a good “dust” collector. This one looks a bit demented – but it works.


Next you must get your “wood” to the appropriate thickness. The fork must be held firmly yet used with a light touch.


Gotta cut those sides.


Like always – its easiest to cut the two matching pieces in a stack cut.


it’s very important with boxes this small to have the right adhesive. It must closely match the color of your “wood.” That way if you are a bit messy – it won’t show to bad.


of course you must, by all means have a lid keeper appropriately size.


And well, we are talking Betsy’s boxes——the inside must be flocked. Oops forgot that picture. Sorry – take my word for it – this is where the spoon came in.

After all that——you have a box – “GaryK’s box.”


This box is special – not only can you eat your scraps, as well as the project—- but if you get “adhesive” on your fingers while constructing the box—you can lick your fingers with no danger of poisoning yourself or gluing your lips together.

Gary – I sincerely hope that you appreciate the sincerity with which I made this box for you. It’s a special box which will last a lifetime. ——- well maybe until the trash goes out tonight.


-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 03-25-2008 02:12 AM

LOL! Very creative box. I love the grain and the texture you’ve managed to sculpt into the top. Nice umm, err, tasty work. What finish are your considering?

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#2 posted 03-25-2008 02:18 AM

LOL !!!!

Jeff . . . Im thinking a nice milk wash will finish it up quite nicely.

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#3 posted 03-25-2008 02:27 AM

Woo! Cut that dogs nails! :)


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#4 posted 03-25-2008 02:32 AM


With each post your hand tools skills are showing improvement. As Gary said predicted you will show improvement with practice. You have a nice use of contrasting materials in this one. And the texture of the top and bottom of the box add some really nice details to the piece as well.

Well done.

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#5 posted 03-25-2008 02:34 AM

Too Funny!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#6 posted 03-25-2008 02:43 AM

Very nice design and execution, Betsy. I would question your selection of materials. Whole wheat is in the same category as pine- way to soft for a my liking.

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#7 posted 03-25-2008 02:46 AM

I’m thinking a salad bowl finish – being as that’s non-toxic.

JC – Lucy is particular about her nails. Only lets the vet trim them. So it’s a one a month thing. Get’s expensive – but it beats getting bit. :-)

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#8 posted 03-25-2008 03:06 AM

Great project, might a sugest a “milk” paint finish. It’s the only thing I know of that will also work as an adhesive remover on a project like this. :-)

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#9 posted 03-25-2008 03:41 AM

Alright, alright, you did it. You put me in my place!

Nice box by the way!


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

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#10 posted 03-25-2008 04:00 AM

What about some strawberry jam? To bring out the “grain” pattern?

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#11 posted 03-25-2008 04:04 AM

and my friends think I don’t have a sense of humor, ha!

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#12 posted 03-25-2008 04:33 AM

What, no dovetails?

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#13 posted 03-25-2008 04:38 AM

Yeah well I’ve not been doing good in the dovetail department. But still trying. :-)

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#14 posted 03-25-2008 05:20 AM

I’ll toast you! Good job.

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#15 posted 03-25-2008 05:29 AM

Nice matching “grain” around the corners.

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