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Forum topic by Divotdog posted 12-29-2008 07:33 PM 1085 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-29-2008 07:33 PM

I made my first box, which turned out to be fairly decent except for a couple of small mistakes that are visible only from the underside – lapse of concentration while doing a simple rabbet – and I had no more oak to replace the side. So I wanted to cover the mistakes with some type of veneer but I thought veneer would not hold up real well on a box bottom. Then I thought I might add some sort of pad or non-skid type surface to add functionality as well as cover my goofs. Anyone have any ideas about adding onto the bottom?

-- David, Dallas,Tx - golf weather is warming up but it's cool in the shop.

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#1 posted 12-29-2008 11:48 PM

Veneer and a couple rubber bumpers will protect the bottom.

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#2 posted 12-29-2008 11:51 PM

You can get self adhesive sheets of felt at Michaels or Pat Catans for a couple of dollars.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#3 posted 12-30-2008 03:13 PM

The box is shaped like a cigar box and about the same size but it doesn’t have a lid yet. Once I get done with the lid maybe I will upload a pic (if it looks OK (:> ) The sides are red oak and the bottom is poplar. I finished it with Danish oil – 2 coats so far. The oil took a long time to dry – it keeps bleeding out of the oak grain so I wonder if I used too much. The oil makes the oak look really nice but doesn’t do a lot for the poplar so I’m thinking this is not a great combination of species and finish. I like the felt idea but I just didn’t want the felt edge to show around the box edge if I elevated it by useing feet.

-- David, Dallas,Tx - golf weather is warming up but it's cool in the shop.

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#4 posted 12-30-2008 03:26 PM

Since it sounds like the side is the damaged piece and it’s on th bottom. You might consider putting some wood veneer tape on the edge. Kind of like an edge on plywood that is being used for a shelf.

You can buy it everywhere. Big blue and big orange both sell it in oak, maple etc.

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#5 posted 12-30-2008 03:37 PM

I’m with Don. Felt looks great on a box bottom. Use either the self-adhesive type, or buy the plain type and glue it yourself. Apply it oversize, then trim the edges with a sharp razor knife.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 12-30-2008 03:41 PM

Poplar is a good secondary wood. Typically if it is used as the primary wood, it is painted. You could pick out a nice piece of fabric or leather and mount it to a piece of illustration board or cardboard. You can then install it to the bottom.

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#7 posted 01-01-2009 12:52 AM

Awhile back I made I made a tray out of red oak. I keep it on a table next to the bed, and empty my pockets into it. Keys and stuff. I didn’t want it to scratch the table top getting moved around. I glued cork to the bottom. Easy and cheap. It seems to be holding up. It is available in craft shops. Cork comes in handy for other things too.

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