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Forum topic by OldWrangler posted 02-12-2014 02:48 AM 861 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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OldWrangler

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02-12-2014 02:48 AM

Topic tags/keywords: pictures loaded backwards second first and first last but you figured that out

I’ve been away from woodworking for about 6-7 years so I am just making different kinds of small boxes to learn from my mistakes. I had gotten rusty and really need the practice. These are nothing special but fun to make.

First is a mixture of scraps. Front top and back are Ambrosia Maple, sides are Afzalia Burl with finger joints to sculped top and drawer front is (I think) Bocote.

Second is a box of scrap Pink Box Elder sides and a top of a piece of Mesquite with some curved inlays and because it was too short I added Purpleheart and Redheart with thin Maple spacers. Hinge pins are 2” Copper Nails.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!


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#1 posted 04-16-2014 03:27 AM

That is a distinctive looking box, very cool!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 04-16-2014 03:44 AM

Glad you like them. They really were practice pieces to learn from my mistakes. I got talked into donating the one with the drawer to a charity auction and it brought $115. Of course, at charity auctions things sell for more than they are worth because of the cause but I was pleased it brought this much for CPS (Childern’s Protective Services). They do a great job with abused kids. My wife has been one of their volunteers for nearly 30 years and currently sits on the Board of Directors. I try to make them something every year.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#3 posted 04-16-2014 03:50 AM

Seems like your 6-7 years away didn’t need any training wheels! Fine work!

Paul

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#4 posted 04-16-2014 07:38 AM

It’s like riding a bicycle…..at 76 you fall off a lot. I had about as much rust as some of my tools. Seemed like everything needed fixing to start over again. Table saw needed a new belt, band saw needed new guides, planer needed new blades, jointer also needed new blades, lost the collets to the shaper (still can’t find and nobody has any in stock), belt sander need a good lube of the idler drum, now needed to get a spindle sander and about everything needed a good shot of WD 40. Slowly it is coming back but it won’t ever be like before I got this Parkinsons.

As long as I get a few comments like your, I’ll feel alright about the many little mistakes I make.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#5 posted 04-16-2014 08:50 AM

Sounds like your tools are about ready to go. You definitely are an experienced craftsman, your work looks great!

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#6 posted 04-16-2014 02:52 PM

They look great, Wrangler. You practice on the real stuff, don’t you ? Those woods are really first class. Great job.

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#7 posted 04-16-2014 03:05 PM

Lots of different cool wood types and it’s built very well.

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#8 posted 04-16-2014 03:39 PM

Very Nice work Wrangler, I like the hinge idea with the nails, I lost my Father in-law to Parkinsons, and I know the challenges you’re fighting so enjoy the time and don’t waste any of it nit picking the work, it looks great!

-- I've decided 1 mistake is really 2 opportunities to learn.. learn how to fix it... and learn how to not repeat it

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#9 posted 04-16-2014 07:37 PM

Freddy….all my tools are at least 20 y/o and some go back to when I bought this house 44 years ago. At my age I just can’t justify the expense of re-tooling so I go on fixing as needed, re-calibrating when I can and mostly making do with tools that are a little inaccurate. Sometimes a tool might be a little off but I am also a little off so we cancel each other out and something good happens.
YonaK…..I am kinda a “wood whore”. I love all kinds of wood and buy whatever bargains I can find on nice stuff. Why rebuild a VW when you can rebuild a Cadillac. I like any wood with character….knots, weird grain, unusual color and mostly gnarley stuff. Many projects I do, the wood is more interesting than what I’ve made. My current favorite is Blue Beetle Kill Pine. love this stuff. Monte is my inspiration.

ChefHDAN…..Thanks. The nails are copper nails I found at an old hardware store in Alabama. I bought up what he had and have used some in different projects. Haven’t seen any since. As for the Parkinsons, it is just inconvient. Nothing hurts, I have a tremble in my hands, weakness in my legs and just about no balance. Fortunately with my woodworking therapy and meds I keep it under control most of the time. Add that to my Diabetes and Bad Heart, I’m lucky to still be here. I am only hanging around to annoy my wife and use up my kids inheritance.

So thanks for looking at my stuff and all the kind comments, both are appreciated.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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