Couple more practice boxes

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Forum topic by OldWrangler posted 02-12-2014 03:00 AM 682 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-12-2014 03:00 AM

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Just some more practice of different skills. These will probably wind up with the little grandkids as jewelry boxes or whatnot boxes. Just fun to make.

One box is Red Cedar and Yellow Pine with monster finger joints. Top was some brown scrap I had and know is antler crown.

Other box is a dome top box of Red Cedar scraps. Each board is about 3/4” and ones on the dome are cut at 9 degrees (close guess). Not crazy about how it came out so inside is still unfinished.

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

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#1 posted 02-19-2014 03:07 AM

Why “practice”? Those look amazing! Built by hand and with care. They’ll be future treasures for someone. Saw your other work too. Looks great.

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA

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#2 posted 02-19-2014 04:44 AM

Thanks Scott, but like all of us we see our own flaws and strive for perfection next time. These boxes may be as good as I ever get but it is something that I enjoy doing and it gets this old man off the sofa and out in the shop where there is more meaning to life. But still as I sand out a crooked edge, stick some plastic wood in a loose joint, or stain over a mistake I keep thinking I can do better next time so these are my practice projects for now.

After enough practice I can move in to using really great wood. I have accumulated some stuff over the years that I will start to break out. I’ve got some terrific Flame Box Elder, Golden Bois D’Arc, figured Sycamore, Beetle Kill Blue Pine and some super fancy Walnut. We have a wonderful Saw Mill about 35 miles from here where they let me pick through their stacks and get the really primo stuff. They are great folks and often put special boards away for my next visit.

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

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#3 posted 02-19-2014 04:48 AM

looks to me like the skills are coming along nicely, just keep trying different joinery types and you may find one you like a lot. I really like the top one, have always wanted to try somehting like that.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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