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Blog entry by twokidsnosleep posted 1546 days ago 827 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project. It started from wood salvaged from a small tree, walnut I believe, that a neighbor cut down.
Just getting used to posting on here so sorry if the pics are weird.

harvesting the woodPhotobucket

thinning the stockPhotobucket

planed sidePhotobucket

glued up and splines going inPhotobucket
The scrap below the box is being used as my stain test

sliding lid test drivePhotobucket

It is still a work in progress and eventually will be used as a gift box for jewelry for my wife.
Thanks for looking.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"



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twokidsnosleep

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#1 posted 1546 days ago

I think I learned a bit at every step of this. Did a ton of reading here and watched a DVD on box making. The experts make it look easy. I made three jigs and a zero clearance plate to help me out.
Every time I look at a photo, I see stuff I need to do differently….example, the base of those cuts for the splines needed a chisel to clean them up and let the spline seat better.

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I used the hammer and the razor to trim the hardwood accents in the splines. It was tough!!
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-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#2 posted 1546 days ago

Great Job, Scott!!
That second picture, what are you planing on? It looks like a… Body Board?! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 1546 days ago

This is a great first project.
I can see you have used many different skills here.
I bet the wife will love it !

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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#4 posted 1546 days ago

You are doing an excellent job. I wish my skills had been so advance when I began making boxes.

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

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#5 posted 1546 days ago

Thanks guys and gal :)
It is skill building for sure and creates a number of spin off projects, most of which I don’t have time for now.
Mike, I am planing on a craftsman workmate. It is a piece of cr…. well you know. Plastic stops, terrible vise ugh!
I may replace the plastic ‘deck’ with a plywood one. It is not the best work surface and is too short for me, but it is small, portable and foldaway so I am making it work for now.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#6 posted 1546 days ago

Thank you Charlie that is a really kind compliment. You will notice no finished picture yet.
I am my own worst critic and enemy so I appreciate the kind words. As I said, I look at it and see all the things wrong and what I need to do better.
Perfectionist with an imperfect set of hands :)

ps: it is a Black and Decker Workmate, sorry to slander Craftsman

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#7 posted 1546 days ago

Your box is a great first project and it came out very nice.. I remember my first box I built..oh well..I guess some things should be forgotten.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#8 posted 1546 days ago

a cool box scott and good photo lay out.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#9 posted 1545 days ago

Nice job on your first project Scott. It looks like you have the same TS I use to have until about a month ago. It did the job for me, for a long time. Not just wood working, but remolding my house also. Hope it lasts you as long as mine did.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#10 posted 1545 days ago

Wow – first project and starting out from a log? You must be an extremely dexterous person.

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#11 posted 1545 days ago

“Wow – first project and starting out from a log? You must be an extremely dexterous person.”

Or I am really stupid, enjoy torturing myself and got mad at the expensive lumber shop that booted me and my kids out of the store so they could close early on a Friday. I remembered I had stored two or three bucked logs deep in the bowels of the garage, so went digging in there and that is how it started.
There is nothing like making something from free wood
Thanks for reading

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#12 posted 1545 days ago

Hi Tim, thanks for the comments.
I like the saw, but see how it has some serious limitations. I am making things work with jigs and sleds most of which I learned about from LJ’ers. If only I found this website before I bought the saw I would have looked at a Sawstop…and a second mortgage!
I cannot afford and don’t have room for the saw and some other equipment I would like, but that will come with time.
My son and I have ton of fun in the local tool stores scoping out what we should get next. Off to coach his baseball practice.
Cya

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#13 posted 1545 days ago

Hi Scott,

I never met a box I didn’t like and yours is no exception. I like the genesis from a neighbors tree as well as the results. I look back at my early boxes now and see my improvement but I started way behind you. I have yet to produce a box like you would see some of our experts produce. I like the fact you get the kids involved. They will remember it the rest of their lives.

Best,

-- Jim

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twokidsnosleep

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#14 posted 1545 days ago

Thanks for reading Jim.
I appreciate your comments as I can get hard on myself and bail out on things if they frustrate me.
I am working full time and an involved parent raising two kids and being a husband…...etc,etc.
I don’t seem to have enough time for this hobby yet, but use late nights (or a rainy weekend like this one) to learn things online and from books
I really try to get the kids interested in many different things so they can find their path in life.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#15 posted 1481 days ago

Finished off the box and stained it up. I am not totally happy with the top and the dimensions are off for any jewelry so may have to make another for the wife.
My son and I identified most of the mystery exotic wood cut-offs that I got in the mail from a dealer and we labeled them out.
We used the computer with a website Jim suggested to get matches.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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