Bloodwood Flag Box

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Project by Nick_R posted 10-03-2012 08:26 PM 1169 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I was feeling very confident about my skills and decided to build my 83 year old Dad a flag box for his birthday. I wanted to use some Walnut I had but it was only 3/8 thick and probably not long enough.. I know! I will use some Bloodwood I have used it for turning projects and the finish is great. It will also make it unique.

Step one: Bought the wood at WoodCraft. $14 a BF and I had to resaw it to size and width
Mistake one: Bought the wood at WoodCraft. $14 a BF and I had to resaw it to size and width

Step Two: Make the box the right size for the flag my Dad has that my brother gave to him before he died.
Mistake two: Did not have flag in hand when dimensioning the box.

Step Three: Resize box and boards that you made for a much bigger flag..
Mistake Three: Resize the box more than once forgetting about the draw face and how it will fit.

Step Four: Assemble box and glue plus screws and a few brads
Mistake Four: Bloodwood is HARD. It must be drilled and countersunk to the precise size of the screw or else it CRACKS. Brads must also me drilled or it shatters.

Step Five: Buy another smaller piece of wood from WoodCraft.
Mistake Five: Pay through the nose for wood from WoodCraft that twists and cracks when you cut it.
Lumber Jocks offered great advice to me from this post regarding Bloodwood.

Step Six: Spend days making up for mistakes.. Some cannot bme fixed but rather covered.

I think the box came out OK. My dad wanted a drawer in the pedestal so I can put some ashes in there when he “goes”. I am not happy with how the draw side is not hidden and that is the biggest mistake yet. I might make a piece of veneer to see if looks better.

The yellow streak that showed up in the picture is not on the flag box.. Reflection I guess.

Overall I like it.. I will not use Bloodwood again for a project like this.. Very hard to work with and it seriously dulled all my blades and tools.

Constructive criticism appreciated.

-- Hope for the best but plan for the worst.

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#1 posted 10-03-2012 09:46 PM

no criticism here i think it turned out nice.i like the drawer its a unique look.i’m sure your dad is very happy with it.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#2 posted 10-03-2012 11:20 PM

I would be hard pressed to find any flaws in it, I would have just said hey check out my nice flag box and left it at that.. thanks for the info concerning working with Bloodwood, but otherwise it looks great.. I agree that your Dad should be proud.. well done.. papa
As a veteran I say thank you to your Dad and all who served.. I proudly stand beside you all.. Papa 76-80

-- Papa...

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