POINT TO POINT #3: The finale

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Blog entry by BertFlores58 posted 09-11-2011 05:04 PM 2066 reads 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The hardest part of the series… the final part.

I thought it would be simple to cut the lid. It should be easy to use a saw but that would create a kerf that will give error on the design. I use a knife (cutter) with a new blade and start to push it through on one corner then it goes on. The wood and the veneer still tough even with .5 thickness. There is no turning back on this….

The lips … I have to make 45 degrees cut by using the same 45 deg bit for my router. Luckily, brown wood (Balitadtad) is available. The width is 5 inches and so I can still use the portable router. Saw manually then glue it to the lid and the box.

Another difficult cut to make was the lips. I have no other way to route it but to put a guide. Incidentally there was a difference of 1 mm offset of the lid cut .. an error that if you will straighten, then it will destroy the allignment of the design. So here is the set up. Noticed that I have to nail with a brad the guide directly to the side. I knew that it will make hole but I have no choice since I cannot clamp it firmly.

Thereafter doing the dado for the box… then the lips height also done with router and guide nailed to the box. Likewise the lid lip (female) side was done with a router. Here is the fitting of the box….

Inverting it… looking at the bottom..

And finally the sanding and finishing…
After the first coat of polyurethane…

Till this time the poly is still wet… I must wait for it to dry before taking the final project photos…. It is done and I am really satisfied with my first mitered box and veneer work. Hope you enjoy the blog.

Thanks to all who inspired me to do this difficult challenge…


-- Bert

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#1 posted 09-11-2011 05:13 PM

Looks like a first class piece is going to be the result. The finish really pops! Nice work.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 09-11-2011 05:21 PM

Great Work Bert.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 09-11-2011 10:16 PM

Truly impressive, Bert. All your efforts are rewarded. Well done. That’s going to be some project post.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 09-11-2011 10:23 PM

very well done bert

it always amazes me
regardless of all the thinking and planing

something new seems to show up

that’s what makes us learn i guess

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 09-11-2011 10:32 PM

Excellent Work Bert!! Really Top-notch…

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

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#6 posted 09-11-2011 11:19 PM

Terrific design Bert.

You´ve done a Great Work.

-- Back home. Fernando

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#7 posted 09-12-2011 01:01 AM

House of the Rising Sun… fabulous journey…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#8 posted 09-12-2011 02:24 AM

What an amazing design! Congratulations on a job well done!


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#9 posted 09-12-2011 02:39 AM

Thanks to all of you.
As we say, the above is the product of LJ’s pool of tips and tricks that a beginner or even a professional can always grab and challenge himself that “I CAN DO IT” or “IF OTHERS CAN, WHY CAN’T I”. This will go on. I, for one, I dedicate this project to people (LJs) who inspired me a lot to do this. It is not specifically from a person but a mixture of them.

-- Bert

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#10 posted 09-12-2011 03:29 AM

Bert, very stunning i’m glad you made it. Geez! If im gonna make one like this my blood pressure will shoot up.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#11 posted 09-12-2011 05:52 AM

I wonder if you and Martyn enjoy this self torture. lol That is some kind of box!

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#12 posted 09-12-2011 06:17 AM

That is right word… TORTURE. When there is challenge… on the back and neck is an aching torture. I stand while cutting those veneer while my neck is bent… Got a stiff neck after finishing it. Actually, it dropped from my table after assembly when the glue was half dried, and the box survived the torture and so with me. LOL.
That will also be a nice title of the box… TORTURE BOX. How’s that?
God bless.

My blood pressure drops several times due to increase in patience… Why the other way around? LOL. It becomes my medicine afterwards because if I will not do it, my BP (blood pressure) goes up due to sleepless night thinking how I will build it. Thanks,

-- Bert

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#13 posted 09-12-2011 01:59 PM

That is truly beautiful, Bert. I have a big box of veneer and this got me thinking about how I could use it. I am with the rest when I say your patience is amazing. I am glad it is therapy for you, as the results are truly a treat for us!

Have a great day, Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#14 posted 09-12-2011 03:24 PM

Thanks Sheila,
It’s on the project list now and you are part of it for the therapy … trying to pursue the greatest and straight forward work… 3 days and 1/2 (Saturdays and Sundays only).

To all… I keep it going and start to trace those back jobs… spiral designs, rainbow and the mobius… Have to finished those…

Keep up the good work guys..
Take care,

-- Bert

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#15 posted 09-12-2011 03:45 PM

beautiful work.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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