My 2008 "Not Just Any Box" Winter Awards

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Blog series by Dick, & Barb Cain updated 01-26-2008 08:06 PM 8 parts 11821 reads 101 comments total

Part 1: I finally decided to enter!

01-11-2008 02:51 AM by Dick, & Barb Cain | 9 comments »

I wasn’t planning on entering, but yesterday the bug bit me. I usually like to use the material I have on hand, & I couldn’t find a 2×4, so I decided to make a box. I drew up a pattern of what I wanted to make, & proceeded on my adventure. That’s all I’m going to show you today is a picture of the piece of wood I’m using. After all, this is top secret! Continued!

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Part 2: The start of my, "Not any kind of box"

01-11-2008 03:04 PM by Dick, & Barb Cain | 16 comments »

I said I wasn’t going to enter, but I opened up the latest issue of “Woodworkers Journal,” They had a centerfold of how to make a bandsawn box. I read it over, & right away I thought, there’s something I can try, & make one for the L J’s contest. I’ve never tried making a bandsawn box before, & besides that, it would be a good test for my new Rikon. I’ve had these nice blocks of burly maple that I picked up at our local city pa...

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Part 3: More of My "Not just any box"

01-12-2008 10:36 PM by Dick, & Barb Cain | 18 comments »

Well I got a little more accomplished. I did a little design change today, I removed what I called the chin at the bottom side of the heart. I held a piece of stiff sand paper, & drew a cutting line, then proceeded cut off the chins.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Note; the cut off line. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ A big improvement with no chins. I call this “Wooden surgery.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~...

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Part 4: A few more pictures

01-14-2008 08:26 PM by Dick, & Barb Cain | 15 comments »

I finished sanding the exterior portion of the box down to 320 grit. Then applied one coat of mineral oil. Boy did that make the grain standout. I used Mineral Oil because it has no affect on Barb’s allergies. Otherwise it would have to stay out in my shop for a month. The dimensions are, Height = 8” Width = 7” Depth = 4” I’ll add some beeswax, for the final coats. Now to finish making the drawer. The back & front will be entirely diffe...

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Part 5: Making the drawer

01-16-2008 02:35 AM by Dick, & Barb Cain | 10 comments »

This afternoon I went out, started working on the drawer. It sure felt good to be back in the shop again. This really helps shorten the winter. Who cares about going South with the birds, when you have a nice warm shop.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I adjusted the bandsaw table, sawed the ends to about 3/8” thick. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Then I taped a tapered cut off to the heart, so I could get a 90 degre...

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Part 6: Carving drawer handles

01-17-2008 09:59 PM by Dick, & Barb Cain | 16 comments »

Yesterday afternoon, I shifted my gears into the carving mode I decided to make drawer handles, & decided that a small rose would look kind of nice. Actually, to tell you the truth, I had made that decision when first designing the box.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~First I picked out a piece of cut off, & drill 3 holes with my plug cutter. These plugs will later be used to hold the rose while caving, & also for fastening to the drawer front. ...

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Part 7: Carving Roses wasn't very Rosie!

01-22-2008 10:06 PM by Dick, & Barb Cain | 11 comments »

The first Rose handle I carved, didn’t give me any trouble, but I wasn’t satisfied with the light color of the sapwood. So I decided to go with the darker heartwood. I cut some rose patterns for a couple of Roses. I started carving a couple of flower petals, & snap! the flower broke off of the 3/8” stem. So I decided to go with a 1/2’’ stem, & the same thing happened, SNAP! The burly heartwood is kind of brittle. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~...

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Part 8: The Box is done, BUT!!

01-26-2008 08:06 PM by Dick, & Barb Cain | 6 comments »

I completed the box yesterday, but I’ve been struggling to get my camera to work. All of the light areas of an image have a pink tinge, & I can’t edit the pink out. I even tried taking pictures outside, but it was even worse. Here’s an out door picture, Blah!! Maybe someone has a cure for this disease. HELP!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In the meantime I’d like to tell about my recent discovery. Barb has mult...

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