String inlaid box

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Blog series by JeremyPringle updated 09-22-2013 10:42 PM 12 parts 43971 reads 51 comments total

Part 1: April fools rabbet joint

04-02-2013 02:52 AM by JeremyPringle | 4 comments »

Disclaimer: This blog series is not intended to be instructional! It is for fun. SO… do not take it serisouly. My goal with this build it to challenge myself to do some stuff that I have not done before, or stuff that I am going to try and do better. I have thought this through extensivly, and have spend lots of time planning, drawing and designing this build. Everything I do, how I do it, and why I do it are intentional, and thats just the way I do it. Hello again. This is t...

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Part 2: Stringing the inlay

04-05-2013 03:18 AM by JeremyPringle | 2 comments »

Hi again, Picking up where I left off, I had just finished cutting the full blind dovetails for the box. With the box dry fitted, I used my planes to true up the tops and bottoms of the sides so they laid perfectly flat. The I used the trusty plow plane to make the groove for the bottom. Now, the fun begins. Time to play with my inlay tools. Starting with drawing out my lines and where the stringing is going to go. Interestinly enough, there is quite a learning curve with t...

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Part 3: Making the stringing

04-07-2013 03:22 AM by JeremyPringle | 3 comments »

Welcome again, I left off last time cutting grooves with the grooving tools. Well I am done cutting half of the grooves. I am going to cut half of them, and then inlay them, then cut the other half. I am doing this, because over the last few months, I have bee playing with this pattern, and I have found that if I cut the crossing grooves at the same time, the chance of mychipping out material is far greater, as well as putting in the stringing is more difficult and requires more cutting...

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Part 4: Old yeller... no wait, Old Brown

04-10-2013 04:39 PM by JeremyPringle | 5 comments »

Right from the on set of this project, I had the intention of using hide glue as my adhesive. (Old Brown Glue is quickly becoming my favorite glue) In my last post, simply because I was short time, I glued in two pieces of stringing with Titebond 3, took my pictures and set everything aside. Since I had a little bit of free time today, I was able to do a few things with this box. So I grabbed my Old Brown from the fridge, put a pot of water on the stove…. But because I knew I w...

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Part 5: Bent stringing

04-27-2013 02:33 AM by JeremyPringle | 4 comments »

Ok, now that the crazy week is behind me, I now have time to post what I did last week. First, I had to cut some stringing and bend it so I could glue it into the small curved grooves. Sorry for not taking pictures of the bending process. I basically heated up a 2” pipe with a torch until it was hot. Then I dipped my strining into some water and used a thin piece of metal as a backer and pressed it to the pipe, hold it for a few seconds…. done. Then I cut them and fit the...

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Part 6: Marquetry fail.

05-04-2013 03:29 PM by JeremyPringle | 4 comments »

First, a note on my new favorite tool… a Chisel point brad awl! Where has this been all my life? This makes installing hinges crazy easy. You need one too. Ok, now back to the marquetry for the top of the box. 1. Selected veneers 2. Draw my pattern, which I tried to copy from a picture in Pierre’s book. 3. Glue newsprint to the fronts of all my sheets 4. Press in air pump vac, with sheets of newspaper in between 5. Make packet Picture of my birdsmouth 6....

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Part 7: Inlay in the lid

09-02-2013 02:52 AM by JeremyPringle | 5 comments »

After going through all the effort to do some Boulle marquetry, I did not like the result. (see last entry) So the project was put on hold until I could 1. Find more time to dedicate to this. 2. Make a decision as to what to do. I finally made a decision on what to do with the lid. I sand shaded the edge of some maple slices and made fans. I failed to take pictures. But, I do have pictures of them being clamped in after I made the voids for them to sit in. Of course I used my route...

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Part 8: Edging the edges

09-03-2013 02:49 AM by JeremyPringle | 3 comments »

My Labour day was a good one. Spent quite a bit of time in the shop, and my son decided to tail me around all day, it was nice having some company in there. Pick up right where I left off last night…. I cut up some maple strips and glued then into the corners where I left space for them when I made the box. Then I used a plow plane to make the same size grooves in the top and bottom edges The I cut and glued in those pieces as well. Once the glue cured for a while, I rem...

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Part 9: One coat of Boiled linseed oil

09-05-2013 03:25 AM by JeremyPringle | 7 comments »

After letting the centre inlay cure in the OBG over night, I scraped it flush and clean. Then I went over the rest of the box and just cleaned up the little things before adding the coat of boiled linseed oil. I usually let the oil cure for 5-7 days before putting on the shellac. So without further ado… The shell design is one of a picture that I found in google after typing in conch shell. I took the picture and sent it to my dad, who lives a long, long ways away from ...

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Part 10: Mixing another batch of shellac

09-10-2013 04:00 AM by JeremyPringle | 4 comments »

I had some issues with the last batch of shellac that I mixed up. It did not dissolve very well, it went tacky too quickly, but yet took a really long time to cure. I contacted the person that supplied the shellac and I explained the situation. The response I got back was very interesting. I was told that the solvent I was using: Everclear, which is 95%, has 5% water. And that I should be using (because we live in Canada, we cannot get denatured) something called Bioflame. Which basical...

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Part 11: Installing the hinges but forgetting to pay attention

09-15-2013 10:53 PM by JeremyPringle | 7 comments »

So after several coats of shellac, and lots of time spent doing a bunch of other things, I finally found a few min to grab my camera and take some pictures while installing the hinges. I have done this several times on this site, so there is not much new and exciting going on… Mark out the shape of the hinge, small razor saw, knife, chisel and small router plane.. Like a glove!!! UUUmmmm… opps. Stupid stupid stupid!!!!! Oh well… client wont care. I can fix...

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Part 12: All done... mostly.

09-22-2013 10:42 PM by JeremyPringle | 3 comments »

All the hardware has been installed, the finish is great and it is pretty much done. There are still things to do for the inside, like make the little sliding tray, and get some stock and French fit the things that are going into the box… oh right… I have still not mentioned what is going into the box. Well a picture will tell it better. That’s right. My inlay tools will be going into this box. The large tools will be French fit in the bottom, and the sliding tray...

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