My first blog! Woodworking 2008 Contest progress and pics :)

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Blog entry by Ryan Shervill posted 01-13-2008 01:13 AM 1679 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I’m new to the whole blog thing….the ‘puter and I rarely see eye-to-eye, so I’ve never tried….well see how it goes :)

I am making some progress on the two entries. The “not just any box” catagory is a great opportunity to do something I otherwise can’t really do…build somethiing that I’d seen before (sort of!) I saw this jewellry box a while back, and it really “spoke”to me…but when your business is original woodworking, well…you kinda have to build “original” stuff! This is my chance to build it, and I have to admit….this is actually harder for me!
SWMBO is super excited, as she likes the lines of this box, and it’s going to her. (How ashamed should I be that I’ve been doing this full time for years and never built her a jewellry box?) She has NO clue as to the board I’m using though…I think she’ll be floored. There is a story behind the wood, but I’ll leave that for another page.

I had to scale everything back by about 10% to use the very special stock I had set aside, but all in all it’s coming together. Where the real work is going to come in is the inside. In the one I saw, the compartments are all empty…...mine definitely won’t be! I’ve always believed that a good box looks great on the outside, but a truly great box also looks spectacular on the inside. So in this one I will be trying a few new things to get maximum utility and maximum beauty into…and out of….the small space. I generally spend 2X the amount of time on the inside of my boxes than it takes me to construct the carcass…this means I have some SERIOUS bench-time coming up I guess…..

Heres what I did yesterday, all roughed out and ready for the precision work.
Now…the 2X4…..holy cow.

I bought a standard crappy wall stud, and thought “no problem! Lots of lumber there!” Not so much.
When I started layouts, I soon realized that I was going to have to rethink stock dimenions or find a way to make the sawdust part of the project :) Rule #1: Always allow for the kerf waste…it can mess you up!

I wanted to do something artistic, yet functional, and show alot of both technique and creativity…So far I’m many hours into it, and havent even brolken out the glue yet….I guess I’ve got the technique part covered ;)

I’m not going to give away what I’m building, but I will reveal that it is going to involve Chemical softening, steam bending, form laminating, peg jooinery, router technique, inlay, compund angles, dye and stain, and a whole lot of pure luck. What the heck…might as well jump in with both feet!

Heres some peeks.

Step 1. Build a steam chamber
Step 2. Build 8 different forms (two are here)
Step three: Rip a bunch O’ strips
PhotobucketStep 4: NOT telling! ;)

I just pray that I can get this done in time…’s hoping!

Thanks for looking everybody.


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#1 posted 01-13-2008 01:33 AM

Well, this should be fun to watch.

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#2 posted 01-13-2008 01:43 AM

This looks verrrrrrrry interesting.

Ryan . . . are your pics fuzzy or is it my eyes.

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#3 posted 01-13-2008 01:45 AM

Verrrry interestink!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Ryan Shervill

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#4 posted 01-13-2008 01:48 AM

LOL….woodworker…..not a photographer :)

Sorry in advance for any blurr induced migranes. I promise to have Chantelle and her “wonder camera” do the pics from here on in.

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#5 posted 01-13-2008 02:57 AM

...never built your wife a jewelry box! Oh the shame.
Both projects look exciting! I’m looking forward to them.
...shucks that remindes me about my wifes rocking chair…thirteen years later and she still hasn’t gotten it.

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#6 posted 01-13-2008 03:32 AM

Nice start Ryan…we will all be watching with great anticipation!

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#7 posted 01-13-2008 06:01 PM

Lets see…what did I learn today?

Softwoods are a pain in the butt to steam bend….thats what! Holy cow….a minute too short and you end up with tooth pics…a minute too long, and it just turns to mush. Been at it since 7:30 AM, I think I have it figured out….wish me luck! :)

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#8 posted 01-14-2008 02:45 AM

I have started a couple boxes for my wife and due to difficulties (lack of experience) I haven’t finished one yet. This site has taught me a lot and I will make her one. I am going to watch your progress good luck.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#9 posted 01-14-2008 03:05 AM

Ryan: We are all waiting. I hope that if it’s all toothpicks, you’ll at least lets us see it. So are you still on the first 2X4 or are you into multiple of them.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#10 posted 01-14-2008 03:18 AM

Hey Ryan, I can’t wait to see how you do. You got skills.

I tried to steam bend some of my first stud with miserable results and gave up to try another design. You seem to have a bit more stick-to-it’ness. I bet this wil be a charmer.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 01-14-2008 04:21 AM

It’s BRUTAL! I completely wasted the first 2X4 trying to get it to steam bend, and had to pull one out of the basement…like LITERALLY out of the basement…from the wall. I’ll replace it before the walboard goes up :)

If anybody wants to know how to steam bend a stud, heres what I’ve learned:

Step 1. Have a case of beer ready…your gonna need it.
Step 2. Cut the strips no thicker than 3/16”
Step 3. Soak them overnight in a mixture of 5 parts water to 1 part fabric softener (a piece of ABS or PVC works great for this)
Step 4. Put the strips in the steam box for 10-12 minutes…no more, no less.
Step 5. Get the strip clamped in the form immeddiately after removal, any more than 30 seconds out of the steam makes them unuseable.
Step 6. Leave the strips in the forms for 18-24 hours with a fan blowing on them to get them to form with minimal springback.

I’ve been able to get down to a 2” circle with about 75% success. It increases to 90% at 4:”, so thats what I’m building the project around.

Well, back to it! Thanks for the comments :)

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#12 posted 01-14-2008 05:00 AM

I hope you don’t have to rip another stud off the wall. Good story, keep it coming

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#13 posted 01-14-2008 11:04 PM

I’ve laughed; I’ve cried…..
and you say you don’t do blogging!!!

No jewelry box for your wife??? The crying part
Tore the stud from the wall!! The laughing part. Now THAT is taking this “2×4” stud idea to the extremes :)

The suspense with all of these teasers is driving me crazy. And loving every minute of it

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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