Rosewood by any other name...

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Project by maplerock posted 05-23-2014 03:06 PM 2447 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Every once in a while I make a box that makes me say, “wow… I love this one!” This is one of those boxes. It is heavy. Probably the densest wood and heaviest box (for its size) I’ve made. It is 12” x 8” x 6” high. The lid is made of the same wood and is gorgeous.
I believe it to be Rosewood (Brazillian?) but I am not positive. What do you guys think?

And I’ve been busy. Never been to a show to sell boxes before, but I am teaming up with Boxguy this weekend. We’ll be set up and trying to pay for our titebond glue and sandpaper by letting a few of our boxes go to good homes.

Two benefits if I actually sell some, $$$$ and I’ll get my family room back!

Hope you liked the box, and as always thank you for your comments and suggestions.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#1 posted 05-23-2014 03:17 PM

Makes me say “wow” too….The rosewood (if that what it is) is beautiful !....Well done and good luck to you both selling your boxes this weekend

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Steve Kreins

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#2 posted 05-23-2014 04:06 PM

WOW is right! I love the details and my daughter is looking over my shoulder say, “Awe, Pops, can you make me one like that?” I said “Sure, I’d have to order a little wood. It shouldn’t be more than $200 and no I wont take a check.” If you don’t mind I would like to ask some questions since this is my school and you are one of my favorite teachers.

1. How did you finish it?
2. How do you cut your thumb notches?
3. Is the top piece rabbited on or how is it attached?
4. What wood for the inside compartments?

One more, where are you and BoxGuy going to be. I was in the hospital when he had the show in Austin and was really disappointed.

Keep inspiring and I’ll keep doing my homework! God Bless!

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#3 posted 05-23-2014 04:22 PM

Thanks kdc, and you too Steve! Hope you’re feeling well today.

The box is sanded very well… I have seven orbital sanders, each with a different grit. They are lined up like soldiers on my sanding table, sitting there in order… waiting for the call. 80, 120, 240, 320, 400, 600, and 800. The 400 is a palml sanderand does the best job for me. It’s my “go to guy” for rounding corners and smoothing the marks from the other grits (norton sandpaper). The 600 and 800 are just for showing off.

The thumb notch is done with a Ridgid oscillating sander. Here is Boxguy’s tutorial on doing it with his equipment. I don’t usually do the scalloped look that he likes, but the first step is identical to what I do. In fact, those freckled old hands in the pics are mine. :-)

I glue on the top piece. Flat to flat. Titebond molding glue and a home made press get it done for me. Afterward I use a flush router bit and then round over. I use 3 different round over bits depending upon the size of the box and the mood I’m in.

I used cherry for the inside tray and old venetian blind slats for the inserts. Another Boxguy tip. Our show is in southern Indiana.

I am pricing this one at $250 and fully intend on taking it home with me after the show. Good luck buddy, glad to help!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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Steve Kreins

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#4 posted 05-23-2014 04:51 PM

Thanks for the lesson!But, what about the finish?

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#5 posted 05-23-2014 05:08 PM

Home run…! That has more of a gold tone to it that the Rosewood I have been working with. I find that there are many variations of Rosewood and whatever type you have has created a winner.
Good Luck at the show. They are always so much fun. You and Al should sell a lot of boxes and keep yourselves in lumber & tool money.

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#6 posted 05-23-2014 06:26 PM

Steve, sorry. I use a mixture of mashed potatoes and gravy. Set it in the sun for about 2 days then rub it in the wood in a circular motion. Buff out any bits of meat and after it thoroughly dries wipe a thin coat of blackberry jelly. Then lick the box clean. At that point you need to buff it out with a dry cloth.

Seriously though, I don’t use any stains. One coat of Min-Wax Tung Oil, steel wool lightly, then three or four coats of Min-Wax Wipe On Poly. With light steel wool in-between. This box I used the gloss version.

I used to use a paste wax after poly, but I am not going to from now on. It dries to a nice slick finish, but over time can fade and dull… necessitating a clean and reapplication. It works for a lot of people, but I hope people won’t abuse my boxes and the poly will provide protection enough.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#7 posted 05-23-2014 11:11 PM

If they abuse a 250 box maybe they will come back for another one?

Seriously Nice Piece.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 05-23-2014 11:15 PM

Looks GREAT!

Whatever the wood is, it sure is a nice box!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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Steve Kreins

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#9 posted 05-23-2014 11:19 PM

Thanks, I needed a laugh, but made my stitches hurt from yesterdays procedure. I do the same thing, but I use chicken gravy so the grain shows better.

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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Dan'um Style

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#10 posted 05-24-2014 12:42 AM

Good luck on your art show.
Hope you do well.
Let us know how many you sell.
I would find it quite interesting to know.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#11 posted 05-24-2014 12:48 AM

WowZa Jerry. What a nice collection there. I hope you do well. Some mighty fine projects right there.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#12 posted 05-24-2014 04:04 AM

Now that is a pile of nice boxes.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#13 posted 05-24-2014 04:47 AM

Jerry, it is not every day that we get a quote from Juliet’s balcony speech on this site. Shakespeare would be so proud. This box looks great! What a wonderful job! Nice hinges! I can’t wait to see all your new boxes tomorrow. I like peach jam for a final finish.

I am a little sore from lifting boxes over the wall to the booth today. A special thanks to Tanner for all of his help in setting up the booth. Selling from the tent will be an adventure, but the spot we got is nice and shady. We’ll send pictures. Here is a link to Jerry’s hands making the lift notches. This is more about lift notches. This is a possible press design for making attached tops.

-- Big Al in IN

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DeLayne Peck

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#14 posted 05-24-2014 01:29 PM

Jerry and all: Here’s How when it comes to identifying wood: The Wood Data Base.

Beautiful again! But may be we should take up a collection and get you and Box Man lathes. You guys are a couple Squares.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#15 posted 05-24-2014 02:28 PM

Jerry and Al. You guys build beautiful, unique creations. Send them out into the world. Have some fun with all those you meet this weekend.

-- Rod - Oregon

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