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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 12-07-2014 07:40 PM 3080 views 12 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Christmas gift that I just finished. It is made from figured cherry with walnut and maple splines. The maple being longer to provide support for the tray. It has redwood burl veneer on the top and bottom surfaces of the top’s insert. The bottom of the box and tray are done in brown leather. The hinges, handle and latch pin and bushing are solid brass.

The tray has a false bottom that is held in with 4- 10mm rare earth magnets. The handles are integral with the sides.
The “peanut”(which was turned on 3 centers) holding the pins for the false bottom removal is made from spalted beech wood. The pins are 5/64” allen wrenches because plain steel pins would bend easily. The false bottom is milled for dollar bill storage.

I was going to put dividers in the tray, but not knowing the size of all that could be stored there, I opted to leave them out

The last shot is the typical method for pulling the four pieces together the for gluing.
Klaus, I have been meaning to make some of your corner clamps and could have used them on this project, but the bungee cord had to do!!

I t is 5 5/8” high, 6” deep and 13” wide and finishes with clear matte spray.

Merry Christmas to you all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....................cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 12-07-2014 07:57 PM

this is a wonderful box, with some really great options jim, i know this will be treasured as a wonderful gift, thank you for showing us..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#2 posted 12-07-2014 08:12 PM

nice job Jim.

-- Chuck, wiswood2

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Matt Nudi

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#3 posted 12-07-2014 08:32 PM

That’s an awesome box, I love it. I like that you’ve created a fine box but still kept the feeling of “manliness” to it. Great work!

-- - Still a new guy to the craft, but always striving to learn more

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#4 posted 12-07-2014 08:36 PM

Beautiful box Jim….love the bungee cord clamp system…. You got that trademarked??? Lol I bought a ratchet strap clamp at HF a few weeks back for 6 bucks. Was working on a serving/bed tray yesterday and got to use it for the first time…worth every penny. Just doesnt look as cool as your system does.
Be attempting my first ever corner splines tomorrow…. Keep your fingers crossed that they come out half as well as yours.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#5 posted 12-07-2014 08:45 PM

Nicely done. Clever handling of the false bottom. I particularly like the way you finish all the exposed surfaces, and the way you handle the interior.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#6 posted 12-07-2014 08:52 PM

Beautiful box with some nice surprises Jim. I like the tray with the handles and also the secret bottom.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 12-07-2014 10:17 PM

I love it! Lots of places to hide stuff!! Great job!!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#8 posted 12-07-2014 10:48 PM

You have tickled my fancy with this box. I love the redwood burl. The false bottom (love secret stashes). MAGNETS, I have been a magnet fan for decades. The lifting tray handles, superb. Great looking box Jim. Quite pleased you also got some turning in there too.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#9 posted 12-07-2014 11:24 PM

This is way nice Jim. The false bottom is an awesome option. Lotsa gr8 details, and super build all the way around.

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

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#10 posted 12-07-2014 11:47 PM

That turned out real nice and will make someone very happy .
I like that secret compartment and how you attached it have to remember that one for future use .
Now about that box clamp do you want the plan or do I have to make one for you takes about an hour .


-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 12-08-2014 12:16 AM

Very NICE Jim!

Someone is going to be very happy!!

Great job… as usual!

I like your Signature Stamp: “Made is U.S.A.”
... very nice touch! :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#12 posted 12-08-2014 12:37 AM

Very nice Jim. The burl really makes it. Is there a trick to pulling off the false bottom or just get your finger in there and pull it apart. I’m not catching that. lol It’s probably staring me in the face.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#13 posted 12-08-2014 12:47 AM

Very nice Jim. I love all the different materials that you used in making this box. It turned out perfect.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#14 posted 12-08-2014 12:58 AM

Very nice box.

-- "The Cedar King"

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#15 posted 12-08-2014 01:06 AM

wonderful trunk Jim, wished I could do that!

-- James,Alabama,

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