Log Cabin Jewelry Box ?????

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Project by OldWrangler posted 12-09-2014 04:41 AM 1832 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Guys, this is one of those projects that gave me problems from the beginning but I kept at it. I don’t like the way it came out but it’s starting to grow on me. It’ll wind up on a shelf somewhere in the house. My vision of what I was building was different from what it ended up but I’ve gotten used to that.

It is basically a box 9” x 11” x 14” tall. Totally BKP scrap from my buddy Monte. It’s made of 1/2” x 1/2” newels (is that really a word?) stacked log cabin style into a domed box. “Logs” have edges routed with a round over bit. Everything is glued, not a nail or screw except for the screws holding the hinges…..good old Titebond III. The box is lined with aromatic cedar throughout. Bottom of box and tray are lined with hair-on cowhide and lid knob is a piece of deer antler, polished and yes, it is held on by a screw. There are 87 logs total plus base, legs and drawers. It really cleaned out the scrap bin.
On the left side of the box is a hidden drawer that can’t be seen ( it is really camouflaged by the logs) and it comes out easily by pushing through a hole on the bottom side. Drawer was a booger to make. It just wouldn’t slide out until with enough sanding and a few expletives, it loosened up. Now it works fine…has enough friction to hold it in until you push it out from underneath. It is also lined with cowhide and is about 1 1/2” deep. Finish is my favorite stain, Minwax Golden Pecan and my usual unimpressive rattle-can Poly.

Let me know what you think. Is it different enough to keep? Is it just more firewood? Is the design a whole lot better than the execution? Did I just waste about 3 weeks fooling with this? If you think it sucks, I’d really rather not know. You can say …”well, it is different” or “I’ve never seen anything like it” and I’ll know what you really mean.

Next project is another BS box that looks like a vine with 4 big leaves (those are the drawers). My idea looks kool on paper and not hard to make….more of Monte’s BKP.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#1 posted 12-09-2014 05:08 AM

Great piece nicely done, love the grain and wood choice

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#2 posted 12-09-2014 10:11 AM

you should be proud of this. The secret drawer is pretty cool.

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#3 posted 12-09-2014 11:07 AM

design and execution appear to be spot on but I’m not in love with the color – picture makes it look too yellow

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 12-09-2014 11:16 AM

Flatrock, what are you doing up a 4 am? Can’t sleep (like me) or some kind of job? You and me must be the only LJs awake this time of day. I had a rough day yesterday and was exhausted. I konked out about midnite unlike my usual 2 am bed time so then I get my usual 3-4 hours before I’m up for the day. A couple of power naps during the day and I am good to go. Yesterday I was too busy to stop for naps or lunch. Then I noticed I was falling asleep while sanding. That gave rise to the idea of falling asleep at the table saw or band saw. That scared me back to the house for a cold Sam Adams and an hour nap watching TV. I didn’t get back in until after 8 pm last night. Some of the time I was just watching glue dry….see how exciting my life is!
All the Christmas items are done except for this jewelry box for granddaughter and some bookcases for the wife’s birthday on Christmas Eve. The box is going slow (another hidden drawer) but getting there and the bookcases are a 2 day knockout. For fun I am finishing 3 hunting knives and their sheaths.. Wish I could find some alligator hide cheap as it makes a real impressive sheath. I’ve sold some of my knives at craft shows and on Ebay and they usually bring around $100. Usually I don’t have more than $25-30 in a knife. If I counted my time at even minimum wage, I don’t make anything. But here’s the deal. Blessed with a wife who handles our money, we are comfortably fixed and I don’t need to make any more, just cover my shop expenses for wood, tools, glue etc, etc. The woodworking is my therapy. I always feel better in the shop and being active 6-8 hours a day is the main reason my Parkinson’s is not progressing very fast. The woodworking, knife making, leather work and other stuff give me a good reason to get up. I have never complained about working 10 hr. a day as I enjoyed the work and made some pretty good money. Now I don’t make anything but saw dust but I love it. ‘ll be back at it in about 2 hours. I have in mind that I am gonna live forever….so far it’s working!

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#5 posted 12-09-2014 12:25 PM

natural li

Dick, you are right. Indoors with a flash is not the way to photograph this box. It is much more attractive in natural light. Here’s a pic from inside with no flash better but still not right. I’ll get some better shots outdoors later when the son comes up.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#6 posted 12-09-2014 12:32 PM

great piece of work buddy, I am making something in this line coming soon to a lumber jocks near you!

-- James,Alabama,

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#7 posted 12-09-2014 02:09 PM

You did good. You need to watch working while sleeping though. You may go to sleep walking with your tools and then we will hear your back hurts

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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#8 posted 12-09-2014 05:23 PM

Very cool looking. I like the way it hides the drawers. Always quality work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 12-09-2014 05:36 PM

Well. It is different bud.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#10 posted 12-09-2014 07:48 PM

That looks really cool. LOVE the hair on cowhide

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 12-09-2014 10:26 PM

What a unique project! I just love it ( and it is out side the regular box … so to speak … )
The cow hide is a really nice touch for this rustic box.
Lessee now, BKP, log look, cow hide, arched top, and antler … The only thing I can think of to make it more rustic would be leather strap hinges from an old boot.
A tip of this old guy’s hat on this piece.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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