I think I might be losing it...

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Project by littlecope posted 12-07-2008 12:51 AM 2226 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This latest box I made with Maple sides and Cedar top and bottom, with a Cedar lining. The trouble is, smaller and smaller scraps are starting to look appropriate for box making…This one’s not even 4” long!! About half way through this project I started laughing at myself, wondering what exactly I thought I was doing making something so tiny! I don’t think it would hold a large egg! To make matters worse, I’ve already lined up wood for the next two boxes, both of which will also be dimensionally challenged. Ah well….
The third picture is of my older Brother Steve and I Christmas morning 1961. Note the tool kit I had just received from Santa already spread at my feet. I was three and already an aspiring Lumberjock! I included the picture as a way to be able to wish all of you a very heartfelt Merry, Safe, and Peaceful Christmas and all the best wishes for a Happy and Prosperous New Year!! Michael C.

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 12-07-2008 01:27 AM

Nicely done! I like the design. Nothing wrong with going small. It forces you to focus more and more on the detail work. Great job!

-- christopheralan

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#2 posted 12-07-2008 02:49 AM

Isn’t it funny that now days no one would consider giving a 3yo real tools (even if they are smaller). I used to have a set but was a little older (7yo I think) and still wish I kept it. My 8yo son now uses my bandsaw, bench sander and drill press – but some of his friends I would not trust there maturity/common sense to use a screw driver. For that matter my 12yo daughters best friend I would no trust with a foam hammer!

-- The wood slayer - Yes dear I did plan to make more kindling out of that wood I have been drying for the last year - honest!

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#3 posted 12-07-2008 02:52 AM

Nice box. And great picture.

-- 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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#4 posted 12-07-2008 04:58 AM

You’ve gotta love that picture of you guys, young LumberJocks in the making.


Funny thing Andraxia, I just thought the same. I think kids today are way too much shielded and that makes them develop self-confidence and skills issues. I used to use tools and do all kinds of “dangerous” things and I never hand any problem with it. At age 8 or so I almost everyday rode with our friends in our biles miles away from home and nobody knew where we where till the night came, no cellphones, nothing. The heck, I even cracked my head open a few times and it seems that I am still alive!

I guess in our old age we’re gonna be ruled by pussies… wait, no. it is already happening! :o)


Apart from that, Michael, and given that you seem to be very well engaged in the slippery slope of miniaturizing your work, you want to check this out. Larry does an amazing job in the field.

Just keep on sharing your work with us.

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#5 posted 12-07-2008 05:29 AM

I have always said that there isn’t much differnce in making a blanket chest or a jewelry box, basic same procedure, just different sizes. Then I add, it is more difficult to make a small item because of the safety aspects and there is less room to hide any imperfections.

Awesome job on the box

Amazing craftsmanship on the model furniture.

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#6 posted 12-07-2008 05:48 AM

My woodstove is starving, I keep taking wood out of the bin to make things. You are not hte only who thinks they are losing it. Nice box. Larry

-- It is, what it is.

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#7 posted 12-07-2008 10:34 PM

I recall spending about as much time playing with matchbox cars as tools, before I could ride a bike, I was adding onto my tree fort and making “stuff”

I guess those little model making power tools (proxxon I think?) – table saw, drill press etc… are starting to look good eh?

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#8 posted 12-08-2008 12:30 AM

Thanks for everybody’s comments! I followed my Dad through all of his home repair projects from the time I was walking pretty much, so it was only natural for me to get my own tools. It is funny that you don’t see that sort of thing much anymore. I actually built tree houses with those tools, so far up in the trees, when my parents saw them, they had to be taken down! Asked my Mom one time about it, asking from today’s perspective “Gee, Ma, how could you ever have let me do all those incredibly dangerous things I used to do?” Her answer was, without hesitation, “Because you could.” She said she never worried about me getting hurt or doing something genuinely stupid, while my brothers, on the other hand, she had to watch out for, for their own safety and her own peace of mind.
As far as miniature work, I’m not really shooting for that and am in absolute awe of some of the work I’ve seen done by others. I don’t have the eyesight, the abilities, the tools, nor the time for it. Some of my projects have been small, it’s true, but mostly from the constraints of available material. For instance, my latest cache of materials is a small box full of tiny Cedar scraps that a buddy of mine gave me. The longest pieces are only about 6” long but I’m probably going to “use ‘em ‘til they’re gone” because the stuff is such a pleasure to work with and is so beautiful when the finish is applied. I’ll be sure to keep everyone apprised of any new developments, and again, I want to thank everbody for their time and thoughts!
Michael C.

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#9 posted 12-08-2008 12:57 AM

Cute box.Love the xmas picture and a Merry One to you too.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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