My wife's anniversary present a chiseled candy box

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Project by diverlloyd posted 05-16-2015 01:14 AM 2005 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So as the title says this is my wife’s anniversary gift. It’s made of cherry and walnut. I started by making a cherry block 3” thick and grabbed a piece of walnut 1” thick. The only power tools used were a ROS and a 4” hand grinder. The grinder made the curves in the lid and the bottom of the box. I chiseled out the whole interior of the box then rough cut the outside and chisel finished it.

I know that’s a lot of work but I go into a happy place with a hammer in my hand. I used poly as the finish but had some large gnats land in it over night. That’s where the ROS came in, the new tool(toy) did a nice job and the harbor freight adhesive backed 180 worked well. So I just sprayed some clear lacquer on it I have had no luck with the poly( spilled half of the can before I started the finish.

I was going to steam bend the outside but after reading about it I wouldn’t have had the drying time to finish on time. Anyways it turned out ok and I got a lot of chisel time. Feel free to leave some comments and I will answer questions that are asked also.

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#1 posted 05-16-2015 01:35 AM

Very nice, AJ! Cherry and walnut look great together. Making the edge rabbet on the lid with hand tools gets you some galoot points! Happy Anniversary and thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 05-16-2015 01:42 AM

OMG, I just knew this was a bandsaw box! Chisels and all handtools adds a whole new dimension. Turned out great! I hope your bride appreciates the amount of WORK you put into this.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 05-16-2015 02:05 AM

I thought about using the bandsaw but at 4” thick I was worried I would screw something up. Not to mention the fun with a hammer and chisel.

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#4 posted 05-16-2015 03:17 AM

Very awesome job, especially with hand tools. Great box.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 05-16-2015 03:27 AM

Ditto what Andy said. You CHISELED the whole thing out! I would have done everything I could to use power tools. Now it looks even better.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#6 posted 05-16-2015 11:24 AM

Best gift for anyversary, only my wife would like it full of jewellery too. :-)

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 05-16-2015 12:56 PM

Thanks for the replies

Ivan if I put jewelry in that my wife would have a sit down talk with me. She isn’t a fan of jewelry.

Bill I’m not a fan of power tools although I have a nice collection. I thought about using a router but I don’t have any bits the would go down that deep or long enough to flush cut the outside. My luck I would get almost finished and the bit would break and lodge in some random part of my body. But I did enjoy the new ROS sander it makes sanding not so bad.

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#8 posted 05-16-2015 06:33 PM

Thank you for the box. I will use it at work

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#9 posted 05-16-2015 06:43 PM

Hey AJ

I like what you did and know she will like it too.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#10 posted 05-16-2015 07:37 PM

WoW!! She should love that!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 05-16-2015 07:51 PM

Arlin and topa she does that is her that Notandy. She said she logged in while she was making bets for the Preakness to see the comments.

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#12 posted 05-17-2015 01:24 AM

Beautiful box.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#13 posted 05-21-2015 02:26 AM

Very nice work with the chisel there likewise thought you used bandsaw. Yes woodworking has a calming effect when things are going correctly ! :)))

-- Do it with your heart in it.........keep sanding

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