My first attempt(s) - 3

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Project by Coxy23 posted 07-02-2015 03:08 AM 2016 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing so many awesome boxes on LJ, I decided it was time to make one….well, three actually. This and two other posts will show them all…that I made at the same time. This one is oak with padauk top and keys. The bottom is covered with felt. It is about 3×4.75×7.5, is sanded to 400 and finished with 2 coats of mineral oil / beeswax in a 4:1 ratio…my new favorite. I learned a lot but clearly need to get better. This was my first use of padauk. I should say I think that is the species…it was in a scrap box and not labeled…please feel free to confirm or correct my thinking. The dust from that wood seems to stain everything it touches. I gave this one to a friend upon her leaving our place of employment. Thanks to all who post such great boxes so that I may be inspired and learn.

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#1 posted 07-02-2015 03:15 AM

Wild looking box. Nice job.

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

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#2 posted 07-02-2015 04:47 AM

Yep, approve of this one as well. Like the finished look of all 3, might have to try the beeswax treatment on a project in the future. Thanks for sharing!

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#3 posted 07-02-2015 05:17 AM

Coxy, you have a good eye. I like your wood choices in your three boxes. You have mastered all the essential techniques of box making. 45 corners, corner splines, matching grain, sawing off the top, adding sliding trays, rounding corners and the top, inset bottoms, and fine sanding. You might consider a longer lasting finish, a deeper top cut, a hinge and lift, and more about lifts.. I have added links to all these topics if you want to explore them. Your work is impressive and you have the one indispensable talent…the eye for color, contrast, and proportion.

Two final points. First, include “box” in your descriptors for your first box so it will show here. Second, you might want to spend a bit of time on your home page so we could know you better. I liked your other projects as well. If you have questions about the links or I can help…just ask. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 07-02-2015 01:54 PM

Box guy has made all the appropriate comments
practice makes perfect and you are well on your way
TNX for the post

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#5 posted 07-02-2015 08:15 PM

Hi Coxy
You mentioned in your post that the sanding dust stained the lighter woods. I’ve had the same problems here and there. I found an old article that dealt with this problem and the answer is simple … Quit sanding … and use a cabinet scraper instead.
It takes a bit of learning how to sharpen the scraper, but as you learn to prefect it you will find that you can get a fine finish with out sanding … hence no dust staining.

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

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#6 posted 07-03-2015 12:59 AM

Very nice, love the color combination. Great job on all three!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#7 posted 07-03-2015 12:28 PM

Thanks so much to everyone for the nice feedback. I have to be honest, I am a bit humbled by all the compliments…especially coming from those who are obviously very accomplished in box making.

Big Al – WOW – I really value your thoughts – I will be trying some of the techniques you mention…and thanks for all of your tutorials…they are time well spent to help the rest of us. I hope to be able to pay it forward someday.

Grumpy – thanks for the cabinet scraper idea. I have used one for removing glue but that is about it. I have read about sharpening them…you are right, a learning curve for sure.

Thanks again everyone.

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