Hazel's box

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Project by stanley_clifton posted 05-06-2009 11:51 PM 2365 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A box made as a thank you present for someone who has been helping me at work.

The sides are spalted elm with a waney edge and worm holes; kiln drying should have seen off the worms. The ends, legs and top are walnut. Base is plywood. The piece is part fixed with beech pegs, which I now wish I’d made smaller and from a slightly softer timber.

Generally the construction is mortise and tenon glued up with epoxy resin adhesive (taking no chances). The pegs were used due to the difficulty of glueing onto end grain, particularly as the elm’s spalting had gone just a little too far and the timber kept crumbling away. The hidden hinges are just dowel. A marking gauge and no 4 plane with back up from a block plane was used to form the panel style relief on the lid.

Finish is Danish oil cut bcak with wire wool and wax polished. The piece was supposed to be more ‘rustic’ than it is, so I’ve effectively spoilt it against my original concept by over finishing. Oh well – I still think that it looks ok!

Another challenging piece that was enjoyable to make and from which I have learnt a lot. I hope that Hazel likes it.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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#1 posted 05-06-2009 11:59 PM

Hey Stan
This is a real winner good job


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#2 posted 05-06-2009 11:59 PM

Nice work Stanley! Rustic and professional.

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#3 posted 05-07-2009 12:16 AM

Looks good, keep up the good work…

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#4 posted 05-07-2009 12:42 AM

Very nice box and I am sure Hazel will love it.

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#5 posted 05-07-2009 02:15 AM

looks very nice

-- "I'm a lumbrjock and I'm OK..."

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#6 posted 05-08-2009 06:34 AM

Glad you learned a lot. That’s the benefit of doing something out of your head instead of from a plan. You’ll never forget those lessons. Neat box.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#7 posted 05-16-2009 12:11 AM

Stop press: Hazel e-mails to say that she loves the box and that it’s in pride of place in her lounge. Huzzah!

-- Stanley generally struggling

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