here's to you , joe ,the movie !

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first of all , i would like to thank all of you , that consoled me , and my family .
on the passing of our brother , joe . i plan on sending them each a copy of your heartfelt words and input .
i hadn’t yet got to process this event , until i started reading all your responces .
it brought light to me , and opened me up and helped me to process this event , as i’m sure it will for them .
also i sent some pm”s out to some of you , and hope you can forgive my somewhat dark demeanor in them .
that being said , please no more condolances , we did that allready !
when i finally got joe’s ashes , in a cardboard box , the size of a six pack of beer ( some how appropriate ) !
i thought to take them to the rio grande gorge ( smaller than the grand canyon , but just down the road )
and ask God to watch over him , and let the wind have him .
then our brother star wanted some to take to mexico , were joe was born , and have his prayer there .
our sister judy was fine with this , but couldn’t do anything because of her health , but her son james wanted
some to take to a spiritual lake near here , to do his own prayer with his son , for joe and another uncle of the sons
toghether .
well , i suddenly had to expand my horizon , and instead of sending joe in a jar to each of them , i decided to make a box for him instead , and hold him there until everyone was ready to do their thing .
one thing led to another , and the other night , when a friend came to visit , and was watching some thing on tv
i got up and went into the shop , and this time with no plan , just got all the exotics out , and ripped some off of each
and procedded to make this.

there are 4 boxes here , all bookmatched together , tops , sides inside top and bottoms .
because of the process , each is some how individual .
my thoughts are that each of us will get to do our goodbyes in our own way ,
and have a reminder of joe that is quieter than he was ?
i might even ask him to guard my money in mine !
this all just happened on it’s own , and i am very greatfull for the way it is working out .

each box has sides and ends that continue around each box ,and all together ,
the boxes have the sides continuing around all 4 boxes .

so lets get on with the movie !
this is the first step , whether this or any other cut and switch project .
make boards the same size , whatever woods you use , or weather you stay with the grain ,
or alternate it or the colors of the wood .

double stick tape the boards together ,
i always start out with boards larger than finnished size , as saw kerfs eat up some of the dimensions ,
and you want to recut and square letter .

now just cut however you like , in this case i did a starburst from the corner .

now switch every other one ,
you still have 2 boards , just reverses of each other ,
but with the same ” book match ” and grain !
up until this point in time , i had made many matching
boxes this way , ( for a married couple , or for sisters or brothers ) .
but when i walked into the shop the next morning i realized that
i could make 4 of them by spliting each in half .
wow ! 4 tops !

glueing up the ” puzzle ” .
after cleaning up (sanding ) , and recutting ,
i added the ” sun ” to the corner , and recut again to make everything square and even .
forgot to take photo of this .

now i am spliting the pieces on the tablesaw to score both sides for the bandsaw
to track in . ( note : keep the same face against the fence for this )
as my band saw dosn’t have resaw abilitys yet .
also note stop on outside of piece , this helps keep the piece straight and from wobbleing .

now for the box sides and ends ,
here i used black walnut and cherry ,
as that is what i could find at the lumber store .

after glueing up and cleaning and dressing the boards ,
rip them into 2 boards , and dressing them also
the important thing here is to mark the corners of the box to be
on the face on both ends ,
and in the bandsaw cut to be parallel to the sides of the board ,
if you dont do this , you wind up with ” pointy corners ” .
hold your hands as if praying , and keeping tips and heel toghether
open them apart to form a square ,
this is how the sides and ends are tacken from the boards .
1 side and one end from 1 board , the other side and end from the other

with all parts ready cut to size , i rabbet the top and bottom sides of the
sides and ends , and the ends of the sides only , not the ends ,
as they fit into end of side .
cut top and bottom to fit also .
this is just how i do it , anyway you make your box is fine ,
it is your statement !

lay out everything in its proper place making sure
that parts are not mixed or spun around .
sand all insides now . .

and glue together , trying not to run glue inside ,
as it is a pain to clean later .

so thats about it , as you can see ,
i am the lazyest carpenter i know ,
i look for the simplest way to do something ,
and let the tools do the work.
the rest is just cutting open and oiling the inside (watco )
and applying some stop hinges from lee valley ( they are not here yet ) ,

so thank you for this memorable experience ,
and bless you all !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#1 posted 07-11-2009 12:47 AM

Those are fantastic, great gesture.

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Dan'um Style

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#2 posted 07-11-2009 01:13 AM

beautiful work … you amazing with the bandsaw

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 07-11-2009 01:23 AM

Bravo!!! Bravo!!!

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

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#4 posted 07-11-2009 01:25 AM

Hey Bud
Thanks for the great how too .
peace to your whole family during your upcoming activities


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#5 posted 07-11-2009 01:52 AM

Beautiful, absolutely beautiful.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 07-11-2009 02:57 AM

wow,,, i should save the way you make it on my file,
its always that simple but great result, do you have another room for me to stay for a week? learn all your works,lol.
thank you for sharing with us.



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#7 posted 07-11-2009 03:25 AM

This says to me that there is unity in celebration. All of you have different plans to celebrate your brothers life, and each of you has a piece of that celebration. VERY nice work. Congratulations on your closure.


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#8 posted 07-11-2009 03:27 AM

Very impressive. Great inspiration and fantastic proccess! Thank you for the step by step.

Keep up the fantastic work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#9 posted 07-11-2009 03:40 AM

Patron my friend you make some wonderful projects, this one no exception. Great use of your gift to remedy the situation. May the lord continue to channel his grace through you always.

-- James, Bluffton, IN

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#10 posted 07-11-2009 05:20 AM

Gorgeous work and a wonderful tribute. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#11 posted 07-11-2009 11:10 AM

Wow David!! These boxes look great both together and individually!! Thanks for posting the build along as well.


-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#12 posted 07-11-2009 11:40 AM

Thank you for sharing your skill, life and heart!

P.S. Its nice how you show your feet/toes to give us a size perspective! LOL

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

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#13 posted 07-11-2009 12:34 PM

David, these are spectacular!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#14 posted 07-11-2009 01:06 PM

I agree!

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#15 posted 07-11-2009 01:11 PM

With your skills, you have enabled your whole family to equally share your brother…....outstanding David.

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