Box to hold some Jeff Beck

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Project by drewpy posted 11-24-2015 03:20 PM 1629 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made another box for my buddy that moved to North Carolina. He recently asked me for some Jeff Beck music so I made him 10 Cd’s. He will copy them to his MP3 player for the beach but he still uses CD’s in the car. When I got done making the CD’s, I figured I might as well make a dedicated case to store them.

I was going to attempt to make a dowel hinge (by Rob Cosman) and a handmade clasp. The first height cut was made for the back and then I realized with the mitered corners I wasn’t going to be able to do what I was thinking. I just used that for the front and moved on. Hope you can picture that. Anyway, I adjusted and came up with this slide lid box.

The box is made from ½’ Cherry and measures 6 ½ x 6×7. The spines are walnut and padauk. I switched to a thin kerf blade for the padauk splines. The different thicknesses isn’t highly noticeable. In the future I want to try also using a handsaw for even thinner splines. I cut the top with the curved rings centered and in the smallest area by the front of the lid I carved out an area for your thumb to be able to grip the lid better. The rings then kinda look like extensions of your thumb. That’s what my mind see’s anyway. Haha

The top still looked bland to me and I came up with the idea of adding Jeff Beck’s signature. I really don’t have the skills to attempt such a thing and remember seeing a high school fabrication lab display at the air show this summer. I called them up and they said their lab was open to the public on Saturday’s. You have access to all their equipment but you had to bring your own materials. Perfect!! I copied the signature onto my thumb drive, used their laser engraver and was fortune enough to have a great high school kid help me out. I like to try and stay true to only doing what I can with what I have but this was pretty cool. It looks great and spending a Saturday afternoon with a couple of very smart and creative kids was a blast.

It seems these STEM high schools and fab labs are all over. Here is the info of the school I went to if anyone is interested in taking a look. – I also recently found out a community college a couple of miles away offers free general public use of their fabrication equipment.

The finish is just one coat of Danish oil and then one coat of General Finishes wipe on poly. When thinking about it, I really didn’t need much protection. It’s made to get used and beat up in the car without worry.

I’ll be in North Carolina on December 5th for his wife’s 60th birthday party and will give it to him the day after.

For those of you that celebrate Thanksgiving, have a great Thanksgiving with your family and friends!! Everyone else, make some sawdust and have fun!!


-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#1 posted 11-24-2015 05:14 PM

Beautiful CD storage. I like the opening system and those corner inserts.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 11-24-2015 05:29 PM

I was thinking “wow, a really elegant signature, I couldn’t do that.” Now I know why. LOL! Nice piece.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 11-24-2015 06:25 PM

I like it Drew. Lightly finished cherry was a great pick for something that is going to get beat up.

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#4 posted 11-25-2015 02:28 PM

You put a lot of good thought into this present and all the details add up to a very nice box .
Nice choice of wood and the effort you put into the signature will be appreciated .

Happy Thanksgiving


-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 11-25-2015 03:41 PM

Hi Drew.
The box came out very nice and housing the music one of my favorite guitarists makes it even better. The autograph you engraved was a great touch. Very creative.

I’m making some step stools for my grandsons and I’m trying to figure out a way to get their names engraved on the top steps. You may have provided me with a resource to look for to meet that element of the build. I’ll have to see if there is something similar here in Southeast Georgia.

Thanks for sharing,

-- Bill...Richmond Hill, GA--"83% of all statistics are made up."

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#6 posted 11-25-2015 10:28 PM

Thanks everyone. It was a rewarding project that ended up have some extra fun and excitement with it.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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