Cherry Tissue Box

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Project by CreekWoodworker posted 08-17-2009 02:10 AM 1832 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first project starting with hit/miss rough lumber. I stopped by a local lumber mill and picked out some Pennsylvania Cherry. I decided to start off with a small project to see how easy/difficult milling rough lumber to size by hand can be. I don’t own a power jointer or thickness planer so relied on my hand planes and bench top band saw for most of the work. I cut the rough board to length, face and edge jointed. Resawed to thickness and face jointed the resawn face. I used a 1/2” blade on my bandsaw, as you can see the board pretty much max’ed out my saw’s capability and stressed the motor to a stop if I tried to move the wood too fast.

I gave the longer sides of the box a slight bow using a block plane to make it thicker on the bottom and thinner at the top. But I have to admit, the tapered sides was not by design, I messed up one of the panels… I got a little over aggressive when face jointing on one corners so corrected by matching the other sides, LOL.

Assembled using rabbet joints and finished with shellac. This project was fun… good exercise, but I think it might be time to save for a thickness planer or jointer for when I move to larger projects.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#1 posted 08-17-2009 02:29 AM

I like it. Neat job.

I don’t see the rabbet joints, and that has me intrigued.

-- jroot

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#2 posted 08-17-2009 02:49 AM

I think the tapered sides was a good design choice, even if it wasn’t planned. Good looking box.

-- John @

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#3 posted 08-17-2009 02:53 AM

jroot, the rabbet joint only shows in the first picture. The end grain in the corner is thicker at the bottom and thinner at the top. It’s hard to see the end grain in the picture.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#4 posted 08-17-2009 03:24 AM

Very, very nice. Cherry great for furniture, and smoking chicken and ribs.

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-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 08-17-2009 03:27 AM

Looks great super work


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#6 posted 08-17-2009 04:22 AM

That’s a beauty!

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#7 posted 08-17-2009 04:30 AM

Good looking box.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#8 posted 08-17-2009 07:54 AM

Good looking box. Nice “mid build design change” (we don’t make mistakes) haha

Keep it up.


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

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#9 posted 08-18-2009 02:26 AM

Everyone, thanks for the comments

Hey Karson, that’s some good looking chicken. I love rotisserie chicken… I’ll put some of the cherry scraps in the grill next time around. LOL.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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