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Project by Mugsy posted 12-20-2015 09:47 PM 1665 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A gift for my mom for Christmas. I made this with all hand tools – my first time trying that. That was a lot of ripping, resawing and planing! The only power tool was at the very end to pre-drill the holes, only because I had no idea how else to do that.

Cherry and walnut, sanded to 220 and Danish oil to finish. The only things I need to figure out is whether to put a second coat or leave it as is. Just have a few days until I give it to her, so I need to decide by tomorrow.

-- Matt, San Antonio

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#1 posted 12-20-2015 09:55 PM

Matt, this turned out so nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 12-20-2015 10:09 PM

Thank you Charles. That means a lot from you, with the boxes (and everything else) that you’ve got on here!

-- Matt, San Antonio

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#3 posted 12-20-2015 11:05 PM

I love those joints and go Spurs!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#4 posted 12-21-2015 12:02 AM

Thanks Josh. I was really worried about doing them with a hand saw. I was pleasantly surprised. Lol

And absolutely Go Spurs Go!

-- Matt, San Antonio

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#5 posted 12-21-2015 12:22 AM

Looks great Matt.

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

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#6 posted 12-21-2015 05:36 AM

Matt, this is a great project and a labor of love. Working with hand tools is rewarding, but can be tedious. Nice job. I am sure this will be treasured by your mom and she will think of you every time she uses it.

Add another coat by applying the finish and wiping away the excess before it gets tacky. If is gets tacky, apply a light coat and rub it with a paper towel or cloth immediately. It won’t take so long to dry if you wipe on and wipe off. For more sheen, you could also apply thin coats of wipe on poly instead. Keep boxing and keep posting. This is my method of finishing boxes.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 12-21-2015 03:14 PM

Thank you drewpy

Thank you for the kind words! It is definitely a labor of love. I think I have enjoyed this build more than any others I have done with power tools. Though it took me a couple of months of nights and weekends since I didn’t have the luxury of zipping pieces through my table saw.

That’s a beautiful finish you put on your boxes. I wouldn’t have thought to go above 220 grit. Whenever I read about adding finishes, especially oil, I always read that it can’t be too smooth or the oil won’t penetrate and soak in as well. I’m definitely going to try your method.

And I do agree with you – the I always get really excited to put the first coat of finish on to see what it’s going to look like when the wood isn’t dull and raw.

-- Matt, San Antonio

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