answering the call ! the chalenge #1

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Project by patron posted 09-01-2009 04:58 PM 3332 views 3 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

a while back , i did a blog on midterm exam challenge ,
this is my response to that challenge to myself . it’s only fair that i should do this too !
also , Jim Crockett posted a question about some spline types that he didn’t understand the construction of ,
so i set about to understand these splines , and their possible constructions .
the chalenge to me , was that i have never made a box with mitered corners , thereby needing splines .
not having a miter sled , i used my osborne EB-3 miter guide to do this . with the saw at a 45 deg. angle .
well , i may not do this for a while , as getting the corners to match in the gluing was tedious for me , as i always have done my corners with a rabbet , so i always have a stop to work to .
here is the first of 2 boxes i made ,
this one has 5/8” dado splines , that i made first , gluing up strips of holly , redheart , and satinwood .
the box body is alder , and is book matched and folded . my logo ( crescent moon ) is holly and bubinga .
and the top and bottom is aromatic cedar that is book matched also .
i live in a very native american area , and know many people that belong to the
native american church , and this box is an order for their religious instruments and feathers .
the cedar is for the feathers , as they will slowly deteriorate from mites and bugs , so the inside of the box is not sealed , as they don’t like the cedar smell , and stay away .
the outside , is sealed with spray min-wax poly. it gave me very much trouble , as the dust in my shop kept sticking
to them , and the top joinery kept slotting open , and leaving lines in the finish .
so for a week , i just re-sanded ( maybe 8 times ) .
but , i finally listened to all the advise given here on LJ’S , and sealed them with
zinsser bulls eye sanding sealer , and wow ! it worked !
so i waited a while , for the dust to settle , and sprayed poly .
thanks everyone .
any way , the whole point was to challenge myself to something new , ( miters and splines ) ,
so here is one of two in this series .
enjoy , and as allways , your comments and critique is welcome !

-- 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 09-01-2009 05:19 PM

Beautiful work, as always, David.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 09-01-2009 05:39 PM

Great box and the top is really nice! Good workmanship!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Pat Cavanaugh

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#3 posted 09-01-2009 05:43 PM

David, Charlie’s right. You always do beautiful work. Just one question. I understand about not sealing the cedar but do you have any concerns about not sealing the alder? I know the humidity level in NM is low but I’d be worried about it affecting alder. Just a thought.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#4 posted 09-01-2009 05:54 PM

That is one sharp box, and it looks like a fair amount of work went into it.
Very well done!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#5 posted 09-01-2009 08:01 PM

Really very very beautiful!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 09-01-2009 09:54 PM

Eye catching! Thank you.

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

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#7 posted 09-01-2009 10:01 PM


that is one special box my friend and a good story behind the reason

Thanks for posting


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#8 posted 09-01-2009 10:14 PM

Keep them thinking.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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Dennis Zongker

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#9 posted 09-01-2009 10:18 PM

Great Looking box!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 09-01-2009 11:21 PM

beautiful! the way the grain is bookmatched when you open the box is brilliant.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#11 posted 09-02-2009 12:14 AM

Hello David,

This is beautiful work master, really beautiful.
I have the idea I see a new David.

Thanks man,


-- Greetings from the Netherlands.

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#12 posted 09-02-2009 12:21 AM

henrie ,
it is through our friendship ,
that i want to be as much as i can .
and since i have known you ,
i too see a new man in you !
life may be hard ,
but we don’t give up ,
we help each other ,
even if it is the blind helping the blind .

-- 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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#13 posted 09-02-2009 12:29 AM

David: A great looking box and a great challenge you made yourself.

-- 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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Ben Kahmann

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#14 posted 09-02-2009 02:51 AM

REAL sharp looking box Patron, real sharp

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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#15 posted 09-02-2009 03:43 AM

David this one also looks beautiful.

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

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