Box for the Teleidescope

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-21-2017 02:01 AM 1813 views 3 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was made to house my latest teleidescope. It is made from osage orange and walnut. I almost threw it away when milling out the center. The Z axis shut off and when I turned it on ,I thought the number was the same as when it went off so I kept going deeper to hit the depth number and I put the cutter right through the bottom of the box and into the vise. I recovered with a walnut insert in the bottom and actually that was easier to cover with the felt than a bottom with a raised corner all the way around. Some things have a purpose for happening!!

I put in some clearance pockets to get my fingers in to pick up the scope and it has a brass pin and bushing for a latch.

It is finished with Danish oil and satin polyurethane.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 04-21-2017 02:35 AM

Nice save Jim! Glad you caught it before it hit China! The box is so nice; love the contrasting woods. Those clearance pockets are a good idea. Now you have a safe place to keep your Teleidescope. Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 04-21-2017 02:51 AM

Very nicely done Jim. The selection of wood types, and the perfect joints, make this a piece to be admired.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 04-21-2017 03:46 AM

Pretty cool box. I like that yellow part on top.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 04-21-2017 03:55 AM

Nice job and good save on the box Jim. I wondered what Osage and walnut would look like for a box, now I know.
I like the finger pockets too, have to remember that one.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 04-21-2017 04:12 AM

Very good, Jim!

You’re now a”box” man! :)


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#6 posted 04-21-2017 05:29 AM

Fine workmanship and colours Jim!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#7 posted 04-21-2017 05:56 AM

A tradesman always knows how to rescue a situation Jim, neat timber combo & the splice thru the base looks great . Top marks

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 04-21-2017 06:49 AM

Jim, I like this box. The wood choices are beautiful, the finish and fit are flawless. I especially like the bookmatched grain on the ends. Nice job. The insert for the top completes the look. This box is a gem. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 04-21-2017 07:36 AM

Beautiful box, Jim. I like the rounded ends and the contrasting woods. Nice save on the oops.

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 04-21-2017 10:23 AM

Nice work Jim. The hinges are well placed…they look good when presented from the inside. How do you rebate out the slot for the hinges? Do you pass it by the router? I tried a file but it just rounded over the edges.

Lovely wood contrast and blends well.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 04-21-2017 11:15 AM

Thanks you all for the nice comments.

Hi Cliff, I used to chisel out hinge pockets all the way. But now I lay them out, define the size of the pocket with chisel cuts on the lines. Then I set the router for the precise depth and flatten the pockets for the depth-cutting almost to the lines and take out the material around the sides with the chisel. They fit very well that way and it is very quick and the routing does not have to be precise around the sides.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 04-21-2017 11:32 AM

Great looking box Jim.

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#13 posted 04-21-2017 12:04 PM

Beautiful case and nice save, Jim!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#14 posted 04-21-2017 12:08 PM

That is really very good looking Jim.
Great save.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#15 posted 04-21-2017 12:30 PM

Jim….Thank you for the hinge pocket information. Very helpful!!!!!



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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