Ring Box

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Project by Bertha posted 12-18-2017 01:58 AM 1441 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to make a small ring box. To hold a ring. In a box.

I used some really old, really dry walnut that I sized to 1/2”.

Cut a bunch of tiny tiny dovetails with a thin kerf DT saw.

I wanted to use some flooring cut from a old church undergoing renovation.

Had to resort to diamond in the angle grinder and fein. I first epoxied it to a 1/4” wide piece of wormy chestnut. After much destruction, I finally got one cut.

I trimmed off the excess wood for a tight fit, epoxied it in 1/8” proud, and shot a couple 23Ga pins.

I put a thin coat of epoxy over the tile and the rest is finished in Walnut Danish Oil, wetsanded to 800.

OK, I had to stop and make a lock chisel for the 1/2 mortise lock. Cooked, shaped, and quenched some 01 and sharpened it up. Turned a paduak handle.

Use it like this:

Well, that sucked. Before you say anything, I know I should have cut the mortise before putting the box together. I wanted to see if this would suck and it did. Blew out a portion of a dovetail, even though I was careful.

Hardware is Brusso. I planned to use SOG barrels but the wood is so fragile that I could see the cheek blowing out.

I cut up one of those sea noodle things for the cushion things. I chose pink because I may be gay. I also may not be. Mounted the leather with that E6000 rubber cement on steroids. I find myself using that crap a lot.

All in all, I’m pretty pleased. I couldn’t make it too elegant with that tile on the top. I couldn’t make it too rustic with all that shiny brass (which I don’t like). The joints look sloppy to me but they’re so friggin small and the wood was way too dry. I don’t like the way I mounted the top insert but that tile/concrete was just too fragile. Once I got a piece to hold together, I just wanted to get it in. I might have used Natural Danish oil if I had to do it over again. And I’d look for some smaller barrel hinges. Thanks for looking.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 12-18-2017 02:44 AM

Man, that is some box. Lots of woodworking went into that box!!


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

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#2 posted 12-18-2017 02:54 AM

Live and Learn I guess. Even if you’re not that happy with the tile on top, I think it looks pretty cool. I do not envy you cutting those tiny dovetails at all lol Nice work

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN - -

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#3 posted 12-18-2017 07:27 AM

Interesting box, lots of work for sure.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 12-18-2017 11:04 AM

At first I thought that inlay was wood, big props for finishing the box!

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 12-18-2017 12:58 PM

Sometimes the best reward is being finished. Good job sticking with it. Plus you got a new tool out of the deal!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 12-18-2017 04:06 PM

I really like your new blue coat, it accentuates your Walther well. Glad to see you holding your rosary beads.

-- ~Tony

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#7 posted 12-18-2017 05:07 PM

Thanks guys. Tony, that coat is really warm. It’s the new Louis Vuitton blue line. They have nice stuff. The PPK is also blued, to play off the jacket.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#8 posted 12-18-2017 07:24 PM

This box is so beautiful and I’m sure the small size required a lot of extra care in doing the woodwork. It displays a lot of nice details and craftsmanship. Thanks for the nice presentation that describes the details and explanation of this wonderful project.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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Don W

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#9 posted 12-18-2017 11:38 PM

Excellent piece of craftsmanship.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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