Grandpa's BDay Present, part 2

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Project by KimAccurso posted 01-30-2018 01:55 AM 1780 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Grandpa’s 95th birthday is Wednesday. He was coming down here (yes, still drives!) for a big party but unfortunately last Wednesday fell and broke his hip. Mom and brother are with him and I rushed to finish this project to go up early Wednesday to celebrate birthday in the hospital with him. This is the first time I attempted to use the beautiful Brusso stop hinges I bought at the Woodcraft store in Des Moines last year when I was up there with him.

It’s purple heart and maple to match the saw blade clock (BDday present, part 1). I cut the lid with the router and bandsaw and laminated the thin maple and purple heart strips in 2 phases. The lid blank is rabbeted in to the box lid. This was the first time I attempted to hand chisel mortises and even though they are far from perfect, I enjoyed it and will practice more! I inset the handle using the router table. Finished it with Danish Oil and a couple coats of semi-gloss poly. If I had more time I would have taken those hinges out and reworked them but I’m out of time and will maybe give him a perfected box in the future :) He loved the jewelry box I did previously (Rosewood and Maple) so I figured he should have one of his own. The leg shape came from a picture I saw on the internet a long time ago that I was really drawn to (I’d give credit where credit is due if I could find it again!)

It’s always a more enjoyable project when it’s from the heart to one of those most special in your life (yes, I’m really sappy like that!). :)

Critique on perfecting that type of hinge is appreciated! As I dry fitted it all I thought is was going to fit great – and I had drilled pilot holes on the drill press as I don’t have self-centering bits as of yet. Thought they were good but I think I just need more practicing with the chisels.

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#1 posted 01-30-2018 02:25 AM

You do some amazing work!

-- Tom, May your safety glasses never fog,

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#2 posted 01-30-2018 02:32 AM

Thanks Tom, thanks a big compliment coming from you – just waiting to learn how you did those scroll sawn bows! I was just scrolling through pictures on pinterest of boxes and found that original picture of the legs – credit where credit is due here it is -

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#3 posted 01-30-2018 11:06 AM

Beautiful box, great workmanship. Grandpa will love it, hope he gets well soon.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 01-30-2018 02:03 PM

I really like the look of this. Nicely done!

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

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#5 posted 01-30-2018 02:40 PM

you have made your Grandpa a very beautiful box …the hinges look perfect to me …you need to jump into this swap coming up …you make beautiful boxes …..hope Grandpa heals fast …GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#6 posted 01-30-2018 04:06 PM

This is a beautiful box and nicely done. It shows a lot of nice details and craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 01-30-2018 07:54 PM

Outstanding match of top cover and corner leggs.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 01-30-2018 10:38 PM

Thank guys! Can’t wait to give it to him AND tell him it made it to the daily top 3! The compliments from you all mean a lot :)

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#9 posted 01-30-2018 11:30 PM

Very Nice Indeed & Well Done Kim! Congrats on The Top Three!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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