Novelty box. First try.

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Project by EMVarona posted 08-22-2010 05:00 AM 2369 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am a retired university professor in the Philippines. In a pre-retirement seminar I attended one recommendation, among others, is to take up a hobby. One that engages your mind and hands and you enjoy doing. My father also enjoyed wood working. He also was a university professor. During his time power tools were beyond reach and rare. So I just had to learn in the old craftsman’s way. It was fun.

When I finished college, I slowly acquired hand and power tools. I don’t consider myself well versed with the trade yet as most of you are. My aim is to attain that proficiency. It make take a lifetime but the whole process of trying and achieving is in itself deeply rewarding.

I’ll tell you more as I go along.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#1 posted 08-22-2010 05:34 AM

Good looking box. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 08-22-2010 07:04 AM

nicely done I am not well versed either but we al get by

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 08-22-2010 08:06 AM

Thanks! I took graduate studies at the University of Iowa, ND2ELK.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#4 posted 08-22-2010 04:39 PM

very nice. Doesn’t it feel good to create a nice box complete with spline joints? I started out the same way… sat behind a desk for 35 years. Needed a retirement hobby, but no one told me how expensive and addictive it can become… except my wife. Joining a woodworkers club helped a lot. If you don’t have a club, start one.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#5 posted 08-22-2010 06:35 PM

Hi EM,

Great box, love the turtle.
Maybe the next one you could try making the side thinner and long side/short side ratio, the golden ratio 1.618.

Thanks for posting Good luck in your quest.

Thanks jb

-- Playing with wood and metal for the last 50 years, driving and building Land Cruisers for the last 40. Experience is what you get when you don't know what you are doing.

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#6 posted 08-22-2010 09:08 PM

Nicely done project. I hope to see more.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#7 posted 08-23-2010 06:37 AM

very cool box. I am trying to get into box making myself. But with school i have a hard time finding time. Great looking box – thanks for sharing

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#8 posted 08-23-2010 07:56 AM

Nice looking box, the size is just right for the turtle.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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