Cherry Walnut box w dividers

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Project by BburgBoy posted 03-07-2018 01:27 AM 1567 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Still working on different techniques for small boxes. I seemed to understand to how to make splines now. I had been splitting the walnut on earlier boxes. Now after glue has dried, I sand the chunks on belt sander to about 1/16 proud and finish them off with a chisel before finish sanding the exterior.

I find it really difficult to get tolerances just right on the interior dividers. Cutting 1/8” deep dado in the 1/4” walnut was tricky. I bevel cut the 1/4” walnut liner and while my bevels fit perfectly, I had to sand the liner box vigorously to get it to slide into the cherry box. My Any tips on working with small parts would be appreciated. I built a small-part cross cut sled as well as a bevel cut sled to assist.

I used grain filler for the first time, on the walnut. Results were amazing. Turned out baby butt smooth. Finish is spray shellac. All but the walnut top got a paste wax finish w 0000 steel wool. Alas, if you look closely you can see some blemishes – apparently there were scratches in one of the early coats. I used to think I understood finishing, but the more I learn, the more I need to learn.

Exterior box size is 9” wide X 6” deep X 3” high.

-- Larry, SW Virginia

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#1 posted 03-07-2018 01:47 AM

Looks really nice! I am participating in the 2018 Boxswap and I would be proud to have a box like this to contribute. The contrast between the cherry and walnut turned out great, as did the splines and mitered corners (I have a lot of trouble with those).


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#2 posted 03-07-2018 02:00 AM

Thats a great looking box. Nice design, skillfully built.

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#3 posted 03-07-2018 03:32 AM

Very Nice Work & Well Done larry. Thanks For Posting!!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 03-07-2018 03:54 AM

Excellent work. Very nice.

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#5 posted 03-07-2018 05:06 AM

That’s a good looking box, pleasant to the eye!
What wood filler did you use?
I use Timbermate from Australia but you don’t have to go there to get it because Amazon and other places have it!

You want to try some other box building techniques check out the Britboxmaker he has made a lot, I mean a lot, of boxes!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#6 posted 03-07-2018 12:08 PM

Well done Larry! I’ve never tried grain filler on Walnut, it looks nice. Some nice looking Cherry too. Good design and great execution.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#7 posted 03-07-2018 12:59 PM

Thanks oldnovice I used Aqua Coat, which by it’s eponymous name is water based. I figured that would be user friendly for this novice. It really was easy to use. I am currently experimenting on some walnut that got eaten up in my old planer to see if I can fix some of the damage.

Thanks for the tip on Britboxmaker. I’ll head over there shortly. I’ve been following work of Bob Dickey too, who posts on LJ as woodn. His work is fabulous. And he recommends Doug Stowe, whose books I own. And now I see that Stowe has a summer teaching schedule too. One of those sessions may become my summer vacation. Oh, wait – I’m retired. Everyday is a vacation. Apologies to all for that one.

-- Larry, SW Virginia

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#8 posted 03-07-2018 12:59 PM

Very sleet and clean design.

Love it!

-- In his retort, the alchemist repeats the work of nature-----Jim Morrison

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#9 posted 03-07-2018 01:00 PM

Very nice work on this item and very good photos as well.

-- Seeing is believing.

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#10 posted 03-07-2018 09:36 PM

This box is beautiful and is so nicely done. It displays a lot of fine craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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