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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 03-15-2019 08:36 PM 506 views 1 time favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box I built to hold the swooshy plane I built for the 2019 Spring Surprise Swap. The box is butternut sides, a pine bottom, and an African mahogany top. I carved the lid based on a pattern from the Alhambra in Granada, Spain (photo 5). I got the details on how to construct the pattern using a compass and straightedge from the book Islamic Geometric Patterns. The splines in the corners are some eucalyptus from Arizona I got from HokieKen, who got it from AZDave, who got it from AZWoody. I thought it would offer a nice contrast to the butternut.

I realized after I shipped it that I don’t even know the dimensions of the box. It’s big enough to hold the plane, plus about 1/8 inch on the sides. The sliding lid has a 3/32 inch deep groove carved in it that makes room for the adjuster on the plane when it’s as high as it can go, so the plane is very securely cradled within the box.

-- Dave - Minneapolis





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Kelster58

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#1 posted 03-15-2019 08:39 PM

That’s pretty nice. You did a GREAT Job!!

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#2 posted 03-15-2019 09:01 PM

Thanks, Kelly. I’m getting the hang of this woodworking thing, I think.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#3 posted 03-15-2019 09:03 PM

Nice work, this is a great sliding lid box with an array of good contrasting woods. The lid carving cane out very nice as well.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 03-15-2019 09:11 PM

Nice looking storage box for that sexy smoothing plane. Bonus points for the Alhambra design.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#5 posted 03-15-2019 09:18 PM

i like the box as well as the plane that goes in it GREAT JOB :<))

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#6 posted 03-15-2019 09:36 PM

Thanks, gents!

The stippling in the background of the lid carving was done by hand, too. Took about 15 minutes per triangular area, tap-tap-tapping with a mallet on a screwdriver I sharpened to a spear-point on my bench grinder.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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oldrivers

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#7 posted 03-15-2019 09:56 PM

A dandy box, congratulations on a job well don.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Dave Polaschek

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#8 posted 03-15-2019 11:12 PM

Thanks! When I was making it, I figured the carved lid was the highlight, but it turned out pretty good overall.

Forgot to mention the toothpicks staking the edge onto the lid. Don’t know what kind of wood those were. ;-)

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#9 posted 03-15-2019 11:21 PM

Great pattern on the top…love the carving!

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#10 posted 03-15-2019 11:51 PM

Nice box DP... great little cubby hole for the plane.

Now for the lid… you went to great trouble exploiting the migration of the spline, your mathematical prowess and ability to read Geometric Patters…. however, how did you get the pattern to the lid… router, chisel, pyromania or just simply stomped with your high heels?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Dave Polaschek

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#11 posted 03-16-2019 12:07 AM

Thanks, Tom!

Ducky, the pattern was drawn with a compass and straightedge, then the outlines carved with a v-tool, then a 7 sweep 20mm bent gouge and a 3 sweep 30mm gouge to carve the background, then stippled with a screwdriver sharpened to a spear-point on the bench grinder. The circles were done with a 3/4” spade bit in my post drill which had the center spur ground off, then hand-stippled.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#12 posted 03-16-2019 12:47 AM

Great swap bonus for fine plane Dave.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#13 posted 03-16-2019 12:48 AM



Ducky, the pattern was drawn with a….
- Dave Polaschek

Thanks DP... though still think it would have been quicker stomping with high heels… and probably more fun!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#14 posted 03-16-2019 01:05 AM

Thanks, Nathan.

Ducky, putting me and my fake knees in high heels would be about as disastrous as a duck in high heels. I don’t think it would end at all well.

If a duck lived in Coober Pedy, would it be a trogloduck?

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#15 posted 03-16-2019 01:54 AM



..... as disastrous as a duck in high heels….
- Dave Polaschek

Philistine! I love my heels…


If a duck lived in Coober Pedy, would it be a trogloduck?
- Dave Polaschek

Perhaps… but it certainly would be a duck out of water!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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