Sewing Box

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Project by balidoug posted 05-05-2019 02:28 PM 1023 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Probably my most “challenging” project to date. A sewing box, for herself. Cherry. Wipe-on poly finish.

I had a difficult time finding brass bolts, nuts, and washers until I stumbled upon They had everything i was looking for and provided excellent customer service. The cross-bars (anyone know the proper name for these?) were cut from and brass rod, then drilled and polished by hand.

I found the pulls on Etsy, but can’t remember from whom.

Dipika found the fabric from a local thrift store.

Made by hand.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#1 posted 05-05-2019 03:00 PM

Very nice. Great work.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#2 posted 05-05-2019 03:09 PM

Lots of “moving parts” in that one. Good work pulling it off!

I get most of my connectors from Fastenal. My local store is used to me popping in with some weird request. They sometimes will say, “you know, we’re mostly wholesalers, not a retail operation” to which I’ll reply, “yeah, but nobody else has the stuff I’m looking for.” Then they’ll find what I’m looking for and everybody is happy.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 05-05-2019 08:49 PM

Interested if anyone does know a name for the lift arms you’ve used here. I have also used them, and had to either fabricate them if made of metal, wood is easier, but still it’s a make. Somewhere if some guy is selling these things he’s a lousy advertiser. I know one thing if you try to ad the word split to a Google, all you get are pics of split level houses. No mention of house at all, yet there they are.

Nice kit. I imagine some sewing aficionado is enjoying that.

Thanks for posting.

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#4 posted 05-06-2019 03:08 AM

Doug, this is a wonderful job. I made one of these once and the geometry of the outside arms is really tricky. I even had a model to go by and still struggled to get the holes in the right places. i also made it too heavy. Looks like you have avoided the pitfalls that bothered me. Nice work as always.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 05-06-2019 12:20 PM

Very nice, the hand made brass came out great.

-- Doug...

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#6 posted 05-06-2019 06:33 PM

So cool. My Mom has one of these, and I’ve always been impressed by it. Looks like yours turned out great!

-- Pete

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#7 posted 05-07-2019 05:58 AM

You don’t have idea how long I plan to do something like that….Outstanding performance, beautiful wood and fabric combination. I would have to seek for metal parts in my town, for that project.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 05-11-2019 10:46 PM

Nice work on that sewing box, lots of fine details.
Someone is lucky. :-)
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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