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Project by Zonker posted 06-20-2019 08:17 PM 828 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a couple pictures of a presentation box for a retiring Firefighter. The whiskey comes from a local distillery. The box is my first attempt at finger joints. The wood came from salvaged pallets, I believe it’s oak. It has a sliding top and the packing is shaved from a scrap of cedar fence picket. The box is finished in Minwax Red Oak stain, the lid and bottom being a different species (salvaged 1/4” ply) is Minwax English Chestnut. Then everything got three coats of Wipe On gloss Poly. I used a Finger joint jig from the Youtube “Make Something” channel to cut the joints. I found that the back side of each joint suffered some tearout, so I pre scored the wood with an xacto knife which seemed to help a little. I’m wondering if I had a better dado stack if I’d get a cleaner cut. The other major challenge was the wood started cupping slightly between the joinery and assembly phases of the project. This led to open joints and creative clamping strategies. Overall I’m happy with the results but I’ll take a retry at the jig to come up with a better version in the future.

-- Larry A. - I've made a small fortune with my woodworking. The trouble is, I started with a large fortune.





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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 06-20-2019 09:43 PM

Really nice. He should like it a lot.
Great use of pallet wood.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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pottz

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#2 posted 06-20-2019 09:53 PM

nice retirement gift and a pretty nice way to present it.your box joints arn’t bad really,a good quality dado set will help though.cheers.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Red5hft

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#3 posted 06-20-2019 11:35 PM

Quite nice. Love the reused pallet wood. The shavings really complete the presentation. As for tear-out, sharp, balanced dado stack or backer board may help.

-- -"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't-you're right." - Henry Ford

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Zonker

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#4 posted 06-21-2019 09:56 AM

Thanks everyone. Red5hft, I used a backer, so I’ll be in the market for a new dado stack.

-- Larry A. - I've made a small fortune with my woodworking. The trouble is, I started with a large fortune.

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mikeacg

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#5 posted 06-21-2019 10:50 AM

Nice job Zonker and a great way to acknowledge your friend for his service.
I made some presentation boxes and forgot all about them. I’ll have to look for the pictures and get them posted!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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Gene Howe

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#6 posted 06-21-2019 11:04 AM

Tape on the backside practically eliminates tear out.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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MrWolfe

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#7 posted 06-21-2019 01:49 PM

Wow that looks great!
Great gift and congrats on the Daily Top 3!
I love the cedar shavings too.
Jon

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