Letter box

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Project by MasterSergeant posted 08-27-2019 06:43 PM 964 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished making 3 Letter Boxes made of walnut.
I liked the challenges these little boxes presented.
The first challenge was planing a piece of walnut down to 1/8” thick. I reacquainted myself with the wet-stone and sharpened my hand-plane to a razor sharp edge. I had to create a small holding jig to secure the walnut while planing. I was successful and planed 3 boards to the 1/8” thickness needed.
The second challenge was the angles I had to create. Again jigs to the rescue and I cut all the needed angles.
I used an old coloring book for the flower patterns on their fronts. I am getting much better at the scrollsaw. The mum flower took me the longest, about 2 hrs and the others only about 30 to 45 minutes.
The last challenge was the glue up! I pulled out all my various clamps and came up with the needed clamping pressures. I even used my very old Black and Decker workmate bench-top. That added to the winning combination of clamps.
I finished the Letter Boxes with Spar Satin finish. I’m very happy with the results and the added education.
Thank you for looking, leave me a comment I love reading them both pro and con.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#1 posted 08-27-2019 07:04 PM

Really nice!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#2 posted 08-27-2019 07:33 PM

It looks like you’ve done a great job, I really like them. Very attractive, are they for personal use or for sale?

-- John D, OP, KS

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#3 posted 08-27-2019 07:33 PM

very nice work.

-- Retired and lovin it

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#4 posted 08-27-2019 09:11 PM

Personal use, family members have already laid claim to all three :D

It looks like you ve done a great job, I really like them. Very attractive, are they for personal use or for sale?

- awsum55

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#5 posted 08-28-2019 12:36 AM

Great looking boxes, and the cutouts really make them stand out. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#6 posted 08-28-2019 01:32 AM

Live walnut and the scroll saw work really adds to the look. Neat project. Thanks for sharing the process used to create. Nice to make gifts for family.

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#7 posted 08-28-2019 01:32 AM

Totally awesome. Thanks, Sarge! You’ve given me a wonderful idea to use up my cutoffs. What a great Christmas gift.

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#8 posted 08-29-2019 05:14 AM

Very cool organizer….I like the scrollsaw work…everyone could realy use that stuff in house

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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