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Project by wildwoodbybrianjohns posted 01-05-2020 11:05 AM 1227 views 5 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first baby of 2020!

Eucalyptus and figured European Maple.
Dimensions: 17cm X 8cm X 12 cm H, and 3cm depth interior.
95º stop side-rail hinges from Prokraft, U.K.
Padded velvet lined bottom
Central maple lid panel is floating, not glued.
R.E. magnets for closure mechanism

For the legs on this build, I had a few restless nights puzzling over exactly how I was going to do the 90º v-groove on my router table, safely- on such small parts; and then, at what angle they would project. I finally settled on a 6º angle, and then made a small, crude jig to hold the parts at that angle, and so, safely run them over the bit. I did the cuts by increments, rather than one single pass to be sure the cuts were clean. After the v-grooves were cut, I shaped the curves.

I had a few minor setbacks with the hinges, as I normally do, arghh; lost one of the screws, and scratched one of the hinges slightly while touch-up sanding, a new set is in the post. Hinges are always my most dreaded step of any build!

I miscalculated for the R.E. magnets on the lid so they didnt line-up properly, got rather upset about that; and after a cooldown period, I figured the best way to correct the mistake was to try and drill another hole and add a second magnet. This meant that I would be drilling 3/4 wood and 1/4 metal and I anticipated that the drill bit was going to catch metal and skirt off into the wood and ruin everything. I got lucky however using a metal cutting bit, and though the final result looks somewhat unprofessional, it is satisfactory.

Happy New Year!

-- WWBBJ: the first to compare a woman´s cheek to a rose was a poet. The second, an idiot. Dali





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oldrivers

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#1 posted 01-05-2020 12:01 PM

Beautiful Box, excellent selection of materials and design, Job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Peteybadboy

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#2 posted 01-05-2020 12:36 PM

That is awsome! Great design and execution. Hinges “one more chance to screw things up”. I keep a dedicated router with bit set up for those hinges. Is anyone thinking about a set up jig for boxes to hold the lid and box in alignment for the router mortis process?

-- Petey

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recycle1943

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#3 posted 01-05-2020 01:04 PM

the box is a fine example of imagination and execution but to me, the legs are the highlight, another great one !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 01-05-2020 01:40 PM

Sweet, Brian! In spite of the bobbles, it’s a good-looking result.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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MrWolfe

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#5 posted 01-05-2020 01:52 PM

Great contrast in the maple and the eucalyptus Brian. There are a lot of subtle design features that make this an instant classic. The swoop of the legs is a very cool design. You definitely nailed it despite issues that may have arisen. I think problem solving a HUGE part of a creative process and you are very creative and it shows in your work. Cool box and again, the design and the contrasting color of woods really make this one pop.
Jon

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torus

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#6 posted 01-05-2020 02:44 PM

Amazing, beautiful box!
Brain, can you add the picture of the box so all 3 sides of the box visible at once?
Also can you show the jig, so I could get the idea how to do this groves in 6º angle? Thanks!

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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splintergroup

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#7 posted 01-05-2020 03:07 PM

The “metal” you drilled into was one of the magnets? Those are sintered so they drill easily (usually turn into dust). I’m very familiar with that fix 8^)

I cut similar legs on a project a while back and used my box joint blade on the table saw, tilted to 45

This was before they were shaped.

I really like the layered look, nice contrast! What did you color the wood with?

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#8 posted 01-05-2020 04:33 PM

Torus (sorry, dont know your name, I checked your profile but none there)?

I am not quite sure how to take a photo of 3 sides of the box. I can try tomorrow with a mirror, perhaps. I went out to take a photo of the jig and couldnt find it. I am sure I saved it though.

A crude drawing instead:

So, the “carrier” and stop block are same thickness as the stock, and are glued together. To the outer edge of these I glued another block a bit longer than the whole and a bit higher than the whole. The stock slips into this jig, and with an index finger on top of the stock to keep it from jumping up, and the other hand keeping the outer block against the fence, its smooth sailin. And I stopped just when the bit touches the front edge of the “carrier.” So that gave me 4cm of cut as planned. The crucial part is to decide where you want the cut to stop, and then the length of the “carrier” has to be calculated for that measurement. I think it is VERY important to do the cuts in shallow increments, as you dont want that leading point of the stock to drop down into the gap between the inner edge of the bushing and the bit.

Hope that makes sense?

I am sure there are other, more glamorous ways to do this, but I am not an engineer!!!

Disregard that line in the “carrier” block, its one solid piece.

-- WWBBJ: the first to compare a woman´s cheek to a rose was a poet. The second, an idiot. Dali

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#9 posted 01-05-2020 04:49 PM

Splinty. what you see is the natural colour of this type of eucalyptus, and in fact, its even a shade more purplely up close. Of course, there are like 300 types of eucalyptus, and I am guessing that this variety comes from Australia, but am not certain of that. It could just easily be from Africa or S.America or Spain.

Heres what this type looks like undressed:

The finish is just my standard 2 X L.O./M.S., then buffed with Beeswax/L.O./M.S, combo

-- WWBBJ: the first to compare a woman´s cheek to a rose was a poet. The second, an idiot. Dali

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#10 posted 01-05-2020 04:56 PM


That is awsome! Great design and execution. Hinges “one more chance to screw things up”. I keep a dedicated router with bit set up for those hinges. Is anyone thinking about a set up jig for boxes to hold the lid and box in alignment for the router mortis process?

- Peteybadboy

I think Brusso makes an all purpose template for their hinges, and Its on my “want” list. You know, when I get rich enough to afford their hardware!

And, thank you!!!

-- WWBBJ: the first to compare a woman´s cheek to a rose was a poet. The second, an idiot. Dali

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#11 posted 01-05-2020 06:38 PM

Thanks Jon, Dave, Dick, Oldrivers for the fine compliments!!!

-- WWBBJ: the first to compare a woman´s cheek to a rose was a poet. The second, an idiot. Dali

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therealSteveN

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#12 posted 01-05-2020 07:11 PM

Love the color contrasts, awesome Maple. Like those crazy legs a lot too. Mostly like how you figured out how to make your idea real. Nice job.

Search protective tape. Over here there is some stuff called Clawguard. Easy on, easy off, but while on pets aren’t able to scratch up surfaces. Probably something on your half of the pond to do same. I hate hinges too.

-- Think safe, be safe

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torus

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#13 posted 01-05-2020 07:56 PM



Torus (sorry, dont know your name, I checked your profile but none there)?
...
- wildwoodbybrianjohns

“torus” is just fine, it is a shape I am slowly taking :))

Thanks for the jig explanation, I think I got it.

The sample of the box orientation so three sides are visible : https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/412835
Sorry I wasn’t more clear in my first comment.

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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EarlS

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#14 posted 01-05-2020 08:40 PM

I like it!!! Great contrasting wood selection, I like the curves, I like everything about it. Another awesome piece -even with the slight “issues” :+).

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

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James E McIntyre

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#15 posted 01-05-2020 09:09 PM

Nice job and like some others said great design.

Where did you get the eucalyptus? I live in So. Cal. And sometimes the wind blows down some large branches
I retrieve as large a piece I can fit in my truck.

We have several species one of which is iron wood eucalyptus which is very hard and makes a great contrast wood due to it’s dark warn color.
I’m sure the koalas won’t miss the eucalyptus leaves. (:^)
Congratulations on your top 3 award.

-- James E McIntyre

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