Various Boxes - Testing My Skills

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Project by christherookie posted 01-21-2020 03:58 PM 454 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did a run of boxes at the end of last year and these three are the result. The two tea boxes and the general box. My only disappointment was in a couple of glue spots on one of the boxes that didn’t take the stain well. I tried soooo much to be careful with the glue and I thought I sanded down everything before staining – see last three photos. That box is for me so I didn’t bother with it after I noticed them, other than trying to feather them out a little. All staining and characters by me.

I think I used all my tools – hand tools and planes includes in these creations, along with power tools. Mainly on two of the three boxes. The lighter one wasn’t as complex. I wanted to push myself to use everything I’d learned and then some. The next box I do, I’m incorporating kumiko and already have the basswood to do it – instead of the maple I used above. In this box, it wasn’t kumiko as much as it was table sawko. :)

All are stained red oak, except the one with the maple grid.

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#1 posted 01-21-2020 04:08 PM

Cool boxes!
I like the hybrid build approach you are using. I’ve had issues with glue spots too. I’ve started wiping bare wood surfaces with mineral spirits to try and find them. I’ve read here that some glues will glow under a ultraviolet light and that is how some craftsmen find those spots.
Either way, your boxes are great.
Thanks for sharing and keep it up.

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#2 posted 01-21-2020 04:18 PM

Nice work on the boxes. I’m a big fan of hybrid work myself. I’m too impatient to dimension with hand tools but i sure do love using them to finish pieces.

One thing that helped me with glue ups is avoiding the urge to use a finger to spread glue. I’ve now got silicone brushes, scrapers and rollers. I prefer the ink rollers you find at a crafts store myself. The nice smooth roller lets you peel dry glue off easily vs the ribbed kind you might find at like woodcraft.

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#3 posted 01-21-2020 04:24 PM

Great looking boxes, lots of detail. Glue seams to pop up in places you are sure you cleaned up as you go. Wiping down with mineral spirts has helped me find the glue spots. Nice work.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 01-21-2020 10:19 PM

Thanks to everyone for the tips on gluing. I could never figure out why people used those glue rollers…now it makes sense! And great tips with the mineral spirits.

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#5 posted 01-22-2020 05:22 PM

I think those boxes came out great. My trick for finding glue is to use rubbing alcohol. It let’s you see what the wood would look like when finished with oil or poly and the glue spots show up perfectly. I like this method because it drys quickly, doesn’t raise the grain and the smell doesn’t linger like mineral spirits.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#6 posted 01-23-2020 01:21 PM

Really fine wor, you did some wonderful boxes.
Best thoughts,

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

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