My One Year In Project.... Cornerstone

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Project by Maveric777 posted 12-24-2010 06:24 PM 3357 views 9 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Its crazy how time flies when your busy making sawdust and enjoying good friends here on Lumber Jocks. This project was officially completed last week, but I was so close to my one year…. Well, I had to save it for the occasion. We all have had those projects where we where are like “Humm It’s Ok”. Then we have a project that we can see clearly progress in who we are in our shops. I personaly look at this piece as a big step for me as far as my work goes. My oh my…. what a wild, fun, and educational year it has been.

This was originally going to be a gun box for my Father In-Law, but it evolved into something else (it is still big enough to fit his Springfield 1911 if he so chooses). The main box is walnut, and the stones & lining are from a killer piece of curly maple that my bride helped me pick out. I remembered seeing a cabinet that had stone like pieces in it a while back. That made me think to make the center of the box have the feel of a stream or a creek running through using similar “Stones”. My big disappointment was not popping the grain on the maple to enhance the feel of water running over stones. We live and learn… I am definitely trying this again.

The rest is sort of cut and dry as far as lining the walls and the pain in the butt hinges. I really love these hinges, but let me tell you… “They Fought Me All The Way” The bottom is lined with a leather matched up from a local leather smith shop. I have a funny story about my new friends down at the leather shop I will have to share later. I finished the box out with 4 soaks of Danish oil, and a ton of hand buffed Renaissance wax.

I am going to wrap this one up with the reason I named the piece “Cornerstone”. I was in a pickle as to what to name this piece when I happen to see a documentary of sorts about cornerstones, and their structural importance. I reflected about who I was building this piece for…. My Father In-Law. I will have to say he is one of my biggest fans and supporters. When I felt I couldn’t cut a board straight to save my life he was telling everyone I could build anything. Every time he comes over we always have shop time to go over what all I have my hands in. He is truly interested, and cares about what I do, and how I do it. When most your friends think you are nuts for the countless hours in the shop, constant rambling about wood, etc…. It is good to have a “Cornerstone” of support. It is good to have people believe in you…..

Thanks for checking out my latest project, and reading my ramblings…..

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#1 posted 12-24-2010 06:27 PM

That is superb. So many details, yet so simple looking. Perfect.
Good job on those hinges, someday I might try them.

Love the name. We should all try to be someone’s cornerstone.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 12-24-2010 06:29 PM

Wonderful box! I like the lid idea – very creative. Nice story to go with it all. Congrats on your 1 year anniversary with LJ’s!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 12-24-2010 06:30 PM

great story
and yes you are showing
signs of ‘getting it’ lol

happy LJ b’day !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 12-24-2010 06:41 PM

Very nice! Congraulations on your 1 year here. Merry Christmas!

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#5 posted 12-24-2010 06:58 PM

Fantastic! I really like the top panel. It really stands out. Beautiful work!

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#6 posted 12-24-2010 06:59 PM

Great box, I really like the “stone” look and that is some nice maple.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#7 posted 12-24-2010 07:02 PM

All I can say is Beautiful.

-- Nick , North Carolina " If we trust in GOD he will never put us in a place where his graces will not protect us "

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#8 posted 12-24-2010 07:04 PM

VERY nicely done!!! Love the top detail.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#9 posted 12-24-2010 07:12 PM

Beautiful box Dan, love the “stones” and the added curly maple liner….... very nice design touch !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#10 posted 12-24-2010 07:19 PM

So beautiful, and yes at least a year worth waiting for.
Wauuu, elegant, simple and exclusive.
All the best and the best of my thoughts,

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

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#11 posted 12-24-2010 07:23 PM

Really COOL box.. story…

Happy LJ birthday… belated…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#12 posted 12-24-2010 07:37 PM

Don’t be too self critical Dan. It’s gorgeous! I particularly like the contrasts and the thoughtful arrangement of grain…... But that said, ... I like it all.

Great work. Thanks for this.
Merry Christmas.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#13 posted 12-24-2010 08:06 PM

Nice job!

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#14 posted 12-24-2010 08:18 PM

you are becoming quite the box-maker man… Merry CHRISTmas to you and yours. keep on boxin

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#15 posted 12-24-2010 08:54 PM

Isn’t it kinda ironic that you have a “boxer” (named Mike) and you are a “box maker”. Judging from the looks of this box, I can honestly say you have learned to cut a board straight. WOW! Great job brother!! Your father-in-law should be proud to have this box!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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