New box for old (dental) tool

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Project by ChrisMc45 posted 09-03-2020 05:21 AM 668 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

-So my cousin is marrying a dentist in September, they saved the date over a year back. I saw the T-handled “tooth wrench” in a vintage tools catalog last January and grabbed it. Rosewood handle, light surface rust, between 100-175 years old. Frightening to think about dentistry without anesthesia! I stripped the old varnish and re-coated in ~6 coats of Danish Oil followed by wax and a buffing wheel.
-The new box is of a design I have wanted to try for years from the Spring 2006 edition of Christopher Schwarz’s Popular Woodworking journals. Basically all the slots dados and rabbits are made on 1 setting of the tablesaw, 1/4” dado stack 1/4” from the fence. The sides and top are the same white oak from the bed project. I cheated and used !/4” plywood for the bottom because I wanted to paint it to focus on the dental tool. I engraved their initials and the wedding date on the lid, then finished everything in more Danish Oil and buffed wax. I signed my work on the back, and used the nameplate to hide a 1”-round rare earth magnet that really makes the steel tooth tool stay in place.
-I am including a panel of 1/4” acrylic if the dentist wants to display the tool and leave the wooden top off. They can hang it on the office wall, or put it in the dentist office for scaring small children! ;)

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#1 posted 09-03-2020 08:06 AM

that looks like something they will get their teeth into

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 09-03-2020 01:54 PM

Very nice box, so glad my dentist doesn’t use tools like that. How did you make the finger pull? That is one I have not seen.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 10-09-2020 06:28 PM

Bondo, I used a regular chisel for the straight part, then carving tools by U J Ramelson. Different little gouges, the set came super sharp. I don’t know how to sharpen curved tools, another lesson to learn

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