2020 box

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Project by Douglas Bordner posted 09-27-2020 01:18 PM 1065 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The most persistently uncooperative box I have ever done. From the git-go when routing the groove for the bottom, when the collet wasn’t just tight enough and the upcut spiral bit rose up through the table and ate through the front of the box (in a clatter), all the way through the bad attempt at black epoxy fill, the need to jettison the first handle (M & T jointed) and apply a Bees-wing Sapele shop veneer top. the shellac that went gummy, learning curve and filter installation for waterborne lacquer and on and on. And after all the rubbing on it, no Genie. This box has 2020 all through it. But by golly, I whipped it.

8” x 6” x 3” Walnut and Sapele with Black Palm and Gabon Ebony inlay. EmTech 6000 waterborne lacquer.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#1 posted 09-27-2020 01:21 PM

And you “Whipped it Good’ to paraphrase the pop tune! If you hadn’t include the confession we would have still been pretty impressed. I love those pin hinge designs. Overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds is my life story – congrats on your personal conquer…

-- Bstrom

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#2 posted 09-27-2020 01:46 PM

Douglas, A great looking box. Almost everything we make requires some local engineering to overcome loose, tight, mis-cut parts.

A great testament of man over diversity.


-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#3 posted 09-27-2020 04:52 PM

I agree, we wouldn’t know if you hadn’t mentioned it. Seems like a lot of projects veer off course from the plans but the persistence and patience sure payed off. Great Job! Kudos on turning the mistake into a feature with the black epoxy!

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Douglas Bordner

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#4 posted 09-27-2020 05:16 PM

Design opportunities abound. BTW black CA glue doesn’t dry smooth and shiny, and leaves Crime Scene Investigator dried fumes. Pourable epoxy is too thin, and drys with a positive meniscus which is easily scratched and doesn’t sand back up to gloss (plus the first handle straddled the inlay, so #$%#%$. All the inlays are Black Palm turned plugs, and a strip of Gabon Ebony that was literally laying on the floor (pearls before swine, or diamonds on the soles of my shoes – I’m not a neat woodworker, but since the knob for my Table Saw dropped onto the ground I guess I get to do a deep clean AND strain the vacuum and dust collector output. That kind of year.)

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#5 posted 09-27-2020 08:32 PM

Turned out great. Fantastic work!

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#6 posted 09-27-2020 09:15 PM

GRIT that is the determination to keep going even when you feel like everything is working against you.

It’s a good thing to have, don’t let the little obstacles slow you down.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#7 posted 09-27-2020 10:05 PM

Looks great, nice job seeing it though to the end. Great job.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#8 posted 09-28-2020 12:28 AM

Great looking box Doug!!! Finish is top notch. Great choice of wood.

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#9 posted 09-28-2020 01:21 AM

Nice job, and way to see it through! You crammed a lot of “experience” into one project. Way better than spreading it out over 3 or 5 projects. Git er done!

-- But Honey I really *needed* that (saw/plane/chisel...)

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#10 posted 09-28-2020 02:45 AM

Wow, that’s one super kool box you made. What first jumped-out at me when my eyes took it in? The fact that your access door is recessed in and the reveal looks uniform. What else looks appealing? Those nice radiused corners, super clean look, on a box that has 2020 all through it- great line by the way. Really nice box.

-- Mark of Dixie Woodcraft

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Jim Sellers

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#11 posted 09-28-2020 02:54 AM

some unexpected challenges but you overcame. Looks great.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#12 posted 09-28-2020 09:18 AM

Congrats on a beautiful box

-- Petey

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#13 posted 09-28-2020 01:41 PM

...and by golly we’ll whip 2020 too! Nice box…its the challenges that we face and overcome (along with the attitude) to achieve a goal that measures us…for some of us older folks, its getting out of bed and making the first cup of coffee…lol! Have a great life!

-- Al,Midwest -To thine own self be true

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#14 posted 09-28-2020 02:34 PM

a real craftsman can take all the struggles and turn them into design features on the fly GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#15 posted 10-02-2020 02:07 AM

Another very nice project Douglas.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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