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Project by robscastle posted 10-20-2020 09:05 PM 1199 views 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I could have named it What another Box! or how to waste a week, instead of just 1 trip to the Otto bin.

But what the heck I enjoyed myself

The timber:
A recycled Red Ironbark house stump. (AKA Mugga)
Age: Estimated to be 80 years old possibly older, calculated on developments in the area

The process sequence of events and most of the tools used:
Wire brush: to remove initial crud
Metal detector: to find any surprises lurking below
Table Saw: to cut into usable slabs and groove the posts
Jointer: to flatten and square
Thicknesser: to uniform the dimensions
Router: to profile the edges
Bandsaw; to cut the onlays
Disc Sander: to profile the onlays and posts
Various Sanders: to prep the surface for finishing. ( minus the one somebody pinched)
Tweesers: for pulling out recalcitrant splinters
Polishing Kit: for raw polishing the wood to its final finish
Kreg stuff: to use as a squaring platform
Clamps: everybody uses clamps
Glue: as above
and….Beer!

Not a lot of prattle here but the process is the subject to a series of blogs

Time:
Kept me amused/thinking for almost 1 week
Material cost: Nil
Equipment cost: massive wear and tear this stuff is hard as and almost as bad as Ebony.

Possibly will not make history for the highest bid at the Christies fine furniture auction but it was fun!

Post edit:

I would be remiss of me if I didn’t acknowledge a few LJs that inspired me to produce the final Project

Ohad Milner for the onlays
LBD for trying to put a lid on it
Big Al for infecting me with the Box virus
and other LJs that commented and encouraged the craftsmanship to continue (as below)

Thank you all !

-- Regards Rob





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Ivan

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#1 posted 10-20-2020 09:11 PM

Simple??... Hmm… You are too modest, looks great!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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TZH

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#2 posted 10-20-2020 09:22 PM

I’m with Ivan on this…...you are too modest, and it DOES look great!

TZH

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 10-20-2020 09:33 PM

Nice looking box, Rob! Is it going to remain topless, like Ducky, or are you going to put a lid on it at some point?

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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crowie

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#4 posted 10-20-2020 09:35 PM

The Iron Bark has come up a treat Rob and the mechanical detailing adds intrigue.
I’m glad folk like yourself still appreciate that old timber can be recycled and repurposed for good.
Top marks sir.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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htl

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#5 posted 10-20-2020 10:13 PM

Very interesting project and just love the way you added something to make it just that little bit a different!!!

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs https://www.lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/130264

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#6 posted 10-20-2020 10:38 PM

Simple but very cool Rob. Of course it needs a Han Solo embedded on the bottom to be complete 8^)

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#7 posted 10-20-2020 11:53 PM

Brilliant that box Rob, I would say that it will be around for a good few years too. Great box for storing stuff like tools on a shelf somewhere. As I have said before some here couldn’t imagine just how hard that old seasoned Iron Bark can get. They don’t call it IRON bark for no reason.
Great Job
Cheers
Anth

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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#8 posted 10-21-2020 12:38 AM

no comments up till now,i stood back in awe watching you create this not knowing exactly where it would take us.nice work,i like the tool appliques on the sides,well done.love the iron bark very pretty wood,send me a couple hundred bd feet if you dont mind.so the big question,what is it’s final mission?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#9 posted 10-21-2020 12:53 AM

You have created a unique little box Rob! I like it!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#10 posted 10-21-2020 01:23 AM

Nice looking box! The blog was fun to follow.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 10-21-2020 02:22 AM

Pottzy

I just sent a sample by air mail, check your front yard it should be near your favorite tree.

-- Regards Rob

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#12 posted 10-21-2020 06:02 AM

I really like the tool designs on the sides. Excellent job. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#13 posted 10-21-2020 07:43 AM



no comments up till now,i stood back in awe watching you create this not knowing exactly where it would take us.nice work,i like the tool appliques on the sides,well done.love the iron bark very pretty wood,send me a couple hundred bd feet if you dont mind.so the big question,what is it s final mission?

- pottz

Larry wants to know what it’s for.

It’s a box, Larry. It’s a fine little box. A representation of a man’s life-long love of making things. Five pieces of wood, carefully fitted together, and lovingly made into something held together by pure dedication. A “piece of art,” if you will. No one ever asked Michelangelo what it’s for. No one ever said to Botticelli, “Uh, you gonna use that as a tray to serve drinks, or what?” Why do I keep feeling the need to explain this?

A very fine little box, Rob.

“Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though ‘twere his own.”—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A dearth of productivity has overtaken my Dungeon, in months of late. Your very fine little box, Rob, and the Blog series leading up to it, has brought me joy. For this, I thank you. You are my brother. I am well pleased to share a planet with you. And, with Larry, too. A fine, fine human.

-- Mark

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#14 posted 10-21-2020 10:36 AM



Pottzy

I just sent a sample by air mail, check your front yard it should be near your favorite tree.

- robscastle

Super fast post!

Damn, that tree got in the way…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#15 posted 10-21-2020 02:02 PM



Pottzy

I just sent a sample by air mail, check your front yard it should be near your favorite tree.

- robscastle


i figured that might be from you,had no return address.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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