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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 10-24-2020 08:54 PM 662 views 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built a little box to hold a bottle of (red) wine. I got tired of my older design with the sliding lid, and wanted to try something new. There are two ½” oak uprights staked into the ¾” oak bottom of the box with wedged tenons. Used my hollow auger to make the round tenons, and then drilled ⅜” holes to fit. Three sides of ¼” pine from a board that turned into a potato chip when I tried dovetailing it for a bookcase are glued into grooves cut in the uprights. Waste not want not. And then the lid, which makes up the front and top (waterfall grain, donchaknow), and which connects to the bottom with a mortise and tenon, and latches to the back to hold it closed.

The bottom has a hand-carved inset to keep the bottle of wine in place, and the box is a tight enough fit that I should be able to transport a bottle to a neighbor’s without mishap, if things ever get to the point that we can socialize with the neighbors again.

The whole thing was planed smooth before being assembled, hand-sanded with a 400 grit sanding block (no matter how sharp the plane blade, I can’t manage to smooth that spalted elm with a plane), then got four or five coats of shellac and got glued together. The little diagonal braces are pieces of ⅛” thick bubinga veneer I had left over after reinforcing my brace till – they went on kinda late in the game when I realized my miter joint wasn’t going to be very strong, especially as the spalted elm feels about like balsa wood (but it drank a few ounces of shellac, so that firmed it up a bit). There’s a cheap little latch I bought a dozen of a while back because I needed one, but didn’t like the looks of the price for one, so bought a dozen to get the volume discount.

I think that’s about it. It’s not a great design, but it’s different, and it distracted me from bookcases for a week. Don’t know if I’ll make another like it, or whether it’ll be a one-off-kind.

-- Dave - Santa Fe





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#1 posted 10-24-2020 09:34 PM

another great looking box Dave. Box looks good enough you can bring just the box and tell your neighbors they now have a good way to get a bottle of wine home from the store or keep it out of sight from everyone

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#2 posted 10-24-2020 10:53 PM

a very nice box and it will be a very nice gift GREAT JOB :<))

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

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#3 posted 10-25-2020 12:07 AM

Thanks, Keebler & Tony!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 10-25-2020 12:57 AM

Wild looking grained box Dave, I hope you have some wild wine to put in there too. Nice work.
Tell the truth, did you really sand it to 400 grit? It only looks like 390 to me. hahaha

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 10-25-2020 01:00 AM

thats some bad ass spalted wood dave,just match it with a fine cab and youve got a hit.

-- 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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#6 posted 10-25-2020 01:17 AM

You caught me Dave. It was a 320 grit pad, not a 400. ;-)

Pottz, it’s an offcut from the slab that I turned into my low workbench – I’ve still got a couple more chunks squirreled away somewhere.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 10-25-2020 01:24 AM

thats gold dave,ya gotta make it count,and this one it did.

-- 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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#8 posted 10-25-2020 01:34 AM

Yeah. The sawyer who sold me that slab back in MN went out of business, Pottz. I just hope I find some equivalent here in NM when things get a little less abnormal.

I figure worst case, I can get piñon and juniper from the firewood guys, but I seem to like working with stuff they don’t sell at lumber yards.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 10-25-2020 01:38 AM

Love that timber in the first photo Dave…

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

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#10 posted 10-25-2020 02:19 AM

Thanks, that’s the spalted elm, Peter.

I keep thinking if I run out of it, I can always take a chunk off my low workbench. It doesn’t really need to be a full six feet long, does it?

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#11 posted 10-25-2020 03:16 AM



Yeah. The sawyer who sold me that slab back in MN went out of business, Pottz. I just hope I find some equivalent here in NM when things get a little less abnormal.

I figure worst case, I can get piñon and juniper from the firewood guys, but I seem to like working with stuff they don’t sell at lumber yards.

- Dave Polaschek


i dont know how pinion pine works, but it sure smells fantastic in my chiminea.ive got some lamps made from juniper that are just beautiful,creamy white wood mixed with darker wood twisted in spirals,beautiful wood dave.maybe a whole new world awaits,huh ?

-- 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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#12 posted 10-25-2020 03:28 AM

I’m sure it does.

I’ve got a limb of juniper waiting for me to finish my bookcases so I can experiment with it. Not sure yet what I’ll do with it, but the idea of slicing it up for boxes doesn’t seem horrible. And there are a few bends that might be chair-arms or spoons or something.

We’ll see…

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#13 posted 10-25-2020 04:28 AM

Great job and beautiful wood. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#14 posted 10-25-2020 11:21 AM

Great design on the box Dave, I like the lid action with the mortise with tenon & latch to secure it. Very nice use of available wood too, waste not – want not, a good motto to live by.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#15 posted 10-25-2020 11:49 AM

Thanks, Mel.

Tom, I was thinking about using magnets instead of the latch, but at least for this first build, my tolerances were sloppy enough that I figured a mechanical latch would be good.

Speaking of waste not want not, one of these days I need to figure out what to do with the five-gallon bucket full of ⅜” square by 30” long pieces of pine from the rabbets in the bookcases. Got over a hundred of them collected so far, and there will be at least 50 more before I’m done. Maybe I’ll use my knockdown lathe to make a ton of spindles for something…

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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