Can't believe it's not maple

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Project by ellgee posted 12-06-2020 10:01 PM 573 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another scrap from Robscastle. Was marked “CL”, and was in very bad condition.
In the photos you might see some of the checks straight through.
But I liked the compression patterns, so had a go with it anyway.

The first time I put it thru the drum sander,
it was obvious from the smell it was Camphor Laurel.
Usually I do NOT like Camphor, it’s just too common.
( So is jacaranda, here, but that, i like. Let’s blame
being a Gemini, for holding more than 1 point of view at a time.)

At one time, I tried some dark stain on the CL—what a rubbish result.
Planed it off. I clearly need more practice, to get the beautiful results that
some of you other LJs get. OTOH, you cannot make a silk purse from a sow’s ear,
and you guys’ better results probably started with nice maple.

Anyway, the piece was only about 8 cm wide, 2 thick, 90 long, so there was
only enough for the 4 box-sides, plus some scraps, not enough for a lid.
Somehow I got the idea of using a bunch of leftover blond woods to make a lid.
And it was going to have long narrow triangles for the border (have a look at the
pieces I had, long-narrow triangles .. they are Queensland Maple).

And sliced up:

Then some veneer of tiger maple and quilted maple (you can correct me if that’s
the wrong name), to make up some of the interior triangles.

Pic of the center parts, taped up, or maybe glued. Lid-frame parts are at the sides.
You may be able to see some frame parts have mortises for the veneer-panel to go into.

Pic of box-body not glued yet, lid-panel starting to look okay.

Forgot to take pic of lid-border parts being assembled. Suffice it to say that
you have to start from the inside pieces, and work to the outside.

There was quite a lot of adjusting the angles, because the veneer-panel came out
larger than it should have, due to pencil-drawing around the paper pattern pieces,
then band-sawing a little to the outside of each pencil line, and then having priority on getting the 8 pieces to fit together
(adjusted a few angles, requiring adjustment of others)
without rechecking the sizes matched the pattern.

As it turned out, it may have been just as well, the veneers-panel was big,
because 1 or 2 of the outside pieces may have been a little small, after the
Some of the lid-border pieces got dowel-joins, not glue alone.

Rounded-over the corners, partly because while cutting the miters for the 4 sides,
one of those checks was found the hard way. Wasnt worth the time, to
locate a matching-grain piece and carve-to-fit a 4mm patch.

The result is about 25×16 x 7 cm.

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3217 posts in 4548 days

#1 posted 12-06-2020 11:08 PM

Nice box, in fact all your boxes are very good!

-- You can lead a horse to water, but you can't tie his shoes. Blaze Foley

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7751 posts in 3220 days

#2 posted 12-07-2020 02:33 AM

Hey that’s pretty nifty, you making me jealous I cannot think up such creative builds.

You sure have been pumping them out!

I have just finished my work bench top will post it soon!.

keep up the good work!

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 12-07-2020 03:46 AM

Nah, Robert, some of the 12 I’ve posted in the few days
were done quite a while ago, incl 2018. Even the photos were old,
it’s the text that has taken quite a while.

In progress: cherry from you, red gum from you, & another leadlight-pattern.

Noice table.
Thanks Hairy, that is a big compliment if you went to look at “all my boxes”
(thats: all the ones posted .. there have been Others)

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