Open top box from scrap

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Project by robscastle posted 08-12-2021 09:39 AM 661 views 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box came about by accident,I had the pieces of which were all subject to termite damages so went into the scrap bin.
Some time ago I saw Recycle 1943 post a wood and epoxy project of which Dick has sanded it to 3000 G.
Being curious as to what the effect would be on my red Ironbark bits I set to work on them.

I only managed to get to 1200G as I didn’t have any finer grits so stopped there.

A few days later I wondered what I could do with them and set about making a box from the pieces.

By cutting off most of the rubbish I found I could make a reasonable size box so set to work . I used my tenoning jig to do the rabbets and then cut the channels in four legs
Clamped it up in stages, first the two long sides and legs then the next day the complete frame

I used my kreg do dad and framing clamps.

Once it was ready the next day it looked a little bland So I routed some Art Decco touches

I made the base from common pine and custom fitted it into the space then glued it in place.

I then cut pieces to fill the gaps in the bottom of the feet.

I rounded over the edges re sanded everything with my lady friend.

For the final finish I used some Howard Citrus shield premium paste wax

So there you go! .....and importantly…....

No sideways pictures were posted during this process.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 08-12-2021 09:50 AM

Very beautiful, reminds me on planter

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 08-12-2021 10:07 AM

doggone Rob, that turned out pretty darn nice. Really like the color and the attention to detail (the grooves) makes it a stand out

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 08-12-2021 10:08 AM

Rob, The colour, figure and grain of the timber is gorgeous, so for my money it was well worth making something useful. Top marks sir!

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

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#4 posted 08-12-2021 10:56 AM

Very Nice Rob.

Love it and thanks for sharing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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Dave Polaschek

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#5 posted 08-12-2021 11:02 AM

Nice, Rob! I might’ve filled some of the termite damage with a tinted epoxy mix, but then again, maybe not,

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 08-12-2021 11:16 AM

Ivan:- Agree it does look like a miniature planter box

Recycle1943:- We must think alike the groves do make better feature

Crowie:- The timber never ceases to impress me whenever I make something with it even rubbish can look impressive

Bob:- Thanks, I hope the town rebuild is moving along

Dave:- Agree also, after seeing Dicks work with epoxies it has inspired me to advance my skills a little, its certainly food for thought. the florescent ones would certainly make a feature of the defects.

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 08-12-2021 01:53 PM

real nice work buddy,i wish i had a truck load of that wood.hey if you could make a lid it would make a nice urn for something like…......a duck maybe ?

-- 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 08-12-2021 02:00 PM

Nice project!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Jay Boutwell

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#9 posted 08-12-2021 02:10 PM

Rob, an excellent example of not only talent and design but that of patience and understanding of wood and what you can do with it. I appreciate you sharing this perfect project that is inspirational to others. Certainly is eye catching that forces a second look and everybit that of pure craftsmanship. Thank you for sharing another excellent example of your never ending talents.

-- Jay-- Cabinet Technology

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#10 posted 08-12-2021 02:19 PM

nice wood LOL GREAT JOB :<))))

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

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#11 posted 08-12-2021 05:54 PM

Now you’ve got somewhere to keep your sander!

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#12 posted 08-12-2021 09:18 PM

Pottz:- Thanks Larry interesting you mention Urns, I was thinking (and that’s a worry) if I made a casket out of it the movement of the earth would crush it before it actually rotted away.

sras:- Thank you.

Jay:- Thanks,... sorry about not remembering what the Kreg assessory is called I went looking for its name but couldnt find it so it got do dad.
You must have been peeking over the fence watching me as I calibrated the table saw and tenoning jig to get the perfect flush face and frame fit, it did take a bit of patience I tell you.

GR8HUNTER:- Thanks the wood is from a roadside throw out stash from a few years ago. They were house stumps retired for steel posts. (look here if you are curious)

HokieKen:- Oh yes well spotted and your correct I think she will fit in there no worries, I saw the same thing as I was packing up!

-- Regards Rob

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#13 posted 08-12-2021 09:29 PM

pretty nice wood for fence posts.ill probably look closer when someone tears a fence down from now on.but i gaurantee i wont find wood that beautiful in a fence here.

-- 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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#14 posted 08-12-2021 09:43 PM

pottzy:- these are the base materials from which I have used to make any of the projects labeled Red ironbark, amazing results eh!

Its tough as to work but the results are worth it in the long run! I have just offered Crowie a few off cuts or a length if he is interested otherwise the scraps are destinies for the Otto bin

-- Regards Rob

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#15 posted 08-12-2021 09:53 PM

So what’s the story with the missing sander, Mr. Wolf? That bloody walkabouts acusee seems to turn up in all your posts… perhaps you are just seeking sympathy regarding that lost wallet!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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