Small box and small tray - caddy

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Project by dustyal posted 02-03-2011 01:13 AM 2067 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The tray: Cherry with purple heart and oak ply bottom. Inside = 1.5” x 8.5” x 9” shellac and poly

My wife wanted it, and she declared she wanted that dimension for the INSIDE of the box. She also wanted the handle to be smaller, and the box tray to be light in weight. She KNOWS that a square box would have been faster/easier, but after 40 years, I’ve just learned to make it so. She liked it and it serves her purpose.

The box: Overall, 3.75” x 3.75” x 7” sapele, unkown top; shellac and poly

She wanted a jewelry box that would hold two wide bracelets. So, I made it to hold just two wide bracelets. The idea is that if it was bigger I might be expected to buy more jewelry to fill it… ?

... and the Zinsser clear shellac can states “not recommended for sealer under poly” I’m not sure what’s up with that… seems to work well for me.

Anyway, fun simple projects in small shop on winter days.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#1 posted 02-03-2011 01:43 AM

Very well done, I like the lip for the lid to fit over, looks to be a real snug fit, that’ a good thing, pretty wood, and good craftsmanship, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#2 posted 02-03-2011 04:03 AM

Good lookin pieces.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#3 posted 02-03-2011 05:36 AM

Great looking tray and it looks just like the plans.

I did like the box at our show and tell.

Very good Al.

-- 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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#4 posted 02-03-2011 05:44 AM

”“not recommended for sealer under poly”

If the Shellac isn’t dewaxed , then the Poly won’t always adhere to it.
Zinsser Seal Coat is dewaxed shellac.
Did her specified internal measurements include the handle placement ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 02-03-2011 06:05 PM

Nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 02-03-2011 07:19 PM

Nice caddy!! Thanks for the idea :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 03-14-2017 11:46 AM

These both turned out nicely. Well done!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 03-15-2017 06:47 PM

Thanks. Holding up in everyday use. Something I had done for my wife. Unfortunately she passed away this past December. Trying to get motivated and get back into woodworking. New lathe arrived as well as Leigh RJT 400 dovetail jig. Those should keep my mind busy.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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