Box for mom

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Project by kowtow posted 05-21-2011 02:42 AM 1621 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After signing on to this site four or five months ago, it seems like I’ve been doing nothing but making shelving boxes for my shop, or the basement, or the garage out of three quarter ply and sheet rock screws. I try and get the odds and ends right; nice tight joints, wood that’s all the shame shape, but at the end of the day it’s mostly about Just-get-it-done-so-you-can-get-it-clean.

So I was up at a local Woodcraft and they were having a special on “mahogany” for $5.99 a b.f. I have done some wooden boat work and I know that there is a relative of mahogany out there called sipo. And this looked like sipo. Really ribbon-y grain, a nice dark color to it, and tears out like a mother. I was excited to get my hands on it.

I also about 8 months ago scored a load of cherry from a guy restoring a Chris Craft who didn’t know what kind of wood he had. Thought it was good for boat repair. I bought it off him for about a buck a foot.

The down side of these two purchases is that I had a bunch of lumber taking up space.

So I got a hair-brained idea to make a box. I’ve never used cove cuts before and I have been wanting to do something with them for a while.

So this is the box:

Sipo 4×4x6.5 (1/4” thick)
Cherry lid 4×6.5 (1/2” thick) -coffin lids is 1.5” around the edge to 1/4” thick
Base is door skin that I got on the cheap.

Tools used:
Lie-Nielsen L.A. Jack Plane to dimension
Lie-Nielsen L.A. Block plane to trim
Dozuki saw
A mother load of sand paper (Grits 36-320)
Formby’s tung oil (6 coats 50/50 turpentine)
Furniture finish wax (Min Wax I believe)

This is my first project posted up here, hopefully there will be more coming down the pipeline.

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#1 posted 05-21-2011 03:00 AM

very nice box

and a good combination
of curved and angular

keep it up

you have good skills

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 05-21-2011 03:08 AM

Reaaly elegent and fine looking, great colors.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#3 posted 05-21-2011 03:23 AM

Very eye appealing. The geometric curves are great. What is a door skin?

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#4 posted 05-21-2011 03:27 AM

@amagineer, I know door skin as the plywood they use to finish interior doors. It’s usually got one side that is finished, it’s about 4mm thick and the has the same quality of Medium Density Overlay.

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#5 posted 05-21-2011 03:59 AM

That looks like a wood that does not like handplanes. Good job getting everything smooth. I like the way you angled the grain on the top and the hidden reveal on the lid is a nice touch.

Did you do the miters first and shaping second?

The bevels on the lid look good, but I feel like you need a handle (just me and I can’t explain why)

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#6 posted 05-21-2011 04:27 AM

Great design, you did a wonderful job with the cuts also

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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