Amy's Box

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Project by Copperjock posted 02-26-2008 04:54 AM 1920 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another scroll saw box (2 pc. lid and 2 pc. box) from Diane Thompson’s book. This time I wanted to try out the scroll saw version of inlay and the winner was my sister, the relative with the shortest name. It involves laying 2 equal thickness & complimentary colors stacked together, then scrolling all the pieces in one direction (in my case, clockwise) with the table tilted about 2-1/2 to 3 degrees.

When you are done, the top piece drops into the lower board with a super-snug fit. That came out well, except that the smallest bit I have, 1/16” is way too big for something like this. I have a numbered drill index at work that I will use next time I try this to get a smaller starting hole.

The second thing is that a long straight line is quite difficult on 3/4”+ stock with a scroll saw. The inside of the box is rough , more so than sanding can solve. To avoid the outside ending up the same way, I decided to run it through the bandsaw, and I can tell you the outside is quite smooth and straight.

It is made from ash and walnut, and finished with three coats of Minwax Polycrylic. Finishing seems tedious and fickle to me so my next project I will be using tung oil, which seems to be quite popular around here.

-- All the test cuts in the world won't stop you from cutting the outside when you meant to cut the inside. doh!

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#1 posted 02-26-2008 05:20 AM

This is a nice box. I am sure that you sister appreciated it.

thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 02-26-2008 06:39 AM

Excellent job on the inlay. That’s a nice box.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#3 posted 02-26-2008 08:51 AM

Really nice box – the inlay looks great to me.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 02-26-2008 12:34 PM

Great idea for my sisters birthday

-- A. Molloy

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#5 posted 02-26-2008 12:43 PM

Cool box, and interesting concept. I had never heard of using a scroll saw to do inlay that way before! Thanks for sharing.

-- Robb

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#6 posted 02-26-2008 01:09 PM

good choice of names to start with!! :)
so do you have a dark coloured “Amy” blank now?

3/4” stock. yikes. I’m still struggling with 1/4”.

re: starter hole, I wonder if you could make a bigger hole and plug it with a jewel or something and include it in the design. I guess it’s an option with a different effect

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 02-26-2008 04:53 PM

very nice job on that inlay stack. was thinking about one of those last night myself.

-- Greg, CT

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#8 posted 02-28-2008 02:59 AM

Thanks everyone for your comments.

Debbie, you’re right, I have a 1/4” panel of walnut with “Amy” cut out of the upper left corner. (I too miserly to have centered the two boards together, so I offset the walnut to keep as much board as I could for the next project.) I love it when I am cutting 1/4”, because after fighting the thicker stock, that 1/4” feels like a breeze. Typically I catch myself running too quick and getting off my lines with the 1/4”. I like where you’re going with that jewel/decoration piece to cover the starter hole, this project has 4 holes, so that probably wouldn’t work for every hole, but would be nice touch. I may have to dabble in carving some small flowers to adorn the top of the next one…... I guess I gotta go buy another book….. ;)

-- All the test cuts in the world won't stop you from cutting the outside when you meant to cut the inside. doh!

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