A christmas gift for my Mother

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Project by Exuma posted 12-26-2011 09:33 PM 1836 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A week ago I realized that I had yet to do something for my mother’s christmas gift and the only thing I could think of that was different from my past gifts was a box. I had never done a box before so this was my first ever attempt.

The wood used is native Brasiletto that I ripped down into 2 1/2” x 1/2” planks on my old craftsman table saw (extremely dangerous but I can’t afford a band saw right now)

For binding the planks together I used glue and poplar dowels (I have no drill press either so I had to drill all the holes using a cordless drill)

I had originally intended for the corners to be mitered but for some reason it just wasn’t working out as I had hoped and then I screwed up and mistakenly cut one of my planks too short. As a result I decided to do an old box joint, which was cut out using a combination of coping saw, dremel and chisel. when this was all done I cut a piece of 3/8” plywood and notched out a grove on the inside of each piece before slamming them all together, squaring up and clamping with my band clamp.

the finished profuct was sanded with the r/o using 100, then hand sanded using 220, 360 and wet sanding with 480, 600 and finally 2000. I let it dry out for a few hours and then wiped on my favourite tung oil finish from minwax

When it came time to think about hinges I knew that I couldnt use any of the hinges that I used in my shop since they were too big for the 3/8” top, so I recycled an old leather belt for the hinges and secured it using copper tack nails.

The final dimensions are 11 7/8” x 15” x 5 1/8”

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#1 posted 12-26-2011 10:13 PM

Gorgeous. I especially like the leather hinges and the variation in the wood.

-- Glenn, Arkansas

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#2 posted 12-26-2011 10:46 PM

Great looking box, love the wood

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 12-27-2011 02:36 AM

Nice job! The wood is beautifull!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#4 posted 12-27-2011 03:49 AM

Very nice box. I’ll bet your mom loved it. That is a beautiful wood that I’ve never heard of. Where is it from? I’d love to find some of that! You did a nice job on the hand cut box joints and of course I liked the hinges since you didn’t buy them!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 12-27-2011 04:57 AM

Thanks all!

gfadvm – Brasiletto grows wild here in The Bahamas, I’m not sure about where else it grows.

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#6 posted 01-14-2012 09:29 PM

Great box!
If you rub the edges of the leather belt with some soap or bees wax on a piece of hardwood, the friction will burnish, smooth down and get rid of the little fibers that are sticking up. You can even stain the cut edge so the cut won’t look so light.

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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