Looooong overdue present for grand daughter

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Project by SST posted 12-27-2011 12:39 AM 2028 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Before Christmas last year, before last Valentine’s day, before her May birthday, before graduation day, before she went off to start college, I promised my grand daughter that I’d make her something.
Then each of those events snuck by & I hadn’t gotten around to it. I had it in my head that it was going to be a small keepsake box, but I couldn’t quite settle on the design or the wood.

A while back, I came across some small pieces of oak with some unusual staining & I posted a couple of pics in a blog here asking if anyone had seen anything like it. At that point, it was fresh cut, wet & heavy & the plan was to use it for some turning, if I could ever get to it. I did saw some into short boards & stickered to dry.

This was what I had to use. Great idea… fraught with challenges. As the wood dried, and probably because of whatever caused the unusual staining, it began to separate in what I’d call ring shake style. Still, I wanted to use it, so I began what for a while seemed to be a never ending process of stabilizing the wood. First, CA glue poured into cracks & fissures, followed by clear epoxy in the wider, deeper ones. (separate steps)

Seemed to work & I’m hoping that all the separating is finished. (because the box is)

I used the oak for the base & the lid with ash for the box sides & tray bottom. The box floor is scrap cherry & the tray sides are maple from re-cycled pallet lumber. The result, I think, is a nice contrast. The good news was that I finished at noon on Christmas day. (they were arriving at 2pm…no sense waiting until the last minute, right?)
The even better news was that she liked it. Hoo hoo, Merry Christmas to me! -SST

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#1 posted 12-27-2011 01:06 AM

I think the colors look great!!! Nice keep sake box.

My first ever wood project was a 6 foot kitchen storage

shelf. I did a lot of cross grain gluing…..When it cracked

it sounded like a tree split in half. Good humor for a newbee….:)

Hopefully, you cut the wood thin and gave it a good dry time!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#2 posted 12-27-2011 03:10 AM

Beautiful box from beautiful wood.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 12-27-2011 03:42 AM

Beautiful wood and nice build. I decided I would build my granddaughter a box every year for her birthday. She’s only 4 and already her mother is wondering where they are goiung to put all her boxes by the time she is grown.

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

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#5 posted 12-27-2011 05:30 AM

Nice. I especially like that you mirrored the tray profile with the base profile. I try to use that design technique in my projects. I really like your build.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#6 posted 12-31-2011 11:07 PM

Beauitiful!!! She should love it…

I want the “Twilight Zone Stop watch.” There was this great twilight episode where this guy has a stop watch that he uses to stop time…so that he can get more time to himself—-my memory is he just used it to stop time so he could go off and read books…without any time going by…I wish I had that to stop time…at least here and there…I would not over abuse it…just once in a while…to work on those projects without feeling guilty…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 01-01-2012 03:36 AM

That is a great box. the wood is beautiful

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