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Project by skeemer posted 02-24-2012 09:41 PM 3165 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, after over a month of work, I’ve finally finished my first project. It took over a month due to the weather + school + new house which limited my time to short periods once or twice a week. Combine that with learning how to use a table saw, cleaning/sharpening/tuning my first jack plane, and learning how to chisel, it took some time, but I’m finally done!

My chiseling skill definitely needs some improvement which you can see in the second picture, but I’ll get there. You can see a little of the glue squeeze out that I wasn’t able to remove in various places (lesson learned about letting it dry). It isn’t nearly as apparent in reality as it looks in the photo, fortunately. Unfortunately, the box did not come out quite square. It was square during my clamping dry run, but must have shifted a bit during glue up and is around 88-89 degrees. I do plan to redo this with a nicer wood once my skills are improved. This was all made from a single 1×8 from Home Depot and finished with 4 coats of Salad Bowl Finish. You can see in the last picture the upgrade from the cheap old one we still had from my bachelor days, which did not fit the knives from our silverware set we received for the wedding last year.

On a side note, after seeing that I am actually capable of creating something that didn’t look Homer Simpson built, my wife has begun brainstorming projects for me to do now. Next up is a set of shelves to store all the paint we’re using in the new house, and then a shoe organizer for the foyer closet. I’m also planning to make her a cedar box for her birthday in April.

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#1 posted 02-24-2012 09:59 PM

Very nice ,just don’t let my wife see it ,I promised her one years ago.


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#2 posted 02-24-2012 11:07 PM

Nice precision work, that looks great

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 02-26-2012 03:47 AM

Man I’ve been meaning to make one of those. I think I will have to bump it up my to do list.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#4 posted 02-27-2012 01:09 PM

Nice work! I was just thinking about doing this over the weekend and I think you’ve inspired me to have a go at it.

“On a side note, after seeing that I am actually capable of creating something that didn’t look Homer Simpson built, my wife has begun brainstorming projects for me to do now.”

Yep, that sounds about right. My wife was skeptical when we got a new TV and I told her I would make the display case to replace our old entertainment center. Now I have the list of things to build. If it hasn’t happened yet, also expect her to see items in the store that she likes, and have her say “I want you to make me that.”

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#5 posted 02-27-2012 01:14 PM

Glad my novice project could be an inspiration to a few! When I first started out, I thought this would be a fairly easy project, but I found planing and chiseling small thin pieces to be more difficult than I expected. The pieces on the side are 3/8” thick and the inside dividers are 1/4” thick. Learning to safely resaw a 3/4” board was a challenge as well.

My wife’s is beginning to grow, but she’s still skeptical of any suggestions I make regarding furniture. For now I’m relegated to shelf and closet organizer projects, but I’m hoping I can change her mind with a nice jewelry box for her birthday.

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