Second Box project - Two boxes

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Project by snewOevaD posted 04-08-2012 05:36 PM 2194 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These boxes are the second boxes I’ve made. I think the wood is Douglas Fir, but I’m not 100% sure. It was reclaimed out of an old Methodist church, and is over 100 years old. It got pulled out, left in it’s 22 foot long by 3-1/4 inch by 13-1/2 dimensions and sat outside for a while. I saw the add on craig’s list and had to have some.

The dovetailed corners were done using a Rockler jig. I learned that these softwoods REALLY like to chip out, and so I had to adjust the way I was doing a lot of things. They were the first dovetail joints on this jig, and I’m fairly pleased with it’s performance. the only other dovetail joints I’ve ever tried were using a mixture of hand tools and a band saw(that wasn’t set up properly). I don’t have enough patience to make dozens and dozens of dovetails by hand before I start getting good enough to want to use them in a project and actually let another human being see them.

The Lids started out a little thicker than the sides, then I Rabbeted the edges so they would fit the boxes. Before finishing, I was a little concerned with the cracks, so I filled them with epoxy. The edge is an Ogee bit on the Router table, and the handles use the same Ogee just upside down.

The nail holes and cracks are filled with a Dark Walnut Filler. The finish is Danish Oil in Fruitwood, and then after about 4 days of drying, about 4 coats of wipe on Poly. The Fruitwood color didn’t change the color too much, just brought out the red/orange that is already in the wood. I think that the boxes will darken up a bit with age, because the boards that I have planed have already darkened a little after just a couple months.

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#1 posted 04-08-2012 09:06 PM

Really nice joinery; real nice wood too

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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robert triplett

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#2 posted 04-08-2012 10:47 PM

A very nice box. Soft woods are hard to deal with for me. They show too many mistakes, especially careless drops, etc. You did a good job with the grain of this wood.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#3 posted 04-09-2012 12:45 AM

I wish my early boxes had looked anywhere near as nice as these!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 04-09-2012 12:52 AM

Nice job and I know how hard softwoods are to work. That looks just like the Doug Fir from my dad’s old barn. Mine has a lot of those black streaks from old nails and I think that adds a lot of character.

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

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Richard Miller

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#5 posted 04-09-2012 02:30 AM

The boxes are great and the dovetails are too. I bought one of those Rockler dovetail jigs and after fiddling for about an hour, I was about ready to eat the loss and throw it out with the trash but put it back on the shelf instead until I felt like wasting time again. Now that I’ve seen someone elses results from the Rockler jig, it gives me a lot of incentive to try again. And looking at those boxes drives home the point that I should get the planer before I get a band saw. I think it’s excellent work.

-- Richard

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#6 posted 04-09-2012 12:11 PM

These boxes have a nice feel to them. The dovetails work well here also. Hope to see more from you.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#7 posted 04-13-2012 12:31 PM

Thanks for all the encouragement. This site is awesome, because it makes me want to get more done.

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#8 posted 04-13-2012 12:46 PM

Very nice, especially since your just starting out in making boxes.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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