oops ! the fix is in

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Project by patron posted 04-26-2012 09:53 PM 5878 views 5 times favorited 77 comments Add to Favorites Watch

made a box for my friends granddaughter

wood is aromatic cedar
spray can satin minwax poly

everything was great till i did the rabbets
for the joinery
then three knots fell out
i couldn’t just replace the board
or i would lose the grain continuity
so i rummaged around in my head
and came to this idea

rabbet the whole thing there
and add an ‘accent’ to it

here is the problem

solution make the starbusts from scraps
just cut quick on the bandsaw
and clean up on the disk sander
so all edges are straight
glue together as two half circles
(slightly over half)
then straighten on disk sander again
and get a full circle
cut to rectangular just slightly over
(with a scrap cardboard sizing template)
and set aside

now to do something i don’t do yet
cut the box open before finish
(as the saw kerf and sanding take some dimension)
and would make the ‘rays’ not align later
at the cut line

clamping the two parts back together
then glue on the starburst
(my ‘crescent moon’ signature goes good here)
and with my small trim saw (no set to the teeth)
cut it open there after the glue is good and dry
(the box cut is easier to follow as a guide for the saw)
clean up and finish then

i have made this as a project/build blog
so as to help anyone that runs into these problems

as i design and build my own work
i am not stuck to any particular idea
but just go where the work takes me

and often to much more pleasing effect than forcing
the work to do what i want

thanks for looking
have a good day

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#1 posted 04-26-2012 10:00 PM

great idea.

-- So much to do, so little time.

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#2 posted 04-26-2012 10:00 PM

Now that is different… oops … and a great fix

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 04-26-2012 10:02 PM

That was a nice save with the sun burst. The whole box looks amazing.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#4 posted 04-26-2012 10:04 PM

Beautiful box and ingenious fix David. Now your insignia will sit on a burst of inspiration :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#5 posted 04-26-2012 10:07 PM

thanks guys

the funny thing is
i made a box for this young lady 8 years ago
but her mom won’t give it to her
saying that she won’t take care of it

grandpa got tired of talking with his daughter about it
and when the granddaughter asked him direct for a box
he commissioned another
which he will give to her this week-end

mom can do what she wants then

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 04-26-2012 10:09 PM

Nice fix David, it did wonders for the box.
Thanks for sharing it.

-- Mel,

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#7 posted 04-26-2012 10:20 PM

Very nice box David and I like your solution to that knotty problem. I hope the girl actually gets this one.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 04-26-2012 10:23 PM

thanks again

i did putty the inside of the knots
but only the middle one was actually exposed
as the edge ones were capped by the top and bottom

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 04-26-2012 10:34 PM

That’s a unique fix, came out great

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#10 posted 04-26-2012 10:45 PM

Nice Job David, the “Fix” is more like an Enhancement…
Felix the Cat must be envious of your bag of tricks Brother!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#11 posted 04-26-2012 10:54 PM

You always amaze me with your unique ideas. Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#12 posted 04-26-2012 10:58 PM

That’s what makes you a true craftsman, and I think the starburst added a nice touch to it. It looks great!

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#13 posted 04-26-2012 10:59 PM

The starburst is what makes this box pop. I not sure you can call it a fix when it takes the project to a new level like this did.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#14 posted 04-26-2012 11:03 PM

No fix in site but a beautiful starburst.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#15 posted 04-26-2012 11:05 PM

Great save David. Nice work.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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