Bow box prototype

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Project by Bill posted 07-27-2012 08:12 PM 2080 views 6 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Saw a box like this last week that Lenny posted on LJs last week, and I had to try it for my self. Really interesting going from boards to bow tie. Lenny has a reference to the magazine w/the plans on his post, and if I could figure it out I would too. Any how, I drew up the bows and they came out well, but the inside curves were too small to get a tool into to sand…. even the dremel wouldn’t do it. Considering redesigning with a larger inside curve, and making them less beefy.

Box measures about 7×7 x 3 made out of poplar, maple for the top, and curly maple/ padauk for the ribbon.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 07-27-2012 11:35 PM

Very nice, I like the way you used the poplar for the box, the wood has a very cool transition from light to dark.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#2 posted 07-28-2012 08:28 AM

Those knotes looks amaizing on both your boxes.I have big plans to do the same.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 07-28-2012 07:39 PM

Hey there bigogre. This box and the other two came out nicely. I am not sure what you mean by not being able to figure it out. Do you mean how to download the template for the bows? If so, send a PM to me and I will explain. Regarding the sanding, if the bow parts are made to the dimensions in the plans, you can use an oscillating spindle sander (OSS). There is just enough room for them to fit over my smallest spindle and sand most of the inside. There are some areas that I could not reach and had to use a file and do some hand sanding too. If you don’t have an OSS, I think a Dremel tool would work if the bows are made large enough. Again, nice work on what you did.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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