A Box For a Handle of a Rusty Old Knife

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Project by Gumnut posted 10-06-2012 03:50 PM 1995 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So here we have the box for the rusty blade that I made a handle for the son of the man who I work for!
It is made from Eucalypt as the sides but I am not sure what type and the lid is Blackbutt (Eucalyptus pilularis)
lined with cow leather and finished with Minwax wipe on Gloss Polly, interestingly the Blackbutt lid was not green in colour it was creamy looking until the Minwax went on and the end result stands out more.
There was a gum line in the Blackbutt as well so I filled it with some gold flakes that I picked up at a craft show and then covered the gold with cyanoacrylate super glue.
The joints are mitred with a centre spline to strengthen the joint, I used the spline with the lid decoration inlay to have a bit of a different finish on the top.

I will do a blog soo on how I make acurate mitres with the spline.

The 14 year old young man who received the knife and box was over the moon, then it was locked away by his parents until he gets older. Such is Life!

Hope you enjoy.

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association

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#1 posted 10-06-2012 04:29 PM

Great work on the knife and the new box!

-- Brian Timmons -

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#2 posted 10-06-2012 04:32 PM

Nice handle and box Peter.
I am so in envy of the woods you have in WA.
The blackbutt top reminds me of another iconic WA presence, the breaking surf.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 10-06-2012 04:40 PM

The box is just as impressive as the knife.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then sand a whole bunch

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#4 posted 10-06-2012 04:48 PM

Awesome… where did you get the hardware by the way?

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#5 posted 10-06-2012 07:51 PM

Great job on that knife. The handle is beautiful and the blade now looks like new. The great looking box is so fitting for such a nice gift. I’ll bet you are his hero, Peter!!................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 10-06-2012 11:39 PM

That is just stupendous.
Masculine looking, a very nice match for the blade.

Really nice hardware too. Adds a nice touch.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 10-07-2012 02:07 AM

You did a great job cleaning that blade up and the handle is very nice BUT the box is outstanding! That is some really cool wood!

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

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#8 posted 10-07-2012 02:46 AM

Beautiful box and knife. The latter sure doesn’t look rusty now . . .

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#9 posted 10-07-2012 12:43 PM

Love ‘em both. Outstanding work.

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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#10 posted 10-07-2012 01:32 PM

Both the knife and the box expertly done.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#11 posted 10-07-2012 06:55 PM

Beautiful home.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 10-10-2012 10:25 PM

Peter, this is a wonderful project. The harware is first rate and the wood and your gold inlay are a treat for any appreciatiator of wood to behold. Thank you for sharing this with us. I actually think this box over-shadows the handle…and the handle was stunning.

Yes, it should be locked away…a 14-year-old will find lots of wrong things to do with the knife and even the box, but yes it is also a shame. I am not sure what your day job entails, but your boss should hire you to do woodworking full time. Looking forward to your blog. I do splines like this with my 45 degree jig for angle cutting. I just turn the side pieces over, move them down on the jig, adjust the stop, adjust the blade height and cut away.

-- Big Al in IN

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