Ribbon box sans scroll saw

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Project by Rb12 posted 01-09-2013 04:00 PM 7294 views 13 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I have been marveling at a number of the ribbon boxes all the resident scroll sawers around here have produced, hower I neither have a scroll saw nor a band saw, but figured I would give it a shot with the scraps and tools I do have.

So I laminated some purple heart and aspen together and used my jig saw to cut the curves and a drill press with a 1” forstner bit to cut the middle out of the ribbons. I used my belt sander to shape the curves evenly and then the spindle sander additions to my drill press to get the final shapes.

The box itself is cherry on top and in the splines and African mahogony on the bottom.

My phone photogrophy skills don’t do it a lot of justice, but I am pretty happy with the outcome, I am sure my daughter will be pleased with it as a gift. I used Watco Danish Oil as a finish and will likely schellac and probably laquer this weekend after the Danish Oil cures for 4 or 5 days.

Fun little project because it forced me to rebuild me spline jig (my old one had run its course) and build some glue up jigs to secure the ribbons while they dried.

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#1 posted 01-09-2013 04:43 PM

Looks really good. Great job of adapt and overcome when you don’t have all the tools needed.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#2 posted 01-09-2013 04:49 PM

This is a really nice box. I love when people come up with solutions that do not include spending thousands on tools :). This shows you are a true craftsman.

One tip, I’d be careful about lacquer over danish oil. Read up on whatever lacquer you choose. Many say it cannot be applied over polyurethane – which Watco does contain.


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#3 posted 01-09-2013 05:18 PM

This is cool. I like how you made this with the tools you had on hand. That’s awesome. Looks great.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#4 posted 01-09-2013 05:18 PM

Very cool box ,great job.


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#5 posted 01-09-2013 06:24 PM

You did a beautiful job on the box. Nice work.

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#6 posted 01-09-2013 06:40 PM

thanks folks, appreciate the feedback.

lumberjoe, I appreciate the lacquer comment and I totally agree. I would not directly apply with less than about a month of cure time or so in between. I intend to use a couple coats of shellac as a bridge and depending on how that looks, I might stop there.

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#7 posted 01-09-2013 06:50 PM

I love these. The ribbons just look like candy to me.

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#8 posted 01-09-2013 08:56 PM

very nice

-- Joel

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#9 posted 01-09-2013 09:59 PM

Breathtaking! I like it a lot!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#10 posted 01-10-2013 01:46 AM

Very impressive work. I love it when you make do with what you’ve got and it turns out this well.

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

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#11 posted 01-10-2013 03:04 AM

Very nice! Stirs the imagination for sure! Love the contrasting woods!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#12 posted 01-10-2013 03:56 AM

I have a bandsaw and a scroll saw, but have yet to attempt one of these. You’ve done a fantastic job on this box, especially considering the tools you have. Kudos for sure.

Just goes to show the person makes the project, not the tools.

-- -- Don from PA

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#13 posted 01-10-2013 04:59 AM

Really nice looking box, great work.

-- Tom D

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#14 posted 01-10-2013 06:16 AM

great looking job.i thought you had to have some specialty tools to construct the did a nice job.

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#15 posted 01-10-2013 06:36 AM

The final result is worth of every effort.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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