Long lost Relative

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Project by nakedjoinery posted 04-09-2013 09:09 PM 2201 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So glad to finally have this one done. I scraped the frame on my first attempt as it was to thin or I took to great a pass when cutting the rabett for the panel and it cracked. gfadvm (Andy) took a great deal of time and effort mentally walking me through this entire build. It’s pretty well a copy of his design with the the exception of the hinges which were free hand sanded for the edge radius and the pins in the half laps are not through. It’s made of a maple frame and padauk panels and. The trays are a pallet wood of unknown species. It was finished with Danish oil. Thanks Andy. I think this box may be a long lost relative of your box family that just won the lotto.

-- mike c

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#1 posted 04-09-2013 09:12 PM

Beautiful job. I think you are getting the best pallet wood ever. Andy is a pretty good guy also.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 04-09-2013 10:50 PM

I opened this thread because of the title.
Then I see your box.

I was somehow certain you were gonna tell us it was an urn for someone’s ashes :-)

Nice box!

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#3 posted 04-09-2013 11:39 PM

I thought that box looked familiar and I really like that wood used for the trays.

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#4 posted 04-10-2013 12:19 AM

Great job

-- Todd

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#5 posted 04-10-2013 01:09 AM

Mike, It turned out absolutely perfect!. Ya had me worried a few times but your work is great. There is a lot more to one of those style boxes than folks realize. “Pins in the half laps are not through” I don’t understand that??? They look like they’re “through”. And I’m not tellin anyone about the hinge glue up! LOL

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

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#6 posted 04-10-2013 01:36 AM

Thanks, guys I guess I should have thought about title. I didn’t have padauk stock thick enough for dowels so I used plug cutter and cut it from my1/8” panel leftover and just forstnered and sanded flush. Ya Andy lesson learned in appying finish before hinge glue up lol. They kept falling off till I sanded it lol. It’s fun to be a rookie. Now I have to make another bench and try those dowel splines on it, to cool. Whats next splines inside a box inside a circle thats actually the hidden key to a puzzle box?

-- mike c

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#7 posted 04-10-2013 03:03 AM

Ah, now I understand the non-through pins. I started using these to make sure the joint wouldn’t be spread apart by the trapped panel but don’t think they’re necessary as those half laps are really strong.

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

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#8 posted 04-10-2013 08:53 AM

Great work! Love the colors as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 04-10-2013 05:23 PM

Very nice, Ive done a few “trunks and hope chests” and know they are not easy. Keep up the good work !!!!!

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#10 posted 04-15-2013 03:33 AM

Well done Mike! Any box that look close to Andy’s boxes are a sure winner! Great contrast in the woods too!
Nice work to both!

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

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