Ba-da-bing, the Bubinga Box

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Project by littlecope posted 06-07-2013 11:25 PM 2535 views 0 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The latest box, a Bubinga sided and Yellow Birch paneled effort… (The “Hardware” is also YB)
It measured out at 10.5” X 7.25” X 4.75”...

Taking photos of this convinced me of my need to make a Light Tent… I tried three times with three different backgrounds, and still couldn’t do justice to Mother Nature’s contribution to this Project!
I could probably have waited for Ma Nature’s own Light, but there is no Sunshine in the forecast until Sunday…

What is it for?
Beats me! I just enjoy the heck out of making them… :)

Anyway, here it is, as imperfect as its maker…
Thanks for taking the time to take a peek, and you know that Comments, Criticism, and what-have-you are always welcome and appreciated!
7 June 2013

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

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#1 posted 06-07-2013 11:31 PM

You mean ba-bing-.....a box… lol
Way nicely done. Looks super

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#2 posted 06-07-2013 11:44 PM

Pretty darn snazzy looking there Mike.
All the signature “littlecope” details add up to a boss-box !

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#3 posted 06-08-2013 12:14 AM

I think it is Grand, Mike! Anyone would be proud to have this in their possession!
Know what you mean about the light tent.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 06-08-2013 12:16 AM

Really nice, Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 06-08-2013 12:17 AM

As someone who “watched” you build this Mike, it’s enjoyable to see the end product. Wonderful craftsmanship as always. I have a two-part question for you: What is the finish and, is it common for bubinga to turn from the reddish tone the wood had in your build series to the honey brown that appears in these photos. I have never worked with bubinga so I do not know much about it. I’m thinking that perhaps when the finish is applied the tone changes?

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

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#6 posted 06-08-2013 12:37 AM

Turned out nice. Those are 2 woods I have never worked with.

I am trying to work up the courage to cut the top off of my latest box with the bandsaw. Just put it against the fence,push it through, and hope for the best?

I didn’t understand your “sandwich” method.

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

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#7 posted 06-08-2013 12:51 AM

Another great box. You are in the zone !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 06-08-2013 01:20 AM

Nice one Mike. You are the man for natural hinges! I get so I expect them now!!

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

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#9 posted 06-08-2013 01:50 AM

Roger: Good one Buddy! I should have you write the titles… :)
Eric: The “regular” finger lift and hinges seemed appropriate for this one… Thanks for your comments my Friend!
Lew: This is the third or fourth time I’ve run into it with darker woods… they just don’t want to photograph very well!
I’m going to knock a light tent together as soon as I can… Thank you for your kind words.
Mr Mines: Good to hear from you my Friend! You might laugh to hear of it, but I was just thinking about you yesterday, and wondering how your world turns… :)
Lenny: The finish was wipe-on Polyurethane again… I want to try BLO, soon, and waxing, but I still had some of this left to use up… It actually wasn’t quite done in the photos. After I took the shots I scratched it up a little with a Green Scrubbie, and then cleaned the dust off with plain old furniture polish… It tones down the shine a bit but keeps the luster.
As far as the look of the wood, again, the pix don’t do the Bubinga justice. I think it has to do with us having two eyes, while the camera only has one; i.e., Bi-nocular vs. Mon-ocular vision…
From what I gather, Bubinga is also known as Brazilian Rosewood and, in person, actually appears darker than these pictures indicate…
As I said, I just built the box… Mother Nature is responsible for how great it looks!
Andy: Sorry Andy, I guess I use too many food analogies! (Too much time Cookin’!)
I clamp the box to that big hunk of square plastic that Bob Kollman was kind enough to send me… That way, I know that it is square, up and down…
But I found that if I clamp the box directly to the plastic, when it reaches where the clamp is, it binds the blade (to the point of stopping the machine!)
When I added another board, under the clamp on the other side, it doesn’t bind at all. To me it resembled a big “sandwich”...
The point is, any cut made through the “meat” of the sandwich will be a straight one (at least vertically)... I marked a line and followed it as well as I could, slicing through the whole “sandwich”...
This picture is the first way (minus the clamp)Did it the way I used to...
This is the other way, with the second board added (and with the clamp!)...About to cut-off the Lid...
I hope that helps… :)
Dan: Thanks Buddy!!
Jim K.: Glad I didn’t let you down my Friend… I haven’t got any faster at them, that’s certain… I thought I was rolling on this set, but when all was said and done, it was another five hour set… :)

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

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#10 posted 06-08-2013 01:58 AM

Nice box Mike, the Bubinga looks great…...another beautiful box.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#11 posted 06-08-2013 02:17 AM

Thanks Mike, That is clearer now. You don’t use a fence. That’s what confused me.

For your pics- I drape a black sheet over one of my tall chairs, put the box in the seat, and take pic. Having the box surrounded by the black cloth seems to make the colors come out more true. I’m not a photographer but this works with my el cheapo camera.

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

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#12 posted 06-08-2013 02:27 AM

Beautifully done, love the hinges.

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#13 posted 06-08-2013 02:53 AM

Great looking box Mike, I am currently working on a project with tha-ba-da-bing it’s almost finished.

As for as cutting lids and straightening up the tops of my boxes, I just simply ride the factory fence (without clamps) that came with the Grizz and have never had a problem, all cuts come out just as straight as a arrow, but now I do use a 3/16th 14 tpi with the carter stabilizer and making sure the blade gullets are in the center of the wheel to reduce any chance of travel.

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#14 posted 06-08-2013 04:15 AM

Nice Mike.
I like the slightly inset box joint, not an effect you see often. ........ It works.
And of course I’m a big fan of wooden hinges.

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

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#15 posted 06-08-2013 04:22 AM

Very nice Mike! That wood was worth the effort. Thanks for the blogs on this build, we all learn so much here. The mitered box joints are over the top ) So cool that you got to visit Patron!!! I lived in Santa Fe in high school and still have many pals there not to mention in 1982 took a little motorcycle ride from here in Seattle to Santa Fe. Built my first house, an adobe house! So to go to NM would be sure bet to visit Patron and see all my old pals too. Keep up the fine work, oh and the shop looks great!

-- $tudie

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