On the edge of a knife

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Project by JeremyPringle posted 08-31-2013 02:38 AM 1938 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yesterday I finished 9 coffee grinder boxes. I make the boxes for a friend, I make the boxes, he buys and installs the hardware and then he sells them at shows. Initially I was making 10. But I have this habit of wreaking one of them in the process, and I usually deliver them to him in batches of 9. THIS time though…. I made myself templates to help me next time. Smart thinking? I SHOULD have done that 6 months and 50 grinder boxes ago.

With them out of the way I was able to finish something that has been bugging me, and that needed to get done, but there was always something getting in the way. Well… once I finally had time tonight, I was done in just over 30 min. 30 min? Yup, had I just gotten the will to do so, I could have finished this two weeks ago. I have no idea why I did not.

So, here is the end result. It is a walnut shadow box. The knife is mounted on a back board with the company logo inlayed in it. Thanks again Paul. It looks awesome. If it looks familiar… its because it is the same backboard that my wife’s evil cats tried to destroy on me. I think they hate me.

The finish on the box is 2 really thin coats of amber shellac to get the orange glow, then wax. The background is several coats of clear shellac.

I mounted it on my shop wall to take the pictures. I really like it. It was actually made for the same local shop that I made the display case for. I cant wait to get it hung up on the shop wall so I can take a few pictures of it in its new home.

But… with that out of the way I can get back to my string inlay box.... which I have made a decision for the top and have actually done quite a bit of double bevel marquetry for it. Once I get a few more steps further and more pictures I will post more on it.

Thanks for reading

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#1 posted 08-31-2013 02:48 AM

Very nicely done with beautiful wood and great dovetails.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#2 posted 08-31-2013 12:57 PM

30 minutes is very impressive. I think it would take me that long to cut just one of those dovetails…..

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#3 posted 08-31-2013 02:45 PM

How did you mount the knife? And what did you use for the front? Is it glass acrilic or something else?

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#4 posted 09-01-2013 12:01 AM

There is a block almost the same shape as the blade mounted inside the box, there are 4 rare earth magnets in the block and that is what is holding the knife. The front is glass.

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#5 posted 09-01-2013 12:09 AM

Nice box Jeremy.
Does it stay on your shop wall or is the Knifewear guy taking it?
(I thought I made this comment yesterday but I guess I forgot to click “post”.)

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

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#6 posted 09-01-2013 12:40 AM

I just mounted it to my wall to make sure it was stable enough, and to take the picture.

I am taking it to his shop tomorrow. He is a chef, and the knife inside the box was the knife responsible for him getting into the knife market.

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#7 posted 09-04-2013 02:23 PM

The wood looks great as well as the dovetails which make the box worth displaying. Great work!

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