Hippy box

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Project by Tooch posted 12-13-2013 10:37 AM 2823 views 11 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the good & bad things of teaching wood is making “demo” projects. When you’re teaching a class you can’t really use a student’s project, so I end up with a ton of extra birdfeeders, coat racks, lamps, clocks, etc. This, however, was a new project I tried with my second level kids, and I enjoyed experimenting with different aspects of it.

This was my first miter box that I added feet to, first lid with integrated lift (borrowed idea from Greg the Cajun Box Sculptor) and I decided to have the dividers just rest in the cavity of the box so they could be changed around if desired. The tie-dyed bottom may not be what this box needs, but its just the amount of accent that this box deserves.

On a side (photographical) note. Although I normally adjust the White Balance, I couldn’t get the setting right for the first couple pictures. You can really notice the difference between the first 2 pictures, and I have another group of some cutting boards that have a much more noticeable difference. It’s just crazy what a little adjustment can do for (or against) you!

Anyone else have issues/problems/successes with white balance?

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 12-13-2013 10:44 AM

Wow very nice box, well made, nice miters and soft rounded corners…also like the tie die in the bottom of the box very cool…keep up the great work.

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

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#2 posted 12-13-2013 01:58 PM

Nice box and nice legs. For White Balance, if you are using an SLR there is probably a “Kelvin” setting under the White Balance menu that will allow you to dial in the exact temperature of the lights.

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#3 posted 12-13-2013 02:05 PM

Very well done. The lift handle and the dividers are a plus. Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 12-13-2013 02:10 PM

I really like this box. It’s a little different and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 12-13-2013 02:13 PM

Far out ,cool,totally heavy :)

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#6 posted 12-13-2013 02:47 PM

Very nice, really cool to add dyed bottom is great.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#7 posted 12-13-2013 03:20 PM

Very nicely done and most attractive. For me, the tie dye bottom takes a little getting used to (just a matter of age), but on reflection I would tend to agree with you on the accent enhancement. As far as white balance, I have recently found that I can adjust it in my photo application (I use Mac Aperture, but Photoshop also has this ability plus many, many more).

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

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#8 posted 12-13-2013 03:29 PM

I like the box a bunch. I like the round corners.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 12-13-2013 03:31 PM

Tooch, far out, man. I can dig it. Watch out for The Man. Power to the people, Brother. It blew my mind. Don’t trust The Establishment. Like, groovy work, Dude.

Good, useful project for kids. I would round the edges on the tops of the dividers after I had assembled the grid. Neat top design. Corner splines would strengthen the construction. Faux legs can be added with a router.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 12-13-2013 04:27 PM

Thanks for all the comments & suggestions guys.

Lanaug – my Nikon does have an adjustment, but it is a color based system and I still haven’t figured out which way to go. As of now its just a guess’n’check system… thank god for 16Gb cards!

a1jim & Boxguy – are you going to the “Sit-in” or “Be-In” tonight? maybe as woodworkers we should organize a Box-In? thanks for the link to the Faux feet, too.

HillbillyShooter – I normally use PhotoShop to take care of this problem too, but have grown tired of taking crappy pictures ;) so I’m just trying to cut that whole step out of the equation.

Thanks to everyone else for the encouragement, too!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#11 posted 12-13-2013 05:21 PM

Great demo project. I really like the way it turned out.

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

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#12 posted 12-13-2013 06:55 PM

This is really cool. Great job. Love the rounded corners. Another possible variation that you might want to try at some point, is flocking on the inside too. I really like the 60’s theme on the bottom. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#13 posted 12-13-2013 08:25 PM

Tooch, you know, man, like we gonna be wearing our glad rags and bells and just be “in” the be-in and we just be trippin’ and sailin’ and stuff because we just want to be mellow, man. Mellow, ya’ dig me? That’s what it’s all about, man. Later, man, gotta book. Peace! (hand waved in a V) Stay cool, man.

Sorry, Tooch, I just couldn’t resist the chance to lapse into Hippy-speak for a moment. I was overcome by a 60’s flashback. Phew, glad that is over.

-- Big Al in IN

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#14 posted 12-14-2013 12:46 AM

Great project and I bet they learned a lot

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#15 posted 12-14-2013 12:53 AM

Very nice box. Love the rounded corners.

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