A trial project

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Hi folks!

Sorry about the repost. My last post on this subject decided to reformat my description and wouldn’t let me change it so I deleted it. Let’s start again1

I haven’t been around much since the first of the year as much badness has been happening. It started with my furnace going out and is not repairable, then my family dog of 12 years died on the same day. I had to do $1000.00 in truck repairs. I was in the hospital for a week with a blocked colon. And at the end of March I buried my beloved father-in law. And I miss him terribly.
But I managed to squeak in a minor project. I built a box! Nothing fancy, just a plywood box. It’s about 8 and 1/2” by 8 and 1/2” by 4 and 1/2” tall. The purpose of this project was to finally use the Incra Ibox I purchased a while back. And from looking at the results, I recommend the Ibox if you are like me and don’t have the patience to make hand cut box joints. The dang thing works remarkably well.
Anyway, the box joints are just standard, evenly spaced, 1/4” fingers. Nothing fancy. (Used a stacked dado set)Had a bit of splintering due to using plywood but the wood was free leftover from another project of something I did. I wasn’t going for quality as much as just wanting to see if I could make something. Preferably square this time. (I find square to be a rather annoying caveat)
I decided the box looked rather plain after assembly. So I thought I would dress it up a bit. I had some oak strips laying about from another forgotten project so I stained it and mitered the corners. (I mitered the corners just so I could say I did.) They are just glued around the box so the lid and bottom would fit flush. The lid and bottom are also 1/2” plywood. I have no idea where I acquired the silver top pull. But it looks ok.
The finish is just 4 coats of rattle can lacquer sanded between coats and I put some sticky-back felt inside on the bottom. (not shown)
So there you have it. A silly little plywood project. But it was a skill builder and I had some fun in my darkness. I gave it to my daughter. I love her very much.


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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 04-08-2014 02:30 AM

I fully understand the concept of trying times. Just keep getting up and moving forward.

It’s more than a box. It was a step back into a more stable world where there is peace. Keep up the good work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 04-08-2014 12:23 PM

I have found that a little wood working CAN get you through some rough times. Hang in there. Beautiful little box. I bet your Daughter loved it, and that means the world.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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