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Boy and Girls,

Not too many sleeps since I invaded your sanity with my last post.

You may have noticed I have taken a shining to posting puzzle projects…
  1. 日 本 の パ ズ ル (Japanese Puzzle).
  2. The Square Brick.

then again you may not have… unfortunately there's no third option so you must choose between the two… now don't lie to yourself!

This project presents my take on the UnaBox which I made a few years ago when I was a SketchUp duckling in my late 60's.

The reason I'm belatedly presenting this project is because a friend asked me about shellacing and as the UnaBox was used in a shellacing demonstration video by a very clever master ctraftsman woodworker whom I proudly call a friend, I decided to link that video to this project and hopefully provide some useful information for some.
Now in defense of the presenter (to provide anonymity, let's call him Carl... only because that's what his mother named him), while we have debated the French polishing topic often in the past, this was an ad-hoc, unrehearsed undertaking through my continued persistence, cause he owed me a favor and I demanded my kilo of flesh. We ferreted around for about 10 minutes in preparation to amass some of the items required, clear his dining table (much to the chagrin of his missus) and set up the camera… and of course poured me a generous glass of vino. The video goes on for about 1 ½ hours, however, it is about how shellacing is done traditionally and not the modern day twist presented by those shoot from the hip cowboys that may have sniffed a tad too much metho. If you want the craftsman version, please check out this video, otherwise if you just want to brush it on, simply search the Internet. We did pledge to make a rehearsed formal video, however, time has been our major critic… and I feel (contrary to the presenter), this "rough cut", iuneditteds video is better than not knowing about it rather than some of the "misadvice" found on the net.

Back to the UnaBox. I downloaded the plans off the internet, imported into SketchUp, and then totally disregarded the SU model and went off and did my own thing… Shit, somehow it actually worked and it now has a nice coating of shellac… thanks to Carl.

The box was made out of merbau and flocked (with an "l") on the inside. That beauty spot on the lid is where I dropped it, dented it and patched it and called it a contrasting feature as I was too bloody lazy to fake another dovetail by making a new lid..

I wanted to make the box puzzle self-destructive without any external tools. You could use a coin to remove the threaded plug, however, all my friends are cheap and when they borrowed my 10c piece to undo the plug they never return it… the 10c not the plug… just think… if 1,000,000 people undid the box, I'd be $100,000 poorer.
Consequently there is a dummy plug with a cam that can be rocked out of place revealing an underlying washer,




The washer is used to remove the threaded plug.


the threaded plug and the hole both have repelling magnets forcing some upward pressure on the plug to remove the need to exert strong closing force.

The top lid can be swung around out of the way,


To permit pushing the lid back out of the captivating notch,


Then the whole lid can be swung around exposing the flocked cavity


waiting for that elusive 10c piece to be placed inside, that never eventuates…

Anyone crazy enough to undertake this project can get the plans and vague measurements from here, otherwise don't waste more time and do yourself a favor and get educated by this video (in case you ignored the previous link)...,
just don't forget the popcorn


and a potty


if you don't have a pause button on your video player.

I think I have puzzled myself out by this latest instalment, so you may rest easy knowing that there is no planned masochism on you, the unwary public.

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I like that puzzle lid. Clever - but then Duck has always been cleaver…..errr… clever

Nice box joints and contrasting wood selection. The whole box looks great.
 

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Very nice box!

I am very happy that I am not alone on the outside edges here! EDGES ==(of what some call "normal" at least!)
 

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Nice one LBD isn't Merbau a flash name for Kwila so that it could still be imported to Aussie and other countries?
 

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... isn't Merbau a flash name for Kwila…
- Pjonesy
I thought it was Merbu in California… or is it Malibu
 

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Nice to look at, but puzzle figure outing makes my brain hurt.
 

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Very clever! nice job :)
 

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Very interesting box and story. Well Done
 

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..... should join MaFe s Grease Box Owners Club.....
- Dave Polaschek
Thanks for the sentiment D'J', however, I'll avoid all that sticky stuff on my flocked up box.
Very interesting box and story. Well Done
- bushmaster

bushie
, though I may not have made it overly obvious, the main intention behind the post was to introduce interested parties in the traditional French polishing process.
 

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I have seen quite an increase in interests of craftsmen with puzzle storage boxes. I personally find it tiring to build one but the end results never fail to impress me always.
 

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Boys and Girls, did anyone actually watch the shellacking video by Carl, mentioned in the article.

I'd be interested in any feedback.
 

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Is that hosted on pcloud? Won't play on my iPad.
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Yes it is DP.

Because it was unrehearsed and impromptu, it does "waffle" on at times, however, if you are into traditional French Polishing it has a wealth of information and better than a lot of cowboy presentations.
I have tried it myself (making the rubber and loading it rather than dipping/soaking it) and it was easier than my first interpretation.
Unfortunately I don't make enough items to warrant the beauty of French Polishing… wipe on poly and brush on shellac is my first go to option.
I have uploaded it to DropBox. If it strikes your fancy, download as I may delete it sometime in the future to make space.
 

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I'll probably not download, but the initial forming a pad bit is certainly useful.

Personally, I pad on shellac quite often. I don't French polish, but I'll pad on a few quick layers of shellac on top of a coat of oil and find that it's a good enough finish for most of my work. At some point I'll have something that needs a finer finish and I'll do more rubbing, but as you say, many items don't warrant the effort.
 
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