From log to box in less than a month #2: Making Progress

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Blog entry by sras posted 04-30-2013 02:37 PM 1873 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The kickoff Part 2 of From log to box in less than a month series Part 3: Shaping & Lower interior »

I worked late enough last night I didn’t get to updating the blog until this morning.

There were a couple pictures still on the camera for the prior day’s work. I got the template done and located it on the lid.

After a few passes with the router, I had a recess. The lid is only 5/16 thick to start with and the recess is 3/16 deep.

I trimmed the ironwood to size and rounded the corners. Then I applied glue and clamped them up for the night.

The last thing I did was rip up some strips of pear for dividers (yeah, I decided to upgrade to a jewelry box).

When I got home from work yesterday, the first thing I did was trim the tops with a 2 1/2 degree bevel to enable a slightly domed lid.

Then sand down through the burn marks.

And sand until the surface is clean.

I then turned my attention to the divider strips. I sanded them to a uniform thickness using my disc sander . I then cut them to a final width.

The last step for the evening was to cut another piece of ironwood for a detail inside the box (more on that later).

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 04-30-2013 02:53 PM

Can’t wait to see hoe the finish makes the grain/colors pop on these woods!

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

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#2 posted 04-30-2013 02:54 PM

Same here Lew! I have been tempted to wet it down for a preview, but I am staying focused on getting it done in time.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 04-30-2013 03:17 PM

Looks very good so far Steve. Everything looks to fit nicely with very close tolerances worthy of the engineer that you are.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 04-30-2013 03:32 PM

Super nice job. That lid is wonderful. Really want to see the finished project.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 04-30-2013 03:50 PM

Looking good, I have a couple of those on my to do list too.

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#6 posted 04-30-2013 03:55 PM

I’m really enjoying this Steve!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#7 posted 04-30-2013 04:48 PM

Blow by blow.
I love watching other people work.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 05-01-2013 01:25 AM

Thanks everyone! I’m having fun too! Tonight should add to the fun, but I have some other work to do as well – we’ll see how it goes …

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 05-01-2013 05:06 AM

This is going to beautiful … hurry up and get some finish on it … what are you going to use!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#10 posted 05-01-2013 01:09 PM

I think I am going to have to run a few tests. From what I can tell, ironwood is so dense that not all finishes will work. A way for me to know is to polish up a piece and try some different finishes.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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