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Almost finished!! (pics)

Here is the pic of the almost completed project. It is partially unassembled as the clear topcoat is still drying as I took the picture. You are looking at the underside of the lid at the top of the picture. The removable tray is below that. The box is below that. Here is a run down of what I used. The wood for the lid, box, and molding were all Peruvian Walnut. The removable tray is pine covered with a walnut veneer. I used Watco Dark Walnut Danish Oil. The lining is a dark blue self-adhesive felt. I intended to use quad hinges, but the lid was slightly too narrow for the mortise so I went with mortised butt hinges. The "W" inlay was cut from maple stock and sanded flush.

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Almost finished!! (pics)

Here is the pic of the almost completed project. It is partially unassembled as the clear topcoat is still drying as I took the picture. You are looking at the underside of the lid at the top of the picture. The removable tray is below that. The box is below that. Here is a run down of what I used. The wood for the lid, box, and molding were all Peruvian Walnut. The removable tray is pine covered with a walnut veneer. I used Watco Dark Walnut Danish Oil. The lining is a dark blue self-adhesive felt. I intended to use quad hinges, but the lid was slightly too narrow for the mortise so I went with mortised butt hinges. The "W" inlay was cut from maple stock and sanded flush.

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Hey Jeff, when I click on the picture it takes me to photobucket's frontpage rather than a larger image. What I can see on the postage stamp I'm looking at looks pretty good. How did you go about doing the inlay?
 

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Almost finished!! (pics)

Here is the pic of the almost completed project. It is partially unassembled as the clear topcoat is still drying as I took the picture. You are looking at the underside of the lid at the top of the picture. The removable tray is below that. The box is below that. Here is a run down of what I used. The wood for the lid, box, and molding were all Peruvian Walnut. The removable tray is pine covered with a walnut veneer. I used Watco Dark Walnut Danish Oil. The lining is a dark blue self-adhesive felt. I intended to use quad hinges, but the lid was slightly too narrow for the mortise so I went with mortised butt hinges. The "W" inlay was cut from maple stock and sanded flush.

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I'm still working out the kinks in embedding pictures. I'll have to play around a bit more. The inlay was an adventure. It was my first shot at doing it. I have had a goal to try something new with each project and that was it for this one. I started by printing out the font I liked using Microsoft Word. I increased the font size to match the desired size. I pasted it that on the maple. I cut it close with a bandsaw and cut it to size with a scrollsaw. The inlay actually broke in three places. I was able to still use it thanks to glue! I traced the finished inlay piece on the lid with an Xacto knife. I routed out the hollow with a tiny straight bit. I routed out the tight spots with my Dremel tool. I have a plunge base for it. I also use the engraving attachment. I'm not sure what its called. It is the attachment with the long cord and pen like body. It is excellent for detailed applications. After that it was a matter of applying some glue and sanding it flush.
 

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Almost finished!! (pics)

Here is the pic of the almost completed project. It is partially unassembled as the clear topcoat is still drying as I took the picture. You are looking at the underside of the lid at the top of the picture. The removable tray is below that. The box is below that. Here is a run down of what I used. The wood for the lid, box, and molding were all Peruvian Walnut. The removable tray is pine covered with a walnut veneer. I used Watco Dark Walnut Danish Oil. The lining is a dark blue self-adhesive felt. I intended to use quad hinges, but the lid was slightly too narrow for the mortise so I went with mortised butt hinges. The "W" inlay was cut from maple stock and sanded flush.

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I'd like to see a close up, too.
 

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Almost finished!! (pics)

Here is the pic of the almost completed project. It is partially unassembled as the clear topcoat is still drying as I took the picture. You are looking at the underside of the lid at the top of the picture. The removable tray is below that. The box is below that. Here is a run down of what I used. The wood for the lid, box, and molding were all Peruvian Walnut. The removable tray is pine covered with a walnut veneer. I used Watco Dark Walnut Danish Oil. The lining is a dark blue self-adhesive felt. I intended to use quad hinges, but the lid was slightly too narrow for the mortise so I went with mortised butt hinges. The "W" inlay was cut from maple stock and sanded flush.

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I'll get better shots on Saturday when I most likely will finish it off and post it as a project. I took the picture with my phone as my digital camera had dead batteries and I'm too lazy to go upstairs and replace them!
 

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Almost finished!! (pics)

Here is the pic of the almost completed project. It is partially unassembled as the clear topcoat is still drying as I took the picture. You are looking at the underside of the lid at the top of the picture. The removable tray is below that. The box is below that. Here is a run down of what I used. The wood for the lid, box, and molding were all Peruvian Walnut. The removable tray is pine covered with a walnut veneer. I used Watco Dark Walnut Danish Oil. The lining is a dark blue self-adhesive felt. I intended to use quad hinges, but the lid was slightly too narrow for the mortise so I went with mortised butt hinges. The "W" inlay was cut from maple stock and sanded flush.

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that's quite the "W"-I was picturing a much more basic shape. I'm impressed!! Nice
 

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Almost finished!! (pics)

Here is the pic of the almost completed project. It is partially unassembled as the clear topcoat is still drying as I took the picture. You are looking at the underside of the lid at the top of the picture. The removable tray is below that. The box is below that. Here is a run down of what I used. The wood for the lid, box, and molding were all Peruvian Walnut. The removable tray is pine covered with a walnut veneer. I used Watco Dark Walnut Danish Oil. The lining is a dark blue self-adhesive felt. I intended to use quad hinges, but the lid was slightly too narrow for the mortise so I went with mortised butt hinges. The "W" inlay was cut from maple stock and sanded flush.

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Great, Waiting for additional pictures.
 

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Great Idea, Too late (hate when that happens)

When I began my Mom's Box, I knew that I was in the end going to make three total boxes that are similar. It would have been easier to do them all at once, but I am trying to use different methods of getting to the same end to see what works best for me. I'm still very green in a lot of areas of WWing, but am trying to expand my comfort. Anyways, I knew that I was going to be doing the same "W" inlay on all the pieces. I should have done one of two things. I would have done best to make a template as "W" is the initial of my and the people I primarily make things for's last name. I would definitely have used in many future projects. I had some pieces break as I cut the thin inlay. I could have solved that problem by cutting the inlay from thick stock and then resawing them into several thin pieces for all the boxes. Live and Learn.
 

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Great Idea, Too late (hate when that happens)

When I began my Mom's Box, I knew that I was in the end going to make three total boxes that are similar. It would have been easier to do them all at once, but I am trying to use different methods of getting to the same end to see what works best for me. I'm still very green in a lot of areas of WWing, but am trying to expand my comfort. Anyways, I knew that I was going to be doing the same "W" inlay on all the pieces. I should have done one of two things. I would have done best to make a template as "W" is the initial of my and the people I primarily make things for's last name. I would definitely have used in many future projects. I had some pieces break as I cut the thin inlay. I could have solved that problem by cutting the inlay from thick stock and then resawing them into several thin pieces for all the boxes. Live and Learn.
I'm seeing that templates can be a real life saver.
 
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