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Tree of Life Tiger Maple and Walnut Scroll Box

And now for something completely different -

I have turned a few vessels and decided to try something a little different. I bought a Dewalt Scroll Saw awhile back but have not made heavy use of it. I bought a book by Diane Thompson on Scroll Saw Box making about a year ago. There was a design in there entitled The Tree of Life and thought I would give it a go. I had some 1/4 inch Walnut and some thicker (approx 1 1/2") Tiger Maple that I purchased from Raven's Farm that I decided I would use for the project. I planed the pieces and proceeded to the task at hand.

Box making with the scroll saw is similar to using a bandsaw, except you will end up with more scrap wood. You drill a hole for the interior, cut the box shape on the inside, then cut another oval for the exterior and you have the box side. When I was finished, the piece did not look very oval, it looked a little jagged. I hooked up a sanding drum on my little benchtop Central Machinery drill press and worked it so it had more of the proper roundness. I knew that the thick maple would be pushing the limits of the saw, and the largest blades I had handy was a number 5. I would have had greater success with a 7. To compensate for burning, I only cut to about 1/8th from the line so I could sand any burn marks off on the drill press. The oval then was glued on a walnut board and both pieces were cut out with the scroll saw as one piece. This is the box sides and bottom currently -



It gives a nice effect as one cannot see any lines marking the beginning or the end of the oval.

I drilled the various holes for the fretwork on the Walnut top. I can honestly say that I have developed quite a respect for the patience and diligence of those that do extensive fretwork. I can get a little impatient with a project but found that if I just put on some music and go with the flow that the experience can be quite soothing, rather than frustrating. Working the thick pieces first also made scrolling with the 1/4" stuff seem quite breezy. After about an hour, the design came to life -



I have a little more cleanup to do on the fretwork (fortunately random purchases in the past provided me with riflers, some mini files, and some small dremel bits for cleanup in the hard to reach places) and some finish rounding on the drill press. The top is oversized, I have another glue up for a piece that will provide a tenon for holding the lid in the box and the top will be properly sized. I will do some rounding of the lid with the router. Currently, this is the overall contrasting color look and should make a decent jewelry box when completed. -



Keep making sawdust all,

David
 

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Tree of Life Tiger Maple and Walnut Scroll Box

And now for something completely different -

I have turned a few vessels and decided to try something a little different. I bought a Dewalt Scroll Saw awhile back but have not made heavy use of it. I bought a book by Diane Thompson on Scroll Saw Box making about a year ago. There was a design in there entitled The Tree of Life and thought I would give it a go. I had some 1/4 inch Walnut and some thicker (approx 1 1/2") Tiger Maple that I purchased from Raven's Farm that I decided I would use for the project. I planed the pieces and proceeded to the task at hand.

Box making with the scroll saw is similar to using a bandsaw, except you will end up with more scrap wood. You drill a hole for the interior, cut the box shape on the inside, then cut another oval for the exterior and you have the box side. When I was finished, the piece did not look very oval, it looked a little jagged. I hooked up a sanding drum on my little benchtop Central Machinery drill press and worked it so it had more of the proper roundness. I knew that the thick maple would be pushing the limits of the saw, and the largest blades I had handy was a number 5. I would have had greater success with a 7. To compensate for burning, I only cut to about 1/8th from the line so I could sand any burn marks off on the drill press. The oval then was glued on a walnut board and both pieces were cut out with the scroll saw as one piece. This is the box sides and bottom currently -



It gives a nice effect as one cannot see any lines marking the beginning or the end of the oval.

I drilled the various holes for the fretwork on the Walnut top. I can honestly say that I have developed quite a respect for the patience and diligence of those that do extensive fretwork. I can get a little impatient with a project but found that if I just put on some music and go with the flow that the experience can be quite soothing, rather than frustrating. Working the thick pieces first also made scrolling with the 1/4" stuff seem quite breezy. After about an hour, the design came to life -



I have a little more cleanup to do on the fretwork (fortunately random purchases in the past provided me with riflers, some mini files, and some small dremel bits for cleanup in the hard to reach places) and some finish rounding on the drill press. The top is oversized, I have another glue up for a piece that will provide a tenon for holding the lid in the box and the top will be properly sized. I will do some rounding of the lid with the router. Currently, this is the overall contrasting color look and should make a decent jewelry box when completed. -



Keep making sawdust all,

David
Looking good David, great feeling to try something different and it works out. nIce work.
 

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Tree of Life Tiger Maple and Walnut Scroll Box

And now for something completely different -

I have turned a few vessels and decided to try something a little different. I bought a Dewalt Scroll Saw awhile back but have not made heavy use of it. I bought a book by Diane Thompson on Scroll Saw Box making about a year ago. There was a design in there entitled The Tree of Life and thought I would give it a go. I had some 1/4 inch Walnut and some thicker (approx 1 1/2") Tiger Maple that I purchased from Raven's Farm that I decided I would use for the project. I planed the pieces and proceeded to the task at hand.

Box making with the scroll saw is similar to using a bandsaw, except you will end up with more scrap wood. You drill a hole for the interior, cut the box shape on the inside, then cut another oval for the exterior and you have the box side. When I was finished, the piece did not look very oval, it looked a little jagged. I hooked up a sanding drum on my little benchtop Central Machinery drill press and worked it so it had more of the proper roundness. I knew that the thick maple would be pushing the limits of the saw, and the largest blades I had handy was a number 5. I would have had greater success with a 7. To compensate for burning, I only cut to about 1/8th from the line so I could sand any burn marks off on the drill press. The oval then was glued on a walnut board and both pieces were cut out with the scroll saw as one piece. This is the box sides and bottom currently -



It gives a nice effect as one cannot see any lines marking the beginning or the end of the oval.

I drilled the various holes for the fretwork on the Walnut top. I can honestly say that I have developed quite a respect for the patience and diligence of those that do extensive fretwork. I can get a little impatient with a project but found that if I just put on some music and go with the flow that the experience can be quite soothing, rather than frustrating. Working the thick pieces first also made scrolling with the 1/4" stuff seem quite breezy. After about an hour, the design came to life -



I have a little more cleanup to do on the fretwork (fortunately random purchases in the past provided me with riflers, some mini files, and some small dremel bits for cleanup in the hard to reach places) and some finish rounding on the drill press. The top is oversized, I have another glue up for a piece that will provide a tenon for holding the lid in the box and the top will be properly sized. I will do some rounding of the lid with the router. Currently, this is the overall contrasting color look and should make a decent jewelry box when completed. -



Keep making sawdust all,

David
ditto i like it
 

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Tree of Life Tiger Maple and Walnut Scroll Box

And now for something completely different -

I have turned a few vessels and decided to try something a little different. I bought a Dewalt Scroll Saw awhile back but have not made heavy use of it. I bought a book by Diane Thompson on Scroll Saw Box making about a year ago. There was a design in there entitled The Tree of Life and thought I would give it a go. I had some 1/4 inch Walnut and some thicker (approx 1 1/2") Tiger Maple that I purchased from Raven's Farm that I decided I would use for the project. I planed the pieces and proceeded to the task at hand.

Box making with the scroll saw is similar to using a bandsaw, except you will end up with more scrap wood. You drill a hole for the interior, cut the box shape on the inside, then cut another oval for the exterior and you have the box side. When I was finished, the piece did not look very oval, it looked a little jagged. I hooked up a sanding drum on my little benchtop Central Machinery drill press and worked it so it had more of the proper roundness. I knew that the thick maple would be pushing the limits of the saw, and the largest blades I had handy was a number 5. I would have had greater success with a 7. To compensate for burning, I only cut to about 1/8th from the line so I could sand any burn marks off on the drill press. The oval then was glued on a walnut board and both pieces were cut out with the scroll saw as one piece. This is the box sides and bottom currently -



It gives a nice effect as one cannot see any lines marking the beginning or the end of the oval.

I drilled the various holes for the fretwork on the Walnut top. I can honestly say that I have developed quite a respect for the patience and diligence of those that do extensive fretwork. I can get a little impatient with a project but found that if I just put on some music and go with the flow that the experience can be quite soothing, rather than frustrating. Working the thick pieces first also made scrolling with the 1/4" stuff seem quite breezy. After about an hour, the design came to life -



I have a little more cleanup to do on the fretwork (fortunately random purchases in the past provided me with riflers, some mini files, and some small dremel bits for cleanup in the hard to reach places) and some finish rounding on the drill press. The top is oversized, I have another glue up for a piece that will provide a tenon for holding the lid in the box and the top will be properly sized. I will do some rounding of the lid with the router. Currently, this is the overall contrasting color look and should make a decent jewelry box when completed. -



Keep making sawdust all,

David
Nice combination piece David, you are maturing in the art form…............

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Tree of Life Tiger Maple and Walnut Scroll Box

And now for something completely different -

I have turned a few vessels and decided to try something a little different. I bought a Dewalt Scroll Saw awhile back but have not made heavy use of it. I bought a book by Diane Thompson on Scroll Saw Box making about a year ago. There was a design in there entitled The Tree of Life and thought I would give it a go. I had some 1/4 inch Walnut and some thicker (approx 1 1/2") Tiger Maple that I purchased from Raven's Farm that I decided I would use for the project. I planed the pieces and proceeded to the task at hand.

Box making with the scroll saw is similar to using a bandsaw, except you will end up with more scrap wood. You drill a hole for the interior, cut the box shape on the inside, then cut another oval for the exterior and you have the box side. When I was finished, the piece did not look very oval, it looked a little jagged. I hooked up a sanding drum on my little benchtop Central Machinery drill press and worked it so it had more of the proper roundness. I knew that the thick maple would be pushing the limits of the saw, and the largest blades I had handy was a number 5. I would have had greater success with a 7. To compensate for burning, I only cut to about 1/8th from the line so I could sand any burn marks off on the drill press. The oval then was glued on a walnut board and both pieces were cut out with the scroll saw as one piece. This is the box sides and bottom currently -



It gives a nice effect as one cannot see any lines marking the beginning or the end of the oval.

I drilled the various holes for the fretwork on the Walnut top. I can honestly say that I have developed quite a respect for the patience and diligence of those that do extensive fretwork. I can get a little impatient with a project but found that if I just put on some music and go with the flow that the experience can be quite soothing, rather than frustrating. Working the thick pieces first also made scrolling with the 1/4" stuff seem quite breezy. After about an hour, the design came to life -



I have a little more cleanup to do on the fretwork (fortunately random purchases in the past provided me with riflers, some mini files, and some small dremel bits for cleanup in the hard to reach places) and some finish rounding on the drill press. The top is oversized, I have another glue up for a piece that will provide a tenon for holding the lid in the box and the top will be properly sized. I will do some rounding of the lid with the router. Currently, this is the overall contrasting color look and should make a decent jewelry box when completed. -



Keep making sawdust all,

David
Thanks for the comments gentlemen. I have been feeling my confidence grow with the turning and felt compelled to see what else might appeal to me. It is a good feeling to expand and not be left with the tail between the legs as a result of it :) I learned a great deal just reading everyone's posts and finding out how they work around issues. As always, I appreciate the support.

David
 

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Tree of Life Tiger Maple and Walnut Scroll Box

And now for something completely different -

I have turned a few vessels and decided to try something a little different. I bought a Dewalt Scroll Saw awhile back but have not made heavy use of it. I bought a book by Diane Thompson on Scroll Saw Box making about a year ago. There was a design in there entitled The Tree of Life and thought I would give it a go. I had some 1/4 inch Walnut and some thicker (approx 1 1/2") Tiger Maple that I purchased from Raven's Farm that I decided I would use for the project. I planed the pieces and proceeded to the task at hand.

Box making with the scroll saw is similar to using a bandsaw, except you will end up with more scrap wood. You drill a hole for the interior, cut the box shape on the inside, then cut another oval for the exterior and you have the box side. When I was finished, the piece did not look very oval, it looked a little jagged. I hooked up a sanding drum on my little benchtop Central Machinery drill press and worked it so it had more of the proper roundness. I knew that the thick maple would be pushing the limits of the saw, and the largest blades I had handy was a number 5. I would have had greater success with a 7. To compensate for burning, I only cut to about 1/8th from the line so I could sand any burn marks off on the drill press. The oval then was glued on a walnut board and both pieces were cut out with the scroll saw as one piece. This is the box sides and bottom currently -



It gives a nice effect as one cannot see any lines marking the beginning or the end of the oval.

I drilled the various holes for the fretwork on the Walnut top. I can honestly say that I have developed quite a respect for the patience and diligence of those that do extensive fretwork. I can get a little impatient with a project but found that if I just put on some music and go with the flow that the experience can be quite soothing, rather than frustrating. Working the thick pieces first also made scrolling with the 1/4" stuff seem quite breezy. After about an hour, the design came to life -



I have a little more cleanup to do on the fretwork (fortunately random purchases in the past provided me with riflers, some mini files, and some small dremel bits for cleanup in the hard to reach places) and some finish rounding on the drill press. The top is oversized, I have another glue up for a piece that will provide a tenon for holding the lid in the box and the top will be properly sized. I will do some rounding of the lid with the router. Currently, this is the overall contrasting color look and should make a decent jewelry box when completed. -



Keep making sawdust all,

David
great first go at scrolling. Love the two tone look.
But can I ask what sort and size blade are you using. As when doing small areas in thinish stock it is far better to use a finer blade and a lower speed (if your scrollsaw has variable speed) to get a more of a precise cut.
Most of, actually all of my cutting I dont sand the cuts (gosh if I did I dont think I would ever do it as there would be way to many holes). Another way when a picture or hole allows it, when you do make a mistake just sort of sand the area with the blade a bit so you then cant see where you went wrong therefore not having to worry about sanding it later.
And remember scrollsaws are very hard to cut a 'straight line' they are made to cut curves.
With practice as with alot of things it gets easier! :)
 

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Tree of Life Tiger Maple and Walnut Scroll Box

And now for something completely different -

I have turned a few vessels and decided to try something a little different. I bought a Dewalt Scroll Saw awhile back but have not made heavy use of it. I bought a book by Diane Thompson on Scroll Saw Box making about a year ago. There was a design in there entitled The Tree of Life and thought I would give it a go. I had some 1/4 inch Walnut and some thicker (approx 1 1/2") Tiger Maple that I purchased from Raven's Farm that I decided I would use for the project. I planed the pieces and proceeded to the task at hand.

Box making with the scroll saw is similar to using a bandsaw, except you will end up with more scrap wood. You drill a hole for the interior, cut the box shape on the inside, then cut another oval for the exterior and you have the box side. When I was finished, the piece did not look very oval, it looked a little jagged. I hooked up a sanding drum on my little benchtop Central Machinery drill press and worked it so it had more of the proper roundness. I knew that the thick maple would be pushing the limits of the saw, and the largest blades I had handy was a number 5. I would have had greater success with a 7. To compensate for burning, I only cut to about 1/8th from the line so I could sand any burn marks off on the drill press. The oval then was glued on a walnut board and both pieces were cut out with the scroll saw as one piece. This is the box sides and bottom currently -



It gives a nice effect as one cannot see any lines marking the beginning or the end of the oval.

I drilled the various holes for the fretwork on the Walnut top. I can honestly say that I have developed quite a respect for the patience and diligence of those that do extensive fretwork. I can get a little impatient with a project but found that if I just put on some music and go with the flow that the experience can be quite soothing, rather than frustrating. Working the thick pieces first also made scrolling with the 1/4" stuff seem quite breezy. After about an hour, the design came to life -



I have a little more cleanup to do on the fretwork (fortunately random purchases in the past provided me with riflers, some mini files, and some small dremel bits for cleanup in the hard to reach places) and some finish rounding on the drill press. The top is oversized, I have another glue up for a piece that will provide a tenon for holding the lid in the box and the top will be properly sized. I will do some rounding of the lid with the router. Currently, this is the overall contrasting color look and should make a decent jewelry box when completed. -



Keep making sawdust all,

David
Thanks for the wisdom and suggestions Theresa. The cuts in the thicker material was with an Olsen no. 5 14TPI reverse blade. Not the best choice for thick hardwood or interior circle cuts. The reverse is great for the exterior, as the finish cut is so smooth it is glossy, but it comes at a price to the interior. Unfortunately, it was the thickest I had on hand, where a no. 7 or 9 with a lower tpi would have been better for the maple slab. The fret cuts were with a spiral 41 tpi, I am guessing no. 2 blade. Ryobi, unfortunately, does not always list the universal blade sizes on their packages. I have been picking up Olsen blades to replace the Ryobi. I have the Dewalt DW788 which does have variable speed.

Thanks again for the comments,

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Tree of Life Tiger Maple and Walnut Scroll Box

And now for something completely different -

I have turned a few vessels and decided to try something a little different. I bought a Dewalt Scroll Saw awhile back but have not made heavy use of it. I bought a book by Diane Thompson on Scroll Saw Box making about a year ago. There was a design in there entitled The Tree of Life and thought I would give it a go. I had some 1/4 inch Walnut and some thicker (approx 1 1/2") Tiger Maple that I purchased from Raven's Farm that I decided I would use for the project. I planed the pieces and proceeded to the task at hand.

Box making with the scroll saw is similar to using a bandsaw, except you will end up with more scrap wood. You drill a hole for the interior, cut the box shape on the inside, then cut another oval for the exterior and you have the box side. When I was finished, the piece did not look very oval, it looked a little jagged. I hooked up a sanding drum on my little benchtop Central Machinery drill press and worked it so it had more of the proper roundness. I knew that the thick maple would be pushing the limits of the saw, and the largest blades I had handy was a number 5. I would have had greater success with a 7. To compensate for burning, I only cut to about 1/8th from the line so I could sand any burn marks off on the drill press. The oval then was glued on a walnut board and both pieces were cut out with the scroll saw as one piece. This is the box sides and bottom currently -



It gives a nice effect as one cannot see any lines marking the beginning or the end of the oval.

I drilled the various holes for the fretwork on the Walnut top. I can honestly say that I have developed quite a respect for the patience and diligence of those that do extensive fretwork. I can get a little impatient with a project but found that if I just put on some music and go with the flow that the experience can be quite soothing, rather than frustrating. Working the thick pieces first also made scrolling with the 1/4" stuff seem quite breezy. After about an hour, the design came to life -



I have a little more cleanup to do on the fretwork (fortunately random purchases in the past provided me with riflers, some mini files, and some small dremel bits for cleanup in the hard to reach places) and some finish rounding on the drill press. The top is oversized, I have another glue up for a piece that will provide a tenon for holding the lid in the box and the top will be properly sized. I will do some rounding of the lid with the router. Currently, this is the overall contrasting color look and should make a decent jewelry box when completed. -



Keep making sawdust all,

David
Cant really see how thick those lines are on the trunk of the tree are but instead of a spiral as they tend to be a bit wayward for my liking (probably no hand control on my behalf!! ) and especially if you have only just begun Maybe try just a flat blade if you can get them in. I agree Olsen have a far greater choice and it is only experience in what to use. I still refere to the packet when doing something a bit different as I have a tendancy to just use the Olsen Mach speed ones as they cut quick but do change if i am doing thinner stock.
Good luck and keep on scrollin!
 

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Tree of Life Tiger Maple and Walnut Scroll Box

And now for something completely different -

I have turned a few vessels and decided to try something a little different. I bought a Dewalt Scroll Saw awhile back but have not made heavy use of it. I bought a book by Diane Thompson on Scroll Saw Box making about a year ago. There was a design in there entitled The Tree of Life and thought I would give it a go. I had some 1/4 inch Walnut and some thicker (approx 1 1/2") Tiger Maple that I purchased from Raven's Farm that I decided I would use for the project. I planed the pieces and proceeded to the task at hand.

Box making with the scroll saw is similar to using a bandsaw, except you will end up with more scrap wood. You drill a hole for the interior, cut the box shape on the inside, then cut another oval for the exterior and you have the box side. When I was finished, the piece did not look very oval, it looked a little jagged. I hooked up a sanding drum on my little benchtop Central Machinery drill press and worked it so it had more of the proper roundness. I knew that the thick maple would be pushing the limits of the saw, and the largest blades I had handy was a number 5. I would have had greater success with a 7. To compensate for burning, I only cut to about 1/8th from the line so I could sand any burn marks off on the drill press. The oval then was glued on a walnut board and both pieces were cut out with the scroll saw as one piece. This is the box sides and bottom currently -



It gives a nice effect as one cannot see any lines marking the beginning or the end of the oval.

I drilled the various holes for the fretwork on the Walnut top. I can honestly say that I have developed quite a respect for the patience and diligence of those that do extensive fretwork. I can get a little impatient with a project but found that if I just put on some music and go with the flow that the experience can be quite soothing, rather than frustrating. Working the thick pieces first also made scrolling with the 1/4" stuff seem quite breezy. After about an hour, the design came to life -



I have a little more cleanup to do on the fretwork (fortunately random purchases in the past provided me with riflers, some mini files, and some small dremel bits for cleanup in the hard to reach places) and some finish rounding on the drill press. The top is oversized, I have another glue up for a piece that will provide a tenon for holding the lid in the box and the top will be properly sized. I will do some rounding of the lid with the router. Currently, this is the overall contrasting color look and should make a decent jewelry box when completed. -



Keep making sawdust all,

David
Looks very cool David. Like the wood choices.
 

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Tree of Life Tiger Maple and Walnut Scroll Box Part Two

"If you are not willing to be bad at something, you will never be good at anything" - Me

That is what I tell my sons when they express outrage at the lack of instant gratification when setting down to try and learn the guitar or try something in sports. Life isn't a video game and it takes a little time to develop any skill. Something I need to remind myself from time to time.

This project hit a couple snags. I completed the top portion of the top -



But I needed to create a rim for it. The rim is cut and glued to the top to fit over the box bottom. Problem is that I got so obsessed with sanding and making the oval properly rounded that it shrunk. It was still larger than the bottom, but too small for the ring pattern. In the past, my method would normally be to panic, decide that immediate corrective action would be required, then do something really really stupid.

Fortunately I must have hit the proverbial brick wall a few times and knocked some sense in my brain along the way. I decided to think instead of panic. The answer to the dilemma is probably obvious to most of you, please let me enjoy my little lightning flash even though it is more like a mini flashlight bulb. :)

Since I didn't have a pattern, I decided to use the box top and the bottom as the template. I took a piece of walnut and traced a line around the top -



Cut out the piece, then centered the base on that piece and traced a line around the base -



I didn't do both lines at once because I didn't want my eyes and hands to instinctively start sawing between the lines. After cutting the second line, I glued the rim, worked the edges some with a dremel and I now had an acceptable rim to slide around the base -



Keyword is "acceptable" not "great" not "awesome". I was willing to cut myself some slack since I was doing this freehand and circular shapes without a guide are rather difficult.

So we now have a box top and a base -



I didn't like the flat edges on the box and I wanted it to look a little more rustic. I knew the box was flawed and I didn't want straight lines causing more notice of them. I ran the box top through the router and gave it a rounded edge. While the top is far from perfect, I really liked the look with the roundover added -



And as imperfect as the box is, I kind of like it. Kind of like an annoying older brother who has his flaws but you still like drinking with him on occasion because he is fun.



I finished it with clear coats of Shellac and called it finished. It won't be my best project, nor should it. Instead of giving up or freaking out, I worked through the problem and that made me a happy camper this evening.

Thanks for reading and keep making sawdust,

David
 

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Tree of Life Tiger Maple and Walnut Scroll Box Part Two

"If you are not willing to be bad at something, you will never be good at anything" - Me

That is what I tell my sons when they express outrage at the lack of instant gratification when setting down to try and learn the guitar or try something in sports. Life isn't a video game and it takes a little time to develop any skill. Something I need to remind myself from time to time.

This project hit a couple snags. I completed the top portion of the top -



But I needed to create a rim for it. The rim is cut and glued to the top to fit over the box bottom. Problem is that I got so obsessed with sanding and making the oval properly rounded that it shrunk. It was still larger than the bottom, but too small for the ring pattern. In the past, my method would normally be to panic, decide that immediate corrective action would be required, then do something really really stupid.

Fortunately I must have hit the proverbial brick wall a few times and knocked some sense in my brain along the way. I decided to think instead of panic. The answer to the dilemma is probably obvious to most of you, please let me enjoy my little lightning flash even though it is more like a mini flashlight bulb. :)

Since I didn't have a pattern, I decided to use the box top and the bottom as the template. I took a piece of walnut and traced a line around the top -



Cut out the piece, then centered the base on that piece and traced a line around the base -



I didn't do both lines at once because I didn't want my eyes and hands to instinctively start sawing between the lines. After cutting the second line, I glued the rim, worked the edges some with a dremel and I now had an acceptable rim to slide around the base -



Keyword is "acceptable" not "great" not "awesome". I was willing to cut myself some slack since I was doing this freehand and circular shapes without a guide are rather difficult.

So we now have a box top and a base -



I didn't like the flat edges on the box and I wanted it to look a little more rustic. I knew the box was flawed and I didn't want straight lines causing more notice of them. I ran the box top through the router and gave it a rounded edge. While the top is far from perfect, I really liked the look with the roundover added -



And as imperfect as the box is, I kind of like it. Kind of like an annoying older brother who has his flaws but you still like drinking with him on occasion because he is fun.



I finished it with clear coats of Shellac and called it finished. It won't be my best project, nor should it. Instead of giving up or freaking out, I worked through the problem and that made me a happy camper this evening.

Thanks for reading and keep making sawdust,

David
Sweet. Like it. Curves are one of those…...seductive things in life.

Out to dinner….....this darn little town of 800 has a 5 star, or very close, restaurant. Have eaten there many times before. And the town has great places for lunch, or beer and pizza. Think thats one of the reasons we enjoy this place.

Understand about the brother, I have one that basically meets the description.

Now, home tomorrow, hope to get some things done in the shop on Sunday…...........

Miss the sawdust….......

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Tree of Life Tiger Maple and Walnut Scroll Box Part Two

"If you are not willing to be bad at something, you will never be good at anything" - Me

That is what I tell my sons when they express outrage at the lack of instant gratification when setting down to try and learn the guitar or try something in sports. Life isn't a video game and it takes a little time to develop any skill. Something I need to remind myself from time to time.

This project hit a couple snags. I completed the top portion of the top -



But I needed to create a rim for it. The rim is cut and glued to the top to fit over the box bottom. Problem is that I got so obsessed with sanding and making the oval properly rounded that it shrunk. It was still larger than the bottom, but too small for the ring pattern. In the past, my method would normally be to panic, decide that immediate corrective action would be required, then do something really really stupid.

Fortunately I must have hit the proverbial brick wall a few times and knocked some sense in my brain along the way. I decided to think instead of panic. The answer to the dilemma is probably obvious to most of you, please let me enjoy my little lightning flash even though it is more like a mini flashlight bulb. :)

Since I didn't have a pattern, I decided to use the box top and the bottom as the template. I took a piece of walnut and traced a line around the top -



Cut out the piece, then centered the base on that piece and traced a line around the base -



I didn't do both lines at once because I didn't want my eyes and hands to instinctively start sawing between the lines. After cutting the second line, I glued the rim, worked the edges some with a dremel and I now had an acceptable rim to slide around the base -



Keyword is "acceptable" not "great" not "awesome". I was willing to cut myself some slack since I was doing this freehand and circular shapes without a guide are rather difficult.

So we now have a box top and a base -



I didn't like the flat edges on the box and I wanted it to look a little more rustic. I knew the box was flawed and I didn't want straight lines causing more notice of them. I ran the box top through the router and gave it a rounded edge. While the top is far from perfect, I really liked the look with the roundover added -



And as imperfect as the box is, I kind of like it. Kind of like an annoying older brother who has his flaws but you still like drinking with him on occasion because he is fun.



I finished it with clear coats of Shellac and called it finished. It won't be my best project, nor should it. Instead of giving up or freaking out, I worked through the problem and that made me a happy camper this evening.

Thanks for reading and keep making sawdust,

David
LET'S scROLL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.................nice work
 

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Tree of Life Tiger Maple and Walnut Scroll Box Part Two

"If you are not willing to be bad at something, you will never be good at anything" - Me

That is what I tell my sons when they express outrage at the lack of instant gratification when setting down to try and learn the guitar or try something in sports. Life isn't a video game and it takes a little time to develop any skill. Something I need to remind myself from time to time.

This project hit a couple snags. I completed the top portion of the top -



But I needed to create a rim for it. The rim is cut and glued to the top to fit over the box bottom. Problem is that I got so obsessed with sanding and making the oval properly rounded that it shrunk. It was still larger than the bottom, but too small for the ring pattern. In the past, my method would normally be to panic, decide that immediate corrective action would be required, then do something really really stupid.

Fortunately I must have hit the proverbial brick wall a few times and knocked some sense in my brain along the way. I decided to think instead of panic. The answer to the dilemma is probably obvious to most of you, please let me enjoy my little lightning flash even though it is more like a mini flashlight bulb. :)

Since I didn't have a pattern, I decided to use the box top and the bottom as the template. I took a piece of walnut and traced a line around the top -



Cut out the piece, then centered the base on that piece and traced a line around the base -



I didn't do both lines at once because I didn't want my eyes and hands to instinctively start sawing between the lines. After cutting the second line, I glued the rim, worked the edges some with a dremel and I now had an acceptable rim to slide around the base -



Keyword is "acceptable" not "great" not "awesome". I was willing to cut myself some slack since I was doing this freehand and circular shapes without a guide are rather difficult.

So we now have a box top and a base -



I didn't like the flat edges on the box and I wanted it to look a little more rustic. I knew the box was flawed and I didn't want straight lines causing more notice of them. I ran the box top through the router and gave it a rounded edge. While the top is far from perfect, I really liked the look with the roundover added -



And as imperfect as the box is, I kind of like it. Kind of like an annoying older brother who has his flaws but you still like drinking with him on occasion because he is fun.



I finished it with clear coats of Shellac and called it finished. It won't be my best project, nor should it. Instead of giving up or freaking out, I worked through the problem and that made me a happy camper this evening.

Thanks for reading and keep making sawdust,

David
No wonder you are happy with it David, turned our real nice. Like you David, if I don't succeed the first time, I just keep at it until I have create something I am happy with. We will never learn if we don't try.
 

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Tree of Life Tiger Maple and Walnut Scroll Box Part Two

"If you are not willing to be bad at something, you will never be good at anything" - Me

That is what I tell my sons when they express outrage at the lack of instant gratification when setting down to try and learn the guitar or try something in sports. Life isn't a video game and it takes a little time to develop any skill. Something I need to remind myself from time to time.

This project hit a couple snags. I completed the top portion of the top -



But I needed to create a rim for it. The rim is cut and glued to the top to fit over the box bottom. Problem is that I got so obsessed with sanding and making the oval properly rounded that it shrunk. It was still larger than the bottom, but too small for the ring pattern. In the past, my method would normally be to panic, decide that immediate corrective action would be required, then do something really really stupid.

Fortunately I must have hit the proverbial brick wall a few times and knocked some sense in my brain along the way. I decided to think instead of panic. The answer to the dilemma is probably obvious to most of you, please let me enjoy my little lightning flash even though it is more like a mini flashlight bulb. :)

Since I didn't have a pattern, I decided to use the box top and the bottom as the template. I took a piece of walnut and traced a line around the top -



Cut out the piece, then centered the base on that piece and traced a line around the base -



I didn't do both lines at once because I didn't want my eyes and hands to instinctively start sawing between the lines. After cutting the second line, I glued the rim, worked the edges some with a dremel and I now had an acceptable rim to slide around the base -



Keyword is "acceptable" not "great" not "awesome". I was willing to cut myself some slack since I was doing this freehand and circular shapes without a guide are rather difficult.

So we now have a box top and a base -



I didn't like the flat edges on the box and I wanted it to look a little more rustic. I knew the box was flawed and I didn't want straight lines causing more notice of them. I ran the box top through the router and gave it a rounded edge. While the top is far from perfect, I really liked the look with the roundover added -



And as imperfect as the box is, I kind of like it. Kind of like an annoying older brother who has his flaws but you still like drinking with him on occasion because he is fun.



I finished it with clear coats of Shellac and called it finished. It won't be my best project, nor should it. Instead of giving up or freaking out, I worked through the problem and that made me a happy camper this evening.

Thanks for reading and keep making sawdust,

David
that is beautiful

I heard this quote a long time ago - very similar to yours: "If something is worth doing, it is worth doing wrong."

And I'd say that your "wrong" turned out very "right" in the end. It's a beautiful box, worthy of being honoured and treasured.
You did the wood proud!
 

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Tree of Life Tiger Maple and Walnut Scroll Box Part Two

"If you are not willing to be bad at something, you will never be good at anything" - Me

That is what I tell my sons when they express outrage at the lack of instant gratification when setting down to try and learn the guitar or try something in sports. Life isn't a video game and it takes a little time to develop any skill. Something I need to remind myself from time to time.

This project hit a couple snags. I completed the top portion of the top -



But I needed to create a rim for it. The rim is cut and glued to the top to fit over the box bottom. Problem is that I got so obsessed with sanding and making the oval properly rounded that it shrunk. It was still larger than the bottom, but too small for the ring pattern. In the past, my method would normally be to panic, decide that immediate corrective action would be required, then do something really really stupid.

Fortunately I must have hit the proverbial brick wall a few times and knocked some sense in my brain along the way. I decided to think instead of panic. The answer to the dilemma is probably obvious to most of you, please let me enjoy my little lightning flash even though it is more like a mini flashlight bulb. :)

Since I didn't have a pattern, I decided to use the box top and the bottom as the template. I took a piece of walnut and traced a line around the top -



Cut out the piece, then centered the base on that piece and traced a line around the base -



I didn't do both lines at once because I didn't want my eyes and hands to instinctively start sawing between the lines. After cutting the second line, I glued the rim, worked the edges some with a dremel and I now had an acceptable rim to slide around the base -



Keyword is "acceptable" not "great" not "awesome". I was willing to cut myself some slack since I was doing this freehand and circular shapes without a guide are rather difficult.

So we now have a box top and a base -



I didn't like the flat edges on the box and I wanted it to look a little more rustic. I knew the box was flawed and I didn't want straight lines causing more notice of them. I ran the box top through the router and gave it a rounded edge. While the top is far from perfect, I really liked the look with the roundover added -



And as imperfect as the box is, I kind of like it. Kind of like an annoying older brother who has his flaws but you still like drinking with him on occasion because he is fun.



I finished it with clear coats of Shellac and called it finished. It won't be my best project, nor should it. Instead of giving up or freaking out, I worked through the problem and that made me a happy camper this evening.

Thanks for reading and keep making sawdust,

David
Don't know how I missed part 1 of this one, David. Flaws are what others call 'Character' and they add to the piece. Its very easy to be self-critical. I know. I didn't write the book but I'm mentioned in the appendix.

I also have to agree with your opening comment for this blog. I am at present involved in being very bad at circle cutting. I put it down to experimentation. If you don't try something new though you never know about it.

Good post and a very charming box (said with no sense of irony whatsoever).
 

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Tree of Life Tiger Maple and Walnut Scroll Box Part Two

"If you are not willing to be bad at something, you will never be good at anything" - Me

That is what I tell my sons when they express outrage at the lack of instant gratification when setting down to try and learn the guitar or try something in sports. Life isn't a video game and it takes a little time to develop any skill. Something I need to remind myself from time to time.

This project hit a couple snags. I completed the top portion of the top -



But I needed to create a rim for it. The rim is cut and glued to the top to fit over the box bottom. Problem is that I got so obsessed with sanding and making the oval properly rounded that it shrunk. It was still larger than the bottom, but too small for the ring pattern. In the past, my method would normally be to panic, decide that immediate corrective action would be required, then do something really really stupid.

Fortunately I must have hit the proverbial brick wall a few times and knocked some sense in my brain along the way. I decided to think instead of panic. The answer to the dilemma is probably obvious to most of you, please let me enjoy my little lightning flash even though it is more like a mini flashlight bulb. :)

Since I didn't have a pattern, I decided to use the box top and the bottom as the template. I took a piece of walnut and traced a line around the top -



Cut out the piece, then centered the base on that piece and traced a line around the base -



I didn't do both lines at once because I didn't want my eyes and hands to instinctively start sawing between the lines. After cutting the second line, I glued the rim, worked the edges some with a dremel and I now had an acceptable rim to slide around the base -



Keyword is "acceptable" not "great" not "awesome". I was willing to cut myself some slack since I was doing this freehand and circular shapes without a guide are rather difficult.

So we now have a box top and a base -



I didn't like the flat edges on the box and I wanted it to look a little more rustic. I knew the box was flawed and I didn't want straight lines causing more notice of them. I ran the box top through the router and gave it a rounded edge. While the top is far from perfect, I really liked the look with the roundover added -



And as imperfect as the box is, I kind of like it. Kind of like an annoying older brother who has his flaws but you still like drinking with him on occasion because he is fun.



I finished it with clear coats of Shellac and called it finished. It won't be my best project, nor should it. Instead of giving up or freaking out, I worked through the problem and that made me a happy camper this evening.

Thanks for reading and keep making sawdust,

David
Jim - Are you trying to sell me your vacation home? You sold me on the community. Offer me a couch and I will help you set up shop ;) Appreciate the kind comments. You are right on the curves. I don't think "Boxey" is a comment that has ever been taken as a compliment. Not even by boxes :)

moment - I have not offered my welcome yet to LJs. My apologies and thank you for the compliment. Fine work you have posted as well and I look forward to seeing more.

Bob - Thanks for the kind words. I am quite inspired by your work. I often wish I could get you and jockmike2 in the shop together. You both have a free working style I greatly admire where projects are interesting to do for the project itself and difficulties are just part of the fun.

MsDebbieP - I like the quote you heard better. Sounds better on the tongue. And I can't ask for a better compliment than "You did the wood proud!."

Martyn - A compliment from you on a box is like adding a peacock feather to the cap. And the comment on the lack of irony gave me a nice chuckle. I am following your blog on circle cutting on the bandsaw. I have a small one I use semi-regularly and your solution to problems is always heartening. Jigs always make me feel good when I read about them. 1. There is a solution to my problem. 2. My lack of perfection is more universal than I let myself believe at the time.

David
 

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Tree of Life Tiger Maple and Walnut Scroll Box Part Two

"If you are not willing to be bad at something, you will never be good at anything" - Me

That is what I tell my sons when they express outrage at the lack of instant gratification when setting down to try and learn the guitar or try something in sports. Life isn't a video game and it takes a little time to develop any skill. Something I need to remind myself from time to time.

This project hit a couple snags. I completed the top portion of the top -



But I needed to create a rim for it. The rim is cut and glued to the top to fit over the box bottom. Problem is that I got so obsessed with sanding and making the oval properly rounded that it shrunk. It was still larger than the bottom, but too small for the ring pattern. In the past, my method would normally be to panic, decide that immediate corrective action would be required, then do something really really stupid.

Fortunately I must have hit the proverbial brick wall a few times and knocked some sense in my brain along the way. I decided to think instead of panic. The answer to the dilemma is probably obvious to most of you, please let me enjoy my little lightning flash even though it is more like a mini flashlight bulb. :)

Since I didn't have a pattern, I decided to use the box top and the bottom as the template. I took a piece of walnut and traced a line around the top -



Cut out the piece, then centered the base on that piece and traced a line around the base -



I didn't do both lines at once because I didn't want my eyes and hands to instinctively start sawing between the lines. After cutting the second line, I glued the rim, worked the edges some with a dremel and I now had an acceptable rim to slide around the base -



Keyword is "acceptable" not "great" not "awesome". I was willing to cut myself some slack since I was doing this freehand and circular shapes without a guide are rather difficult.

So we now have a box top and a base -



I didn't like the flat edges on the box and I wanted it to look a little more rustic. I knew the box was flawed and I didn't want straight lines causing more notice of them. I ran the box top through the router and gave it a rounded edge. While the top is far from perfect, I really liked the look with the roundover added -



And as imperfect as the box is, I kind of like it. Kind of like an annoying older brother who has his flaws but you still like drinking with him on occasion because he is fun.



I finished it with clear coats of Shellac and called it finished. It won't be my best project, nor should it. Instead of giving up or freaking out, I worked through the problem and that made me a happy camper this evening.

Thanks for reading and keep making sawdust,

David
David Craig
Getting ready to drive down to Seattle and fly home. I have lots of thoughts about the vacation home. We knew this was a very small town, but I had forgotten how really small communities work. When I was in the military, I was the medical officer for a small military community in southern Taiwan, about 500 hundred people. Being the only doc, of course everybody knew me, even if I didn't know them…....(-; This town is very similar in the way it functions.

Last evening we went to the cozy bar-restaurant with the great food. We met someone who had worked on our house, and lives across the street. He introduced us to the owner of the restaurant. By next week, everybody in town will know who purchased "Laura's house", it somehow is the name it received from the community, apparently a previous owner who was a single gal. It was purchased, dolled up, and then the people never moved in. They moved to Arizona instead, so it has been empty. So we enjoyed our fabulous meal, which we ate in a tiny enlosed rustic booth in the bar (the only booth, small bar) decided we would rename the house "Lara's House".......yes?.........and now have to plan how to furnish it, fix up the kitchen and stuff, etc.

It's an excuse to buy more tools, you know…......

Jim
 

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Tree of Life Tiger Maple and Walnut Scroll Box Part Two

"If you are not willing to be bad at something, you will never be good at anything" - Me

That is what I tell my sons when they express outrage at the lack of instant gratification when setting down to try and learn the guitar or try something in sports. Life isn't a video game and it takes a little time to develop any skill. Something I need to remind myself from time to time.

This project hit a couple snags. I completed the top portion of the top -



But I needed to create a rim for it. The rim is cut and glued to the top to fit over the box bottom. Problem is that I got so obsessed with sanding and making the oval properly rounded that it shrunk. It was still larger than the bottom, but too small for the ring pattern. In the past, my method would normally be to panic, decide that immediate corrective action would be required, then do something really really stupid.

Fortunately I must have hit the proverbial brick wall a few times and knocked some sense in my brain along the way. I decided to think instead of panic. The answer to the dilemma is probably obvious to most of you, please let me enjoy my little lightning flash even though it is more like a mini flashlight bulb. :)

Since I didn't have a pattern, I decided to use the box top and the bottom as the template. I took a piece of walnut and traced a line around the top -



Cut out the piece, then centered the base on that piece and traced a line around the base -



I didn't do both lines at once because I didn't want my eyes and hands to instinctively start sawing between the lines. After cutting the second line, I glued the rim, worked the edges some with a dremel and I now had an acceptable rim to slide around the base -



Keyword is "acceptable" not "great" not "awesome". I was willing to cut myself some slack since I was doing this freehand and circular shapes without a guide are rather difficult.

So we now have a box top and a base -



I didn't like the flat edges on the box and I wanted it to look a little more rustic. I knew the box was flawed and I didn't want straight lines causing more notice of them. I ran the box top through the router and gave it a rounded edge. While the top is far from perfect, I really liked the look with the roundover added -



And as imperfect as the box is, I kind of like it. Kind of like an annoying older brother who has his flaws but you still like drinking with him on occasion because he is fun.



I finished it with clear coats of Shellac and called it finished. It won't be my best project, nor should it. Instead of giving up or freaking out, I worked through the problem and that made me a happy camper this evening.

Thanks for reading and keep making sawdust,

David
I've already commented on facebook about your box, but had to here too, it wouldn't be right. You did a fine job, and as a model student you learned the never ending possibilities and uses for CA glue as I mentioned before. I personally have used 40-50 gallon in my work so far. No, it has to be more than that. Anyway, good on you for jumping out of your comfort zone and trying something new. With wonderful success I might add. For anyone else reading this, no, I haven't gotten new glasses, just found out how to make the print bolder, so I can read it. Thanks for putting up with me. You too David. mike
 
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Tree of Life Tiger Maple and Walnut Scroll Box Part Two

"If you are not willing to be bad at something, you will never be good at anything" - Me

That is what I tell my sons when they express outrage at the lack of instant gratification when setting down to try and learn the guitar or try something in sports. Life isn't a video game and it takes a little time to develop any skill. Something I need to remind myself from time to time.

This project hit a couple snags. I completed the top portion of the top -



But I needed to create a rim for it. The rim is cut and glued to the top to fit over the box bottom. Problem is that I got so obsessed with sanding and making the oval properly rounded that it shrunk. It was still larger than the bottom, but too small for the ring pattern. In the past, my method would normally be to panic, decide that immediate corrective action would be required, then do something really really stupid.

Fortunately I must have hit the proverbial brick wall a few times and knocked some sense in my brain along the way. I decided to think instead of panic. The answer to the dilemma is probably obvious to most of you, please let me enjoy my little lightning flash even though it is more like a mini flashlight bulb. :)

Since I didn't have a pattern, I decided to use the box top and the bottom as the template. I took a piece of walnut and traced a line around the top -



Cut out the piece, then centered the base on that piece and traced a line around the base -



I didn't do both lines at once because I didn't want my eyes and hands to instinctively start sawing between the lines. After cutting the second line, I glued the rim, worked the edges some with a dremel and I now had an acceptable rim to slide around the base -



Keyword is "acceptable" not "great" not "awesome". I was willing to cut myself some slack since I was doing this freehand and circular shapes without a guide are rather difficult.

So we now have a box top and a base -



I didn't like the flat edges on the box and I wanted it to look a little more rustic. I knew the box was flawed and I didn't want straight lines causing more notice of them. I ran the box top through the router and gave it a rounded edge. While the top is far from perfect, I really liked the look with the roundover added -



And as imperfect as the box is, I kind of like it. Kind of like an annoying older brother who has his flaws but you still like drinking with him on occasion because he is fun.



I finished it with clear coats of Shellac and called it finished. It won't be my best project, nor should it. Instead of giving up or freaking out, I worked through the problem and that made me a happy camper this evening.

Thanks for reading and keep making sawdust,

David
Nice work on the scroll saw.
 

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Tree of Life Tiger Maple and Walnut Scroll Box Part Two

"If you are not willing to be bad at something, you will never be good at anything" - Me

That is what I tell my sons when they express outrage at the lack of instant gratification when setting down to try and learn the guitar or try something in sports. Life isn't a video game and it takes a little time to develop any skill. Something I need to remind myself from time to time.

This project hit a couple snags. I completed the top portion of the top -



But I needed to create a rim for it. The rim is cut and glued to the top to fit over the box bottom. Problem is that I got so obsessed with sanding and making the oval properly rounded that it shrunk. It was still larger than the bottom, but too small for the ring pattern. In the past, my method would normally be to panic, decide that immediate corrective action would be required, then do something really really stupid.

Fortunately I must have hit the proverbial brick wall a few times and knocked some sense in my brain along the way. I decided to think instead of panic. The answer to the dilemma is probably obvious to most of you, please let me enjoy my little lightning flash even though it is more like a mini flashlight bulb. :)

Since I didn't have a pattern, I decided to use the box top and the bottom as the template. I took a piece of walnut and traced a line around the top -



Cut out the piece, then centered the base on that piece and traced a line around the base -



I didn't do both lines at once because I didn't want my eyes and hands to instinctively start sawing between the lines. After cutting the second line, I glued the rim, worked the edges some with a dremel and I now had an acceptable rim to slide around the base -



Keyword is "acceptable" not "great" not "awesome". I was willing to cut myself some slack since I was doing this freehand and circular shapes without a guide are rather difficult.

So we now have a box top and a base -



I didn't like the flat edges on the box and I wanted it to look a little more rustic. I knew the box was flawed and I didn't want straight lines causing more notice of them. I ran the box top through the router and gave it a rounded edge. While the top is far from perfect, I really liked the look with the roundover added -



And as imperfect as the box is, I kind of like it. Kind of like an annoying older brother who has his flaws but you still like drinking with him on occasion because he is fun.



I finished it with clear coats of Shellac and called it finished. It won't be my best project, nor should it. Instead of giving up or freaking out, I worked through the problem and that made me a happy camper this evening.

Thanks for reading and keep making sawdust,

David
Thanks for the inspiration. Not just with the box, but…. I have a bad habit of not trying or stopping in the middle of a project out of messing up or after I have made a mistake. Good reminder that if we push though with our heads on straight, we'll be happy with the finished product.
 
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