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Forum topic by RGtools posted 03-29-2011 04:28 AM 1486 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-29-2011 04:28 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question cocobolo carving restore plane-making thrift store

So I scored at the Salvation Army the other day. Hidden beneath dust and debris I found a broken box, the wood in unmistakable to me, Cocobolo. The cashier only charged me 50 cents a fee that I paid gladly. The small amount of wood is invaluable to me for throat inserts on hand planes. Here is the problem, The carvings on the box are beautiful, while the box was not well constructed I am not sure I can destroy someone else work, even if I was to “resurrect” it as something new and useful. I am also unsure of my abilities when it comes to repairing the box.

Your thoughts?

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#1 posted 03-29-2011 04:47 AM

Save the pin-hinged top and give it a new home on a new box is my vote. It will still be beautiful rebirth for the wood and you’ll still have the rest of the box for scrap.

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#2 posted 03-29-2011 07:21 AM

Proud of you for even asking the question, shows you respect others work.
Hard call….maybe save what you can use elsewhere and use the rest as you want.
How about resawing off the carvings on the bandsaw and saving them as a veneer??

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#3 posted 03-29-2011 02:57 PM

Good idea Jesse.

Two kids, I have no bandsaw but that has not stopped me yet. I could resaw the carvings off and still get a fair amount of usable wood.

Thanks for the ideas.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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