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Trinket Box w/ copper ship embossing
© Cindy Trine
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Trinket Box w/ copper ship embossing

I made this several years ago. Someone I knew was into metal embossing and tooling. I asked her if I could do something like that to the trinket box I made on a friend's equipment. She showed me the basics, I picked out a mold I liked, then she gave me a fairly thick piece of copper, handed me the tools and accessories and let me go at it. Getting the nails in without smashing the embossing, was the real challenge! Since I only did one box, I also borrowed some stain and sealer and came up with this. You can see some drip marks and other imperfections, but not bad for a first time, I guess. And funny thing, I NEVER did get a clasp put on the front, and never gave it a 2nd thought, until taking these pictures tonight. All these times I have had to hold it just right when packing and moving, even taking these pics. LOL


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OOPS!!! Thank you for pointing that out. I called them dovetails! I still have just as much to learn about the terminology as the techniques. Finger joint because they were squared up and dovetail is the "triangular" shape, correct?


I DO know rabbet cuts for sure, since I put one in my mitered frame for my painting to fit.


There's a book I am looking for, hopefully used, about the terminology, I was told is very good. Been checking around used book stores in town, and eBay and such.

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3 minutes ago, DerBengel said:

There's a book I am looking for, hopefully used, about the terminology, I was told is very good. Been checking around used book stores in town, and eBay and such.

Cindy, There is a treasure trove for this type of information via the interweb and it's all FREE...Lots of stuff on You-Tube (careful though, some think they know much more than they really do:rolleyes:)


Also, if you haven't already, sign-up for free on-line weekly newsletters and communications from the major magazines and vendors...re: Wood Magazine, Woodworkers Journal, Woodsmith, Highland Woodworker, Woodcraft, Rockler, Peachtree Woodworking and so on...Some offer free plan downloads periodically as well.


Peruse the PBS, Create Channel too...Many carry programs such as the Woodsmith Shop, The American Woodshop, Rough Cut Woodworking, and The Woodwright's Shop...all but Woodsmith can be found on You-Tube too. Did I mention, it's all FREE?:P

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Super little trinket box! Really tight finger joints. You done good on this one!!!


I like the sailing ship embossing, too. Of course I would- being an old Navy guy.


As Dave said, lots of information out there and even more here at The Patriot. Got a question? Just ask- someone here will have the answer.

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Hey thanks, guys! Yeah, I thought that ship was so cool. That would mean needing more money to take on yet another hobby! LOL But it could be a lot of fun. My dad is an old Navy guy, too. He served during peace time back in the early 1960's, I think it was. Hmm, wonder if I made boxes with different metal embossings, (and honed my sanding/staining skills) if they would sell at a flea market type thing...


Oh, I agree, there is a wealth of info out there and that's how I ended up joining a couple forums. Just because you see/read something, doesn't mean all your questions are answered, and on most of those sites, people try asking things and it's like the authors never come back to read their followers' questions. SO, I figured joining a forum can help fill in the gaps.


Oh man! Yes, I have seen a few videos and blogs that the people were total idiots! I moved on rather quickly! LOL I want to do things that actually work.


Ah yes, I did sign up for Rockler and Woodworker's Journal, ordered 3 or 4 catalogs to get an idea of what's out there these days and I was unaware of Peachtree and Highland, so I will look at signing up with the rest of those you mentioned. I all ready downloaded a few free plans from some of those sites (and a couple others) that I am really interested in.


I recently discovered the Popular Woodworking, I Can do that! Series. Even though I have a (cheap store bought) router table that actually works, I am very interested in making the router table he has featured in several parts. I love how it looks and functions (even thought of a few tweaks). Would be some good experience, as well. I never heard of Create Channel, but I will check it out. Never even thought about checking out PBS's site! I used to watch several shows that aired locally, but haven't done that but a couple times this year.


I could get The Joint Book on Amazon, but just trying to get it for the least I can. I still cannot remember the name of the other book, will have to look it up. Have to make my $ stretch as much as possible to get things done. But there are certain things I just like on paper in front of me to soak it in better.


This is changing the topic a bit but, I have been looking at all the portable work benches out there and not liking most of them for one reason or another. I have been thinking about doing a setup like I saw on the other forum (haven't looked here yet), but it's still a bit big, but breaks down small enough. But, tonight, I was reading a how-to project on the internet and they mentioned some clamps I had never heard of & looked them up. Well that led me to accidentally finding a workbench that I want so bad, I can taste it! (And no, it doesn't taste like doughnuts or bacon, haha): http://www.wolfcraft.com/en/products/p/machine_tables-3/machine_tables_master_cut_2500-1/p/index.html  It's right up my alley, being in a small flat, it could fit in my closet, light enough for me to carry, extremely versatile and with the addition of the parallel milling guide, a pair of roller trestles and a handful of clamps, I'd be set up for almost anything!





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I like your work a lot, the copper embossed ship on the fine box is a real show piece. That portable work station is very interesting, I had not seen that before. Sure a happy chap using it, and not a speck of sawdust on the floor. I am not quite clear as to weather the power tools are separate or come with the bench. I will have to read it in more depth.

Keep up the good work, you are very talented.


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Thanks Dadio!


If you are talking about the Bladerunner, it's basically just a jigsaw that has been turned upside down as in a small table saw-all built together. If you don't have the room or money for a nice table saw and so on, and don't need a monster, this thing actually works. Being in a flat, I can put it on a shelf in the utility room, next to the router/table when I am done with it. And both are light enough for me to take down off the shelf and bring it into the kitchen to use it. :D

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