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  1. Gerald

    Spalted box

    Finished this box today. The bottom was not two piece till I turned the bottom off . So I added a stand. Box is spalted white oak and lid is spalted pecan. The finish is lacquer buffed with Maguires buffing cpd and then polish.
  2. It's been a busy week for our turners here at the Patriot Woodworker! Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan posted a fantastic tutorial on making an inside-out cross ornament- Read Dan's instructions and our turners' comments here- @Ron Altier has been cranking out ornaments all week! His first set uses colored plywood- Ron talks about these- And he also created these- @HandyDan was't just making ornaments this week. He has been creating more "bullet" pens from a couple of different caliber cartridges Dan explains what he did to get these beauties finished. @RustyFN turned a beautiful little lidded pot from a gorgeous selection of woods. Rusty said he had a little trouble with the overall finish. Check his post and see what our turners had to say- Rusty wasn't our only turner making small vessels. @Gerald used a couple of different species of spalted wood to come up with this awesome piece- Gerald explains more in his post- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information. For The Newbies- Mike Peace has a video covering many of his turning tips. Although a little longer than what he usually does, it is well worth the watch- Expand Your Horizons- Sometime the wood selected for a turning will speak for itself. Grain, color, defects can all help create that special piece. If the wood doesn't speak, or the turning needs to be more personalized, Carl Jacobson shows us how to add a photograph to the surface. New Turning Items- Faceplate system for OneWay type live centers. These pieces can be used to create custom jam chucks. For more information and pricing, follow this link- http://www.bestwoodtools.com/ Everything Else- The latest Woodturning OnLine arrived today. It has a nice preview of the latest Glenn Lucas DVD and shows him working on an Irish platter. The newsletter can be read at- https://www.woodturningonline.com/. Rick Turns posted his latest (February) list of YouTube woodturning videos- Safe turning
  3. A lady in my Sunday School class is doing a scrapbook for her grandson as a graduation present and wanted me to make a box . This is the box with BLO only so far.
  4. I do the audio/visual program for our turning club and we upgraded the computer from laptop to desktop last year (cheaper to upgrade a desktop than a gaming laptop) and have had it stored in a plastic box along with a box I made for the cameras and auxiliary cables. Carrying that big tub even with a folding cart was just a pain so I designed a box for it. The box is padded with carpet I have had for about 25 years (came out of a drugstore) . The latches are matched so lid can be put on either direction without causing a bind. To install I put latches (2 piece) on one side then reversed the top and put on half the latch on both sides (top on one and bottom on the other) to match. The top is divided for cameras and other items. What you cannot see in this is that there is a double support on the near side to lock the top in. The top locks in with these swing arms and is secure to turn over keeping items in place. There is foam on top and bottom of the camera compartment. Paint is acrylic lacquer.
  5. Wichman3

    Heart box

    Here's my latest project, a heart shaped box with a sliding dovetail in the lid with a heart shaped pin to hold the lid in place. 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 x 3/4. The hardest part is cutting a dovetail in 1 1/2 Boxelder (maple).
  6. Just in time for Christmas. These were a labor of love and I'm really happy how they finished up. Even so, I am so-o-o-o glad they are done. 8 cryptex boxes for the grand kids. I have no delusions about how the boxes will compare to the fancy electronic gadgets kids want these days, but maybe one day they'll be appreciated. I think I posted in progress pictures of these a while back but not sure. I actually started them in the summer but shelved them until closer to Christmas. Last week, I decided I needed another, really had to scratch to remember how I'd done everything, even had to go back and watch Carl Jacobson's excellent video on making them again. The code on each one is their birth day with "Z"=zero and "A"=1 etc. Steve
  7. Few weeks ago my Dad brings me this dilapidated looking wooden box. Cracked sides, falling apart and has that musty stale air smell. Tells me he needs this fixed up and make sure it will be able to handle rough use, use screws he tells me. He is in a K-9 Search and Rescue Unit so they are on the move and have to set up, then move out again. Have no idea what goes in it. Took it apart, pieces broke, a real mess. The top, useless, nothing salvaged. Hinges and hardware, a disaster just chunked them. Replaced the bottom and ends with some 3/4 ish plywood scrap I had as well as the lid. Used some of the old broken pieces to make the frame for the lid and glued it up. Same with the box part. Since Dad mentioned screws I added them as well, ya know just to be sure. Then looked at it and decided to have some fun and proceeded to use the entire box of 2 inch screws, 50 in all. The plywood was scrap so I used the nice looking sides on the inside and clear coated them with 3 coats of Helmsman Urethane. Not a furniture finish but I use it on stuff that goes outside like shovel handles and such. The outside I got creative. He had mentioned to make it visible and something he would notice at a glance. Looking through my collection I found this smoke gray, perfect for bottom, oil based and durable. Check. The top, hey purple is cool people!!! To finish it off I added his initials in bright white, he said be noticeable!! The handles are webbing for a weed eater long since retired. To make the holes for the 1/4 bolts I used to attach them I took a piece of 1/4 round stock and made a sharp point. Heated it up with a torch and then slid the webbing over it. Makes a perfect hole and will not rip. Should last a lifetime. All in all a fun project. I can imagine the looks it will get when he breaks this out next search.
  8. Finished up my sister and brother-in-law's request. Wall mounted box. 3/8" red oak. Over measurements approximately 7.5" wide x 6.5" deep x 10" tall. Piano hinge and key lock. Golden oak stain and satin wipe on poly. Sometimes these little boxes are more difficult than the larger ones.
  9. These are some more laminated boxes I have been working on . Have tried thin and thick laminates. The woods are mainly walnut, pecan, river birch, cherry. Most of the wood on these was some small scraps slightly larger than the boxes. To turn the box since there was not enough wood for a tenon I uses a sacrifical face plate and used thick CA to glue on blank. Once the turning and hollowing is done the box is removed from the tenon with a sharp rap on a chisel at the glue line. Sometime this will lead to chipping but most just pop right off. Of note here is to place something soft or a bucket on the lathe bed to catch the turning. Hardest part of these projects as I said the last time I showed one was finishing the bottom. It can be done by reversing in pen jaws and bringing up the tailstock with a soft touch mounted. I just do not like flat bottoms even on boxes. Walnut,Pecan,River Birch Pecan, Oak, Mahogany veneer River Birch, paduck Pecan, Cherry, Purpleheart Pecan, teak
  10. this is not the same box but is the way I start building one. I have to print out 10 exact patterns. The tenth one is just solid with no holes for drawers. All the pieces I cut out for the drawers are later glued together except for the front of the drawer and the back of the drawer. I use dowels to line up everything . If I don't use the dowels when clamping two pieces together it could slip just a hair one way or the other and cause lots of extra sanding or cause for the trash can. Each set of holes has to be in a different place than the next side of the pieces. And you can't drill the next side until the first side is marked and drilled and glued. Drawers are somewhere around 5 1/2 to 6" deep. The body being one solidly glued up mass with no cuts joining each drawer keeps it all from warping from season changes.. I use brasing or stainless steel rods for drawer pulls before I start spraying the clear lacquer so they will stay looking good and not tarnish. I also put a wider drawer front on to cover up the possible gaps from sanding and creating a back looking mess. And here also the dowels help to line up the drawer fronts. So far, all the sawing was with the scroll saw so the reason I call my boxes scroll saw jewelry boxes. Now before I glue the front of the drawer on and the back of the drawer on I first mark where the cavity of the drawer will be and cut that area out with a band saw. Then using the dowel holes I first pt in the pieces I can now glue the on and they will have bee lined up before the cavities of the drawers were sawn in... Its not a good idea to be drinking beer when all this is taking place for all these holes I drill has to have a stop set on the drill press or else... There is way more preparation in one of these boxes and a few more weeks involved.. I cut the last 4 boxes I made out outside my motor home while sitting in an rv park in Colo.. I had all the wood glued together for each piece I needed and would only glue on one pattern one at a time as I started to scroll saw each piece out... Gluing a pattern on two or three days before the sawing takes place the pattern will shrink and stretch and some might ruin to not be usable. I always took two or three extra patterns and pieces of prepared wood just in case... I have also found two different printers will make different size patterns even though I use the same pattern in two different printers..Not good when I am having to make multiple patterns and needing some more away from the printer I first used. When cutting out this many of the same thing and needing them as close to each other as I can get them, I find I have to start my scroll saw cutting from the same place and go in the same direction on all the pieces... Going two different directions on two different pieces a person has a tendency to lean or push the wood just enough to make differences and I get get bad line up problems and then add that many more pieces it gets too wild....Yes it ruined my very first wide box because of this... Using the dowel system where at least 3 dowels and most of the time 4 dowels on each side of all the pieces I can get things more manageable when its time to sand it all smooth on the inside and the outside and all the drawers.. All these have to stay in line as to how they were sawn so lots of marking goes on and off. Don't even know if this is understandable or not?? And I can sure see the difference in my sawing from starting in the morning or just before I quit at night. Those lines can sure get wavy. Jess
  11. This morning there was a strange sighting here in south central PA. After Googling many images and news reports I determined it was the sun! Nice to have it back!! Please don't forget the Patriot Woodworker's raffle. Some wonderful prizes. Help support your site! https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/forums/topic/22913-patriot-woodworker-2018-community-raffle-fundraiser/? Our Patriot Turners- Our turners have been really productive this week with wide array of items- @Ron Altier posted a really nice ornament that contains woods of many different colors. I can't imagine how he did the glue-up on this one! Ron posted more images and some information about the turning in his post- Ron wasn't the only one making ornaments this week, @Steve Krumanaker turned some awesome "Beehive" ornaments. Steve explains his design in this post- @Gerald is experimenting with some passive amplifiers for a smart phone. He tried several designs to see which was the loudest. His post contains other images and input from our turners. If you have ever made one of these, check out his post and give him your ideas- Gerald was super busy with other turnings as well Head on over to this post to see some of the other boxes he made. @RustyFN turned a gorgeous cedar bowl. The grain and colors are fantastic. Rusty got lots of great comments on this piece. @DAB finished up a replica of a 90mm shell to fit into a shell casing. He posted a little about making it, here- What’s Coming Up- If you are in the Atlanta area, the International Woodworking Fair is taking place August 22 thru 25. Our very generous sponsor, Easy Wood Tools, ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) has their booth set up and it looks like they are having a ball! This photo was taken by Carl Jacobson. From The Internet- Patriot member @Gene Howe posted this video on making a 3 winged three corner bowl. I'm reposting Gene's link here in case some of you missed it. Easy Wood Tools posted a YouTube video by Tracey Malady where she demonstrate the use of the Easy Wood Hollowing tools. I think she bought her depth gauge the same place I got mine! Tim Yoder has released a 2 part video in which he turns some cute little mice. The second part of the video is linked from his post. These might make some nice gifts for someone. Everything Else- I lucked into this website from a link on another forum. If you looking for lathe centers, this place just might have what you need- and other stuff, too- https://zlivecenter.com/index.php?route=common/home Safe turning
  12. This is the Rob Corson dowel hinge. With a bullnose or ball router bit on a router table the size of the dowel, route a 1/4 round slot in the back of lid and back of box. Set the fence at the center of the bit diameter and run the top and the box through. The fence can be set in or out to suit the particular box and how wide the lid opens. Take a dowel the same size as the router bit and cut lengths to suit the length of the box, they can be the same length or different lengths. Drill a hole in the center of the dowel the size of the pin. The pin can be metal rod, or wooden dowels. Assemble the dowels on the rod, and adjust to the length of the box,marking the positions of the dowel segments on the box and the top. Put a little glue on every other segment on the box. MAKE SURE THE GLUE HAS ROOM TO SQUEEZE OUT AND NOT SQUEEZE INTO THE NEXT DOWEL SPACE. Carefully lay the assembled dowel hinge onto the glue. Carefully set the top on and lightly clamp down When the glue is dry lift off the top and spin the every other dowel. Then apply a small amount of glue onto the free spinning segments of dowels allowing for squeeze out of the glue. carefully set the top on and clamp lightly. Allow the glue to dry. After the glue has set, gently open the box. The Joy you feel when the box opens is beyond description, the sinking feeling if it doesn't is beyond printing. Only had one that didn't open, and I have done a lot of them. You can also wax the pin,if you so desire. Herb
  13. A friend of mine is celebrating her 13th year in recovery. Made her a token box.
  14. Hi, new to this forum. Have been working on restoring hand tools and developing skills for a couple of years. Thought you might be interested in a project from last year. These Eleven Grooved Boxes are made, with the exception of preparing the original stock, entirely with hand tools. A big Stanley miter box, planes 4, 5 1/4, 18, two 45s, and a round side 606. Love them all.
  15. Starting a new thread...since the Plough Plane is done, and the Shop is cleaned up.... Had started a bit of Pine a while back, before all the clean up started. Resawed a few fancy Pine boards into ~3/8" thickness. Even glued up a couple "slabs" into a fancy grained top panel... Today, in-between a pair of long road trips....I manged to square a few ends, and cut a few pieces to length. Mitresaw? I am the motor for this one. Had to joint a few edges to match each other...couple of boards needed planed to match the thickness of other boards... These are a Stanley #7c and a Millers Falls No. 14....also used a Stanley #4. had four pieces that needed to match for width....and two that needed to match for a glue up. Book-matched. One was almost an 1/8" thicker than the other....WAS. Once they just about matched, time for some glue and clamps.. All that for a bottom panel....got out some toys.. That be an end for the box...things over in the vise are sides. Can never have enough SHARP pencils ( they seem to run away..) and the chisel was a Lay out tool... "X" marks the waste. I saw either on the line, or just on the waste side of the lines. Then that chisel is used to chop out the waste. End panel is also there to set how deep to saw. One end is a tad thinner than the other. I'll do this end, then use the other end panel to layout it's finger joints. Top and bottom panels will get a pine molding to house them. Bottom unit will get attached to the box. Top becomes a lift-off lid. Still debating on the knob/handle thingy That is the "Plan" so far....will see how this goes....stay tuned..
  16. The pastor of our church asked me a couple of months ago if I would make a Benevolent "collection" Box for the church. Had to wait for the weather to warm up a bit before I could get out to the shop and not loose the feeling in my fingers. It finely warmed up to 40* so I got started on it! I had enough 1/2"BB plywood left over from another project, so that is what I used. I finished cutting all the pieces and took them down to the basement to warm up. Glued and in the clamps over night. Out of the clamps and the hardware installed. Took it over Friday morning to hang at the entrance to the sanctuary.
  17. Well, if you haven't gotten your significant other a Valentine's present by now, I hope you can get comfortable sleeping next to the lathe for the next several days @RustyFN showed us his first turned lidded box and it is gorgeous. Read about it here and check out the comments from our turners- Carl Jacobson turned a floating vase, about a month ago. Notice his use of Easy Wood Tools and the Easy Wood chuck! I think if I hadn't learned to turn, I might have tried my hand at painting. I always marveled at the painters on public television when they created a picture. Although he has passed away, Bob Ross was one I enjoyed. That's probably why I found this Tim Yoder turning video so amusing- Some of you may have an income from your turning. With tax season upon us, I thought this video from Mike Peace may be of interest- Check some of the comments, with the video, on YouTube. Several respondents were folks who worked as tax consultants and they added additional information. Rick turnes added his list of videos for January 2018- The Woodworking Show is going to be in Kansas City, MO this weekend- February 16 and 17. Our most generous sponsor Easy Wood Tools will be there! Check here for additional information- Click on the above image to link to more information. I have been playing with a little holly bowl. The wood came from a tree that was planted, in 1969, at the school where I taught. The tree had been cut back many times over the years due to size a weather damage so none of the trunk pieces were extremely large- although the base near the ground is close to 2 feet across. I turned the bowl green- the outside shape one evening and finished the inside the next day. The wall thickness is about 3/16". There were a couple of stress cracks in the log before I started but they didn't get any larger after completion. The inertia sander I made works great! The pictures are before any finish is applied. I'm using rattle can lacquer but need to get a buffing wheel to smooth the surface of the spray. You can see the bowl went from round to slightly oblong during the process. When it is finished, I'll give it to the school. I still have a couple more chunks and also a holly natural edge bowl but some of the bark split off during the final turning. I also finished up the piece I was turning from Manzanita. It had that large void that I filled with Alumilite. I couldn't get the "bowl" part polished as well as I would have liked. Everything went south when I tried to use Micromesh pads. I guess it was the difference in the density between the wood and acrylic. Also the pads left traces of their color on the wood. I should mention that I did not stabilize the Manzanita. I'm calling this one "Crater" because it reminds me of a volcano. Finally, I guess someone likes my rolling pins. Got this in the mail today- Who a thunk it?? Safe turning
  18. Had some scrapes left from doing pew boxes. These are curved and I burned a lot of these before I got this idea. First I sanded the corners for the mitre fit. Then the glueup. And finally the bottom cut and sanded to fit. This will be an open box, so no top.
  19. Haven't had a lot of time in the shop the past few days but I did get two more boxes done. These are also based on Liam O'neill's "crooked grain box" design. I like the grain in both of these but especially the one on the right. Both spalted beech and walnut. Four more to go for this project but I have the demo for the next meeting, figure I may as well do it on one of these. Steve
  20. Ok, Vacay is over, time to make a bit of sawdust....maybe. Had a few Poplar boards sitting around, taking up space in the shop.. Not quite all the same sizes...little rough around the edges, too. Bandsaw to remove some of the excess stuff.. Will need a bit more done to these, to make something like this.. Maybe square the ends, thin board for a bottom panel....maybe some dovetails to connect things.... Yes, I do pins first. Just easier for me that way. I had to use the mitre box to square the ends, first. And a #4 plane to smooth the edges. Got out a few toys.. Er..tools. Some for lay out work, some to make sawdust and chips....went to get the shop stool ready to go... Picked it up from one spot, when I set it down, the welds on the legs broke...guess I need a new stool...for now, I have to work standing up....grrr Edges were jointed, before I went too far along...I think.. 1/4mile of wood means a 1/4 mile of plane, don't need those huge planes for this. As for saw work, when I sit down to saw.. I am looking straight ahead, and can follow the lines....when I am standing up, I have to lean over a bit, to see where I am cutting....which makes the saw lean as well...good thing I always cut leaving the lines. Meh....next two sets, I kept a thumb right beside the saw plate, keeping it from any leaning. Got both ends sawn, time to chop a bit I have a 2 x 6 Maple Chopping Block. Chop 1/2 way down, flip over, chop the rest....repeat for the other end. Managed to lay out saw and chop one more set of pins.....then lay out a fourth set.....legs were cramping up...about time to call it a day. Maybe tomorrow, I can get the fourth set done, then layout all the tails, and get those done. Then some grooves made, with the Stanley 45? Stay tuned, I might even try something different for this lid....
  21. Haven't done one of these for a few years, wife wanted to know could I make some boxes for Christmas presents. Decided to copy liam O'neills "crooked grain box" style. Here is the first one. It's from a piece of spalted beech that surprised me with some nice ambrosia. The contrasting wood is walnut. She wanted them for the grandkids, when I showed here this one, she told me I could make different ones for the grandkids Steve
  22. From the album: Walnut & Cherry Box

    Showing the end of the box, other end looks about the same Panels sit in grooves all around. Tenons on the rails are glued into the stiles, no glue on the panels Feet have a small cove detail.
  23. I needed a small box to hold my Breathe-Right strips that I wear at night, since they changed the box not to come apart in the middle any more. Grabbed some scrap wood waiting for the right project (cherry). Cut some miters, grooved along the bottom edge, bottom board with tongues all around, glue it up, had dinner, sanded, and sprayed on two coats of aerosol shellac between TV shows. About 2" tall. I used a favorite trick technique to glue up the box. Get some packing tape and lay it sticky side up next to the table saw fence. Lay down the pieces in order, as tight as you can get them and flush to the fence. Add some Titebond No-Drip, No-Run glue to the joints, rolled it up, checked for square.
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