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Challenging little miter box

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Challenging little miter boxThis little nightmare was reclaimed from an old and cheaply constructed coffee table my girlfriend had. It was the first piece of furniture she bought when she graduated college and got a teaching job. She is a very sentimental type of person so she wanted to keep it for something even if we re-purposed it. Her cat scratched it all to hell so we turned the bulk of the coffee table into a large cat tree. The rest I turned into a small jewelry/keep sake box for her.I had absolutely no plan for this thing. I just noticed one day that i had enough of that table scrap left over to make a small box. The grain on all four sides had to be vertical in order to make it though. I figured ok thats not a bad challenge I can do that. Well then all hell broke loose. The panels I was cutting down for the sides have reversing grain. One of the miter cuts went thru sap wood that was still sticky and the glue joint broke. From there it just kept getting worse. All of the walnut you see is there to hide some ugly. Whether it be knots or other defects in the wood…and some in the workmanship. The two walnut inlays on the face of the box were hand cut with chisels after it was assembled because i ran into it with a hand plane and dinged it…that was all me just being stupid.The felt lining is a simple 1/4 in sheet of plywood cut 1/16th smaller than the bottom and wrapped in felt. If she ever wants to change the color i can pry that back out and make a new one.There were a few firsts for me on this project. I had never done splines before so made a jig to do those. I had never used a router table before and did the coving and most of the round over work on the table. The over arm pin router came in handy there. Screw changing router bits. Put the big coving bit in the bottom router and the round over bit in the top router and just raise lower as needed. The splined corners of the box i rounded over with a 9-1/2 block plane. That pine was just too brittle to hold a crisp clean edge.I think that's it for this one. Not super happy with how it turned out but she loves it so that's what counts. And i learned a lot of things NOT to do next time around.



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Two Mortars and Pestles

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Two Mortars and PestlesThese were made to order for a couple of customers in Chandler, Az. They are made from mesquite and finished with Danish Oil and them buffed and waxed. The small end of the pestle is 1 3/” and 1 1/2” on the handle end The mortars are around 3 1/2” x 3” and 3 1/2” high and the pestles are 4 3/4” long .Cheers, Jim



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2 boxes, from Ash scraps

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2 boxes, from Ash scrapsHad a pile of Ash scraps. Ripped and resawn into thin stock. Larger box used finger joints , smaller box used through dovetails. 6” combo square for scale on the smaller box.Hardware from Hobby Lobby. Dividers are also Ash…
Stain is called “Gunstock” , by Minwax. 3 coats of Amber Shellac.
saves throwing all the scraps out onto the burn pile.
larger box is about 11” by 6-1/2”, about 3” tall…not counting the Ball feet.
Lid on the larger box is standing open a bit…
Letting the inside “air out” a bit…



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