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    Default Banksia box - WIP

    Started to make a box from the coast banksia that I showed in the timber forum.

    Pic. 1. Selected the pieces to use and dressed a face and an edge on each piece. Labeled them.

    Pic. 2. Bandsawed to little over finished thickness. This will leave me with some nice pieves of veneer for another job.

    Pic. 3. Oops! When I resawed the back & front of the lid frame, a knot that I had planned to use as a feature turned out to be loose. I still want to use it, so it will have to be fixed.

    Pic. 4 The myrtle burl that I want to use as the lid panel also has some holes that need filling, so I'll do them all with casting resin. This stuff is very thin & runny, so I've stuck some bits of scrap to the underside using hot-melt glue. This should stop it leaking through.

    Pic. 5. On the other side, I've built 'dams' around the holes so I can over fill them with resin, as it does shrink a bit as it sets. Built similar dams on the lid frame pieces.
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    Hi Alex,

    Nice little trick with the hol melt glue dams - looks green to me

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    Pic. 1. The casting resin I'm using is Araldite M. It needs to be used in pretty exact proportions, so I measured it out, and also added some umber pigment to darken it. Normally it sets clear and colourless. As you can see, it's several years past its use-by date, so I hope it still works OK. This stuff sticks like ##### to a blanket, so wear gloves and put a plastic sheet under it.

    Pic. 2. Filled up all the holes with resin. Hit the larger ones with the hot air gun to bring any bubbles to the surface. As the resin flows into the holes, keep topping it up. Seem to have sprung a slight leak in the hole on the left. Bugger!

    This stuff takes a couple of days to set completely, so put it aside and continue work on the carcase. Dress, size and square up the carcase pieces & mark out the dovetails.

    Pic. 3. Start cutting the dovetails. I'm using half-blind DTs, and I'll put a separate thread up on how I do it if anyone's interested. Finished the pins on the front & back.
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    Alex, this would be a good post in the Box Making forum. I'll post a link there if you don't mind.

    Can you do a close-up on the "dams"? I can't quite see what you are referring to in the pic.:confused:

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    Can't wait to see it finished Alex.
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    Alex, can't wait to see finished box! Should be a winner of many greenies! You clearly have joined the ranks (or perhaps you are a foundation member) of the "stare at the timber" club! Look at the timber laid out in a possible order, re arrange five times, think about how it all goes together, where the defects are relative to the joints, then pray like hell that it all turns out to plan. looking good. Why does epoxy with wood shavings fill take so much longer to go off than just the epoxy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexS
    I'm using half-blind DTs, and I'll put a separate thread up on how I do it if anyone's interested.
    Yes please, I'm interested

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    Some nicely grained timber there Alex . Can't wait to see it finished . No doubt it will something extra special
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    Coming along nicely Alex. I do believe that I recognise that burl
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    Looking forward to this, Alex.

    Where did you source the epoxy? Today I did the same as you with some clear Araldite (a pretty expensive way to do it I think).
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    Bob, you do indeed recognise it - it came from Oges at Wongo's BBQ.

    Zenwood, the casting resin came from Meury Enterprises in western Sydney. Wasn't cheap - about $100 quite a few years ago - but I believe you can buy casting resin cheaper at Bunnings, although I haven't gone looking for it there.
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    This is going to be one very nice box. Looking forward to the WIP pics

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexS
    Bob, you do indeed recognise it - it came from Oges at Wongo's BBQ.
    Am interested to see how it turns out, so I can see what to do with the piece I have here.
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    Hi Alex

    Looking good real keen to see the finished box nice grain in the timber

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    Alex, I for one would definitely be interested to read how you make half blind dovvies.

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