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    Hi Paul, Mal and Greg's place sounds amazing....

    Hi Paul,
    Mal and Greg's place sounds amazing. Wish it weren't such a drive for me :- Might have to go there on my next trip north - would be worth it just to see the bandsaw!

    Yesterday our Men's...
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    A lovely box, Paul, and beautiful timber. ...

    A lovely box, Paul, and beautiful timber.

    Havenít heard of Princess Ebony and canít find it on a quick search. Could this be Queensland Ebony perhaps? It looks similar to the Asian timber Macassar...
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    Hi Dallas, Iím not sure. I thought it was to...

    Hi Dallas,

    Iím not sure. I thought it was to stop the sandpaper from clogging :C

    Anyone have the definitive answer?

    Regards,

    Brian
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    And here is Andrew Crawfordís ĎBlind End Sanding...

    And here is Andrew Crawfordís ĎBlind End Sanding Boardí:

    519502
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    Hi Joe, Found the Ian Hawthorne video: How...

    Hi Joe,

    Found the Ian Hawthorne video:

    How to make a Keepsake Box - Part 6 - YouTube


    Trimming the box on the router table starts at about 38mins. :C

    Brian
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    Joe, Two additional ways Iíve seen this done:...

    Joe,

    Two additional ways Iíve seen this done:

    1. In one of Andrew Crawfordís books he shows sanding the join using a piece of MDF about 150mm x 350 (Iím guessing) with sandpaper glued on at at...
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    Couldn't agree more. I use a SS most days of the...

    Couldn't agree more. I use a SS most days of the week. Beautifully made and a pleasure to use. The safety feature has prevented a couple of possibly serious injuries (not to me) over four+ years but...
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    Hi Mobyturns, I use the AUK motor in an Incra...

    Hi Mobyturns,

    I use the AUK motor in an Incra Mastr-Lift II. The lift is very solid and beautifully made. Got it from Timbecon during one of their sales. I love the magnetic Clean Sweep router...
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    Thanks, guys. I very much appreciate your support...

    Thanks, guys. I very much appreciate your support and encouragement - not to mention the good ideas I get from your projects!

    Keep well,

    Brian
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    Thanks for the kind comments, David. I really...

    Thanks for the kind comments, David. I really enjoyed making this box and fortunately the new owners seem happy. Iím always keen to learn new ways of doing stuff and the forum is great for that....
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    Part 13. Finishing Up The lining process is...

    Part 13. Finishing Up

    The lining process is pretty simple so I wonít dwell on it. I buy 0.6mm white card in A3 sheets from a local art store and fix the lining material to the card with either...
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    Hiya Richard, Good to hear from you (and...

    Hiya Richard,

    Good to hear from you (and thanks!). I'd noticed you'd not been around much recently - hope all is OK with you?

    I'm nearing the end of the WIP report for this box now thank...
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    +1 for the Banksia slices, Ruddy :2tsup: May I...

    +1 for the Banksia slices, Ruddy :2tsup: May I ask how you did this?

    How difficult was it to fit the press-button latch? I have a few of these but as yet havenít fitted one. Your box inspires me...
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    Hi Dallas, itís easier than fitting hinges as...

    Hi Dallas,

    itís easier than fitting hinges as itís really just the two slots in exactly the same spot top and bottom. If you make a test piece the same length and thickness as the box it really...
  15. Thread: Myrtle magic

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    Beautiful, Dallas, and a super bookmatch of the...

    Beautiful, Dallas, and a super bookmatch of the burl. Someone is going to be very lucky indeed.

    Regards,

    Brian
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    Part 12. Fitting the feet. Finding feet to...

    Part 12. Fitting the feet.


    Finding feet to suit boxes is something I find difficult. Most box feet seem to be traditionally styled e.g. lionís paw or ornate circular design. Brusso in New York...
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    A top result, Jacques. I admire your patience! ...

    A top result, Jacques. I admire your patience!

    Thanks for sharing your journey. :2tsup:

    Brian
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    Part 10. Fitting the lock and escutcheon If...

    Part 10. Fitting the lock and escutcheon

    If you fitted a pair of side rail hinges OK then this part shouldnít give you any problems. Just remember to always make test cuts on scrap first.

    Here...
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    Hi Dallas, Hope for us both :) I don't...

    Hi Dallas,

    Hope for us both :)

    I don't think anyone who can produce work like your Sydney Bluegum and Spalted Poplar box should feel anything other than very proud of their work!

    Its seems...
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    Thanks for the tip, Alex. Makes a lot of sense -...

    Thanks for the tip, Alex. Makes a lot of sense - Iíll try that next time for sure.

    Yes, I forgot to mention that I make two or three small cuts out of the back of where the hinge recess will go,...
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    Part 9. Fitting the hinges For these boxes Iím...

    Part 9. Fitting the hinges

    For these boxes Iím using Andrew Crawfordís smartHinge. They are expensive but beautiful. Precise accurate sizing, a fully rounded knuckle and flawlessly finished.
    ...
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    Part 8. Separating the Lid from the Base ...

    Part 8. Separating the Lid from the Base

    Moving on to one of the nerve-wracking bits now - cutting off the lid. This can be done a number of ways - with a handsaw, on the router table, on the...
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    Dallas- thanks for the kind comments - thereís...

    Dallas- thanks for the kind comments - thereís still plenty of opportunity to stuff it up :U

    Woodtec - thanks! Yes, Iíve had more than one stint of tuition at Andrewís workshop. Heís a great...
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    Part 7. Fitting the banding. 517933 ...

    Part 7. Fitting the banding.



    517933


    First the square edge pieces are fitted. This provides a defined edge either side of the rebate for the cross banding to slot into. If we do this...
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    Part 6. Cutting rebates for edges and inlays ...

    Part 6. Cutting rebates for edges and inlays

    Next up weíll tackle the decisions about which stringing and inlays to use then cut the channels.

    This is where accuracy really starts to become...
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    ‚ÄčPart 5. Veneering the sides and fitting the...

    ‚ÄčPart 5. Veneering the sides and fitting the lid.


    Now we have the basic glue-up complete we can start adding veneer to the sides. The choice is whether to veneer the sides first then cut the...
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    Absolutely. If you have an accurate sled, why...

    Absolutely. If you have an accurate sled, why not? I started using my approach when I was showing newcomers how to cut the rough mitres by hand or with a bandsaw jig. I found the results were so...
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    Part 4: Carcass Glue-up and Mitre Keys Weíre...

    Part 4: Carcass Glue-up and Mitre Keys


    Weíre now ready for the first part of the glue-up. This is the four sides and the base only. The top is not glued in yet as weíll need access to the...
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    For a good range of shims I use an old set of feeler gauges - just cut off the pieces I need.

    Regards,

    Brian
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    Love the spa deck, Jacques. Just the place for...

    Love the spa deck, Jacques. Just the place for relaxing and thinking out the challenges of a tambour top :D

    The pen display box looks like an interesting challenge. Presumably the CNC will blitz...
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    Part 2 - Preparing the top and bottom panels...

    Part 2 - Preparing the top and bottom panels (continued)


    When the veneer edges are perfectly straight the two pieces are laid side by side as if mirror images, aligned carefully, taped with...
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    Thanks, Jacques! What are you working on just...

    Thanks, Jacques! What are you working on just now?

    Best regards,

    Brian
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    Madrone burr jewellery box - work in progress

    Itís been a while since I wrote a Work in Progress report here so I thought Iíd post something aimed at anyone tackling a veneer-over-solid wood box for the first time. Itís not so much that itís...
  34. FG, I used to have this problem with boxes. ...

    FG,

    I used to have this problem with boxes.

    Two suggestions:

    1. Buy an A3 sized sheet of double sided adhesive (you can get this at art stores) to ensure your sanding sheet is flat right to...
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    Rustins make a Sanding Sealer which is just...

    Rustins make a Sanding Sealer which is just shellac and alcohol. They say it can be used over their stain so other shellac should be the same. See Shellac Sanding Sealer | Rustins

    Regards,

    Brian
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    Titebond says: Storage Life: 24 months in tightly...

    Titebond says: Storage Life: 24 months in tightly closed containers at 75įFDifficult to imagine a company like Titebond risking their reputation on a second-rate product so perhaps this bottle was...
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    HEY... WAKE UP! Likewise.

    Likewise.
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    Hi Dallas, Glad it made sense. I need to make...

    Hi Dallas,

    Glad it made sense. I need to make another batch of these soon for the Neighbourhood Centreís Christmas market so Iíll try to do a proper WIP report with photos.

    The project Iím...
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    Hi Dallas, Apologies- I think it is my...

    Hi Dallas,

    Apologies- I think it is my explanation that's the problem :- I've been dashing around a bit these past couple of days - I should have stopped and drawn a diagram.

    Here's a diagram...
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    Hi Scott, Welcome to the sometimes addictive...

    Hi Scott,

    Welcome to the sometimes addictive often compulsive word of boxmaking :wink:

    I like all three of your boxes and the use of the piano key material was a brilliiant idea!

    Donít be...
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    Hi Dallas, I donít worry too much about the...

    Hi Dallas,

    I donít worry too much about the setting piece being the length of the box as long as itís more than half the length so it can be flipped.

    My piece is 8mm deep ( front to back) and...
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    Hi Dallas, For the type of boxes in my...

    Hi Dallas,

    For the type of boxes in my original post i.e. where the lid sits between the two end walls and the front and back walls are butt, dowel or mortice jointed I make the lids and back...
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    Bing, If Understand you correctly you want to...

    Bing,

    If Understand you correctly you want to paint the walnut box black but have an (unpainted) 5mm timber inlay sunk into the top level with the paint?

    Thatís a tough call to bring the two...
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    Iím absolutely no expert here, but my understanding is that a reduction from say 90db to 80db produces a two thirds reduction in amplitude ratio - from around 30,000 to 10,000 rather than a 90%...
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    Thanks for that, Paul. I remember asking...

    Thanks for that, Paul.

    I remember asking Andrew Crawford which glue he uses. I canít remember his exact words but the gist of it was normal white PVA from the local hardware. I use pretty much...
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    Lovely work, Paul. A great feeling, isn’t it, to...

    Lovely work, Paul. A great feeling, isn’t it, to use up stuff that’s been taking up space in the workshop for ages.

    The ring boxes are a good idea - some questions if I may:

    What size are...
  47. EB - If you're new to spraying I recommend you...

    EB - If you're new to spraying I recommend you read ABCs of Spray Finishing". This was put out by Devilbiss year ago but gets updated from time to time. If you search for that title you'll see it...
  48. +1 for all WoodPixelís comments re luthiers....

    +1 for all WoodPixelís comments re luthiers. These guys really are champs when it comes to finishing. Some brilliant YouTube videos on high gloss guitar finishes using superglue (!), shellac, nitro...
  49. Thread: Hard Wax Oils

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    I've been keeping Osmo and other finishes in...

    I've been keeping Osmo and other finishes in their cans slipped into resealable sandwich bags or freezer bags for years. Never had a problem with skinning over or going off. For stuff I used most...
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    SOLD: Hi Repete, I'd like to take this if I may. ...

    Hi Repete,

    I'd like to take this if I may.

    Sending you a PM now.

    Many thanks,

    Brian
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