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paulrbarnard

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Just finished another Christmas present. This one has a back story... When the first lockdown started one of my daughters was living in a shared house in a very small bedroom. She decided to move back in with us for the duration. While here she decided she wanted to have a go at some woodworking to pass the time. I pointed her at a Paul Sellars video on YouTube where he makes a small desk organiser box. My workshop is a hand tools only situation and she had not anticipated the effort involved. Anyway she mad a start with dimensioning of the timber and go the pieces for the case roughed out.
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At this point she developed a blister and decided this was going to be a bit of a big project she abandoned it and made an Apple Watch charging stand, like the ones I posted earlier. She did a great job on that but of course it means I couldn't give her one of those for Christmas.

I decided I would build the organiser box for her. I had given my daughter a panel of recovered pine to play with but I figured I would break out my last board of cherry for the project. Everything was done with hand tools, including thicknessing the boards. These are the first dovetails I have cut since I left Canada 16 years ago and I literally just went for it so pleasantly pleased with the outcome. The box is far from perfect but it looks nice and I'm sure my daughter is going to love it. The drawer pull is a bit of maple and the drawer bottom and divider are pine. It is finished with Liberon finishing oil and then wax.
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I've tried a couple of these type of lidded boxes, and with every one the lid has warped - whats the secret to making it stay flat?

(I've never used 'new' timber, generally it's stuff that's both reclaimed (old), and has sat in my shed for at least 12 months).
 

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I've tried a couple of these type of lidded boxes, and with every one the lid has warped - whats the secret to making it stay flat?

(I've never used 'new' timber, generally it's stuff that's both reclaimed (old), and has sat in my shed for at least 12 months).
As I understand it , A lot depends on how the log was processed as to how flat or curly it will become when dry or drying , see the image

Saw_patterns by https://www.flickr.com/photos/150639903@N08/, on Flickr
 

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I've tried a couple of these type of lidded boxes, and with every one the lid has warped - whats the secret to making it stay flat?

(I've never used 'new' timber, generally it's stuff that's both reclaimed (old), and has sat in my shed for at least 12 months).
This board has been in my workshop, or the previous one, for sixteen years.
 

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I've tried a couple of these type of lidded boxes, and with every one the lid has warped - whats the secret to making it stay flat?

(I've never used 'new' timber, generally it's stuff that's both reclaimed (old), and has sat in my shed for at least 12 months).
I had the same problem on one I made, the best you can do is use quartersawn stock or riftsawn otherwise nothing to stop it, I make sure it's well seasoned beforehand.
 

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I got the idea from somewhere on t'internet for the black frame and somewhere else for the general shape.

It's all beech and the frame was dyed with 2 coats of Indian Ink (Hardly used any at all).
I use chalkboard paint and shellac for the ebony effect, which results in a lovely but delicate finish. I will have to try India ink next time.
 

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I use chalkboard paint and shellac for the ebony effect, which results in a lovely but delicate finish. I will have to try India ink next time.
I did 2 coats, rubbing down after the first one (it raised the grain). Very easy to put on with a paint brush. I'm very pleased with the it, it's very black
 

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For those wanting a truly matte black, you should try Wickes blackboard paint. I am amazed at how good it is when carefully applied
 

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I made another scar for my lucky finger.
Its lucky because its had a total now of 32 stitches, from one thing and another and incredibly it's still attached :oops:
Ouch see attached, right through both tendons and an artery 13 weeks rehab and 4.5 hours plastic surgery, i feel your pain man, here's to a speedy recovery
 

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Ouch see attached, right through both tendons and an artery 13 weeks rehab and 4.5 hours plastic surgery, i feel your pain man, here's to a speedy recovery
Ouch on you, but whatever did you do to cause it ?

Mine happened a bit back and has healed since, just fancied doing a funny post as these past months have been trying to say the least.
It looks like you are left handed...
I favour the left but am in fact ambidextrous. When I was in school such abnormalities werent allowed so I was forced to write with my right, but in the end the left prevailed.
 

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So I posted in another thread about my wife and daughter choosing their own timber and me then given the challenge of what to make with it (for Christmas pressies for them), my daughter chose Teak so this is what I did, it's nothing special or too difficult really (compared to most things I've seen posted) but I'm hopeful she'll like it and the joint to make the board isn't really visible so all in all quite please.
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The inscription around the sides reads
"For a Daughter with Whom,
you Laugh, Dream & Argue,
but love with,
all your heart xxx"
 

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