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    These are patterned after the new style puzzle boxes in the Summer 2012 SSW&C magazine. One is aromatic cedar and the other is mahogany. The Cedar one has a shellac finish and the Mahogany one has a beeswax paste finish.



    DW
    Life is hard. It is even harder when you are being stupid.
    John Wayne

  • #2
    Very nice job. Nice choice of finishes. I saw those on the cover and they have moved to the upper echelons of my cut list.

    george
    A day without sawdust is a day without sunshine.
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    • #3
      I found the article to be difficult to follow as far as the instructions for the cutting. Did you have any problems understanding them? You did a nice job on them. Perhaps i'll read it (the article) one more time.
      "Still Montana Mike"

      "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
      Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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      • #4
        Gloria ............... Two memorable things to say in life, "Hello" for the first time, and "Good-bye" for the last.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by wood-n-things View Post
          I found the article to be difficult to follow as far as the instructions for the cutting. Did you have any problems understanding them? You did a nice job on them. Perhaps i'll read it (the article) one more time.
          It is fairly straight forward at least I found it to be so
          Cut #1 is the one that separates the 2 sections
          Cut #2 you cut either lid
          Cut #3 cut the other lid
          Cut #4 cut the bottom off
          Cut #5 Cut the other bottom off
          Cut #6 Cut the inside section out
          Cut #7 Cut the other inside section out
          I guess it is because I have made a ton of the other style of puzzle boxes that I find this one easy. Hope this helps a bit though.

          WD I use a #2 reverse spiral blade gotten from Mikes. That seems at least for me to solve most of the issues with the blade wanting to bow when cutting real thick pieces. This makes cutting out the puzzle boxes, moose antlers and other compound cuts much easier. I warn you all it does take practice and using a clamp to hold the work when cutting is real helpful but it is doable and I think you might find it a useful skill to learn. Expect to make a piece of designer firewood or two in the process of making things and learning to control it.

          DW
          Life is hard. It is even harder when you are being stupid.
          John Wayne

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          • #6
            DW,
            Thanks!!! pretty much like a bandsaw box except you cut the lids off a little later as they have to be part of the puzzle...Thanks..
            "Still Montana Mike"

            "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
            Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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            • #7
              They came out great, Interesting that you used a spiral.
              When I did the test cuts for the boxes my first one did not come out very well.
              I had made some changes to my saw that affected how square my cuts were. I spent a fair amount of time tweaking my saw to get it right. I also realized that even after 7 -8 years of scrolling I still tended to push sideways a bit which really screws things up when cutting wood this thick. The spalted Mango is my favorite. It was a bit punky in spots but a little CA glue cured that.
              Rolf
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              And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

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              • #8
                You did a nice job on yours as well Rolf!
                "Still Montana Mike"

                "Don't worry about old age--it doesn't last that long."
                Mike's Wood-n-Things LLC

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the spiral blade tip DW, I like using spirals on certain projects so I will give it a try on the puzzle box whenever the mailman is done with my magazine and decides to deliver it.
                  Gloria ............... Two memorable things to say in life, "Hello" for the first time, and "Good-bye" for the last.

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