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    Hi all,

    Just thought I'd show you my latest (no, it's not the horse sign...yet)

    I felt like making myself a little box to store my hearing aid at night.

    So this is what I came up with:
    The pattern is adapted from one named woody tribal dragon.gif gotten off one of the two MSN free pattern groups.

    I have one coat of Danish oil on it, and will add semi-gloss lacquer or something later.

    The wood is scrap leftover flooring Beech.

    This was all done using the press drill & scrollsaw, as I do not have a lathe.
    BTW, the pattern is sized/cut 2" high.I used #9 blades to cut the box, and #2/0 to cut the Dragon


    Comments are welcome,
    Marcel
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    http://marleb.com
    DW788. -Have fun in the shop or it isn't a hobby anymore.

    NOTE: No trees were killed in the sending of this message, but a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.

  • #2
    Marcel;
    That is lovely.
    Excellent work especially considering the tools you had on hand.
    I am in no way trying to be critical but perhaps a ring of felt in the bottom would look nice or use flocking on the inside of the box.
    Either than that it looks just fine the way it is.
    W.Y.
    http://www.picturetrail.com/willyswoodcrafting

    The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us

    Delta P-20 Scroll Saw, 14" x 43" Craftex Wood Lathe and Jet 10" Mini Lathe .

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    • #3
      Great job Marcel, always crossing that artisan line arent you!
      CAЯL HIRD-RUTTEЯ
      "proud member of the best scroll sawing forum on the net."
      Ryobi SC180VS scroll saw EX21

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      • #4
        I like the box and the idea that your creative skills were not limited because of a lack of the right machinery!

        Tony Ward

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        • #5
          very nice! Speaking of dragon box, wasnt the contest winner supposed to have his dragon box in the summer issue? Dale
          Dale w/ yella saws

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          • #6
            Marcel that dragon face is awsome and something hit me that dragon would be scary as can be with a set of glowing eyes
            Daryl S. Walters Psycotic scroller with a DeWalt 788

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            • #7
              Marcel , your dragon looks great. and I love the box what did you do there. are you turning now.?. your growing in leapes and bounds.
              Evie

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              • #8
                Marcel, very nifty, It took me awhile before I could visualize how that project could even be possible with a scroll saw. I'm impressed. You must dream about wood in your sleep to come up with these neat ideas. Thanks for sharing.

                Mike
                Mike

                Making sawdust with a Dremel 1680.
                www.picturetrail.com/naturephotos

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                • #9
                  Way to go Marcel! Ahhh, the creative mind is a marvelous thing.

                  Lathe? Marcel doesn't need no stinking lathe!
                  Bill

                  DeWalt 788



                  aut viam inveniam aut faciam

                  God gives us only what we can handle.. Apparently God thinks I am one tough cookie.....

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                  • #10
                    Outstanding Job!

                    You've raised your personal bar high with this one, Marcel. Absolutely wonderful job, especially considering the tools you used.

                    I tip my hat (and budweiser ) to you!
                    ‎"Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They're easier to ignore before you see their faces. It's easier to pretend they're not real before you hold them in your arms. But once you do, everything changes."

                    D. Platt

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                    • #11
                      Thank-you all.

                      I should have mentioned the process I used.

                      Tools used:
                      Drill press
                      Forstner bits
                      Circle cutter drill bit
                      DW788 scrollsaw
                      2 pieces of left over Beech wood from the downstairs floor 4 years ago.

                      I used the circle cutter to do the outside lip first, then used the Forstner bit to do the box cavity. The reason for that order is that the circle cutter's center bit makes a centering hole for the Forstner bit. I then scrolled following the outside of the lip for my outside diameter.

                      I went to show it to my wife and that's about when I realized it wouldn't be deep enough. So I glued a second piece I cut from the first piece's left over that I got when I trimmed the piece in order to scroll saw it (you still following?) to the bottom of the first piece that was scroll sawed. And the next day after the glue had dried, I scrolled following the previously scrolled circle, then re-bore the inside with the Forstner bit to a proper depth.

                      That's about it for the bottom part.

                      I measured the bottom part to make the lid.

                      I followed the same procedure: circle cutter for the inside lip and Forstner bit for the cavity.

                      I then looked at it and decided it needed personalizing. So I came to the pattern vault on my PC and started looking at what I could use.
                      This one wasn't my first choice, but the other one, well lets just say it would have been as hard as doing a chickadee stamp size (or just about).

                      I started the dragon skull, and had to use creativity a few times. I'd cringe every time, swear a few times, finish the cut trying to smooth out the little kink or nick the broken piece left behind, then I would take off the same piece on the mirror side for symmetry.

                      Sanded down to 320, and used Tried & True Danish oil for the first part of the finish.

                      Bill you are absolutely right about the inside. I was thinking of trying out the mini flocker I got from LV, but wasn't sure about the green (that' the one that comes with the mini "trial" kit). So I started looking into putting black felt.

                      Then came the questions:
                      Do I glue it to the box?, With what?
                      Or do I glue it to a cardboard inserted inside, and maybe tack glued if required?
                      Or do I use the green flock?
                      Which would look best?

                      Then the ego kicks in:
                      The heck with all that, take pictures and post it: go brag that you are proud of the results even though it's not finished yet, and couldn't wait to share.




                      Actually to be honest I went through some rough stuff this past week: I found out last week that my mom passed away March 17th 2004, and her mom on June 15th of the same year, and that is why I couldn't track my mom down when I looked for her in the last 2 years.

                      As you can see we weren't what you would call close, I got into an argument with my mom 10 years ago, and we had not spoken since. My wife kept in touch with her for a while, but I guess she stopped after a while. My grandma was suffering from dementia since before that, and was in a nursing home. She practically raised me, and I could not stand to see her like that, so I didn't visit her. Someone told me that she wasn't recognizing anyone at some point and that was it for me, I shut her out and kept good memories of her.

                      The source and way it came out of the blue, and the news of their death was still somewhat of a choc, and I needed the morale boost.

                      And I respectfully request you don't allude to how we should talk while everyone is alive, or to family relationships; Keep the reply's subject on the Dragon Box, not me or my family story.

                      Thanks for being there.
                      Last edited by Marcel in Longueuil; 07-10-2006, 10:50 PM.
                      http://marleb.com
                      DW788. -Have fun in the shop or it isn't a hobby anymore.

                      NOTE: No trees were killed in the sending of this message, but a large number of electrons were terribly inconvenienced.

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                      • #12
                        I am liking this place a little better every day. Marcel, your approach reminds me of . . . me. Some folks call me cheap ~ I think of it as creative in a practical way. Not many folks would come up with a design and an item like that because they would only say, 'oh, I don't have the proper tools!' I think the proper tool here is the one between your ears - the rest were just crutches to help you get to where you needed to go. That's a great piece and a wonderful job. I like the dragons myself and have cut out several. I like your dragon!

                        John
                        of the desert
                        I've Got A Lot More To Learn
                        About Leaving Battlegrounds Alone
                        "~~ Molly Venter

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                        • #13
                          Very nice, I like the simple solution for the lack of lathe. Thanks for the explanation on how you did the steps with a circle cutter. Now you know you need to get a mini lathe

                          I am always impressed by clever problem solvers, I wish there were
                          more people like you here at work.
                          Rolf
                          RBI G4 26 Hawk, EX 16 with Pegas clamps, Nova 1624 DVR XP
                          Philosophy "I don't know that I can't, therefore I can"
                          Proud Member of the Long Island Woodworkers Club
                          And the Long Island Scrollsaw Association

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