Saturday, September 1, 2018

Random little boxes

Just some fun projects thats been shelved for a while.

Black walnut hard maple, and birdseye maple lid.


Full 3D contoured pull handle


Base of walnut piece is 3D relief cut with ball end mill. 
Hard maple mid section fully 3D cut to make to base piece. 
Walnut on the top surface of the base. Fun project to work on 3d mated jointing.
Seems to work just peachy. 


Interlocking lid design with no machined lip, but machined 3D contours on lid and base piece. 


Black walnut base with fully 3D machine "feet" and lid matching corner notches. 
Purple heart natural color, naturally finished with Satin lacquer. 


Ebony base machined from cut off. I try not to scrap wood if possible. This is machined from the end grain so grain on base is vertical. Machined asymmetrical because the "tail" the base is made from hade an angle cut left on it. so I used that as a design feature. 


Quartersawn sycamore lid, 3D finished on the interior to match the base component. 


Narrow on one end, thicker on the other. Your eyes are not deceiving you. 



When mated together, fit flat. Sweet!


Let me make something for you too. 
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Very cool box being created here.

This is for someones special little one. it will be a combination large box with removable tray, tooth fairy box compartment, and overall cool place to keep some stuff. 

Starting off with a little black walnut. about 2 inches thick. 
decking the surface flat


Pocket one cutting


Pocket two cut


tooth fairy box pocket machined into base. It has its own home


Curly Hard Maple again about 2 inches thick


zoomed up image of tooth box pocket


Machined upper level of base


Very cool mineral streaking in the maple, It was placed here intentionally. You cant let that all go to dust


Outside shot of mineral streaking



aromatic cedar that will be used in this piece as removable tray, and an engraved lid feature. Should keep this baby smelling great for years. This box BTW is 12X8 inches by almost 6 inches tall when completed. 


Tray pocket cut. You are seeing this as it happens, This is in process now!


Another shot of the mineral streaks. 


keep tuned. 
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Let me make something for you too! -Bill


Another Frame.......

Gulp This time a really big one. 
Solid Cherry for Nieces Graduation


Roughy 54X36 inches, needed some cool jointing


Pretty standard corners


Swept up in a tornado, now upside down.



The magic in the back. Trying to take weight ot of this frame and keep the long edges from warping. 


Custom hold down pads, and pockets


Pretty neat piece, cant see the machining while its hanging, but I know its there. :)
Hanging hooks one 32 inch centers on either side. 


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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

I'm Back!

Hello all. Sorry I have been very belated in my postings over the last 6 months. Reason being I have a new job and I was getting acclimated and focussing on it. 
I feel I have that pretty well handled and I will be back to normal posting here very soon. 

This was a project I worked on over the weekend. 
Wonderful selection of red oak


Nothing can ever be simple with me LOL 


Machined in pockets for locking pads


Brass hardware, back looks as good as the front


Completed stained with golden oak finished with Satin laquer


How do you machine and hold tiny parts you ask? Nest them and leave them nested and tabbed in main body and snap them out and sand them of. Cut off from Cedar project from a while ago. 


Fun little project to knock the dust off "literally"

For those of you that have recently contacted me on a few project, We will get them underway very soon. 

As always, please drop me a note if you think I could make something special for you too. 
billsbilletboxes@gmail.com

Thanks for looking. -Bill

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Wedding Party Boxes

I have been a bit tardy in my posting this summer for two reasons. Work, and enjoying some time off this summer with my daughter and family. 

Aromatic cedar bases and with birds eye maple lids. 

These are not sanded yet or finished in any way. 


The start of the process getting the bases flat


Starting the base pockets


All pocket and perimeters cut


Just a closer look 


Bases off the machine with undercuts inside the base. Look closely. 
Also Note the 3D rolled lips


Maple Lids starting along their way.  


Inside of lids cut, these will have rolled edges too. 


 A little sanding and finishing and we are set. 



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Monday, July 24, 2017

Updated images of the lid coming together

Its not completed yet but it's been a few since I shared any images of stuff I have been doing. 


Remember that previous post (see below this one)
This center piece is made from that old nasty looking wood. Not so nasty was it?
What you are also seeing on the border of the lid is curly Aspen with mitered jointing. 


It's really quite amazing how well it cleaned up. 
Now that hint of purple you see on the one edge is a surprise for next time once I finish machining the lid to actual finish size. It is a one inch thick piece of purple heart. That one piece more than tripled the weight of the lid. Impressively massively dense species of wood. 


I have to then engrave the special message on the top. Lighten the inside of the lid, machine hinge pockets etc. Then off to the base. 

Please come back and keep looking. I can do something for you too, all you have to do ask. I have had the largest hit month this month so far in the history of this blog site since I started it about 3 years ago. Thank you all who keep coming back. 

billsbilletboxes@gmail.com

Thank you -Bill







Sunday, July 9, 2017

Working on a very special box finally!!!!


I came across some more 80-100 year old walnut. I know its that old because the last piece I came across from the same batch of wood I had gotten from someone I found a square nail in it "Accidentally".


This board fooled me because it is SOO dry and so light, I was doing some machine test cutting to verify dimensions this morning, then I smelled it. OLD WALNUT!

The start of the decking process to remove my test cuts. 


Getting to proper depth now. 


This piece will be the inside inlaid piece to the lid with very special engraving. 



Now you see old damaged wood!



Now you don't. 



One side finished


Now on to this side next


email me please and let me make something for you too, 
More to follow. 

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