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Offline HarveyWildes

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#3 Cherry Castoffs Telescope Accessories Box.
« on: October 16, 2020, 02:33 PM »
I bought a bunk of #3 cherry about 14 years ago - drove out to Iowa and filled up a horse trailer.  I was building our house at the time and bought enough to do the trim and the interior doors, plus extra.  Well I got to the trim, but not the doors, so I still have half a bunk left.  My son needed to do some trim recently, so he came up and got some, but he put a few boards off to the side.  He thought they were too bad to be used for anything, so I took the challenge.


These are the boards I started with.


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All of the pictures came out smaller than I anticipated - I'll try to get larger ones in time.
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Offline HarveyWildes

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Re: #3 Cherry Castoffs Telescope Accessories Box.
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2020, 02:36 PM »
Next I filled all the voids with epoxy, dyed black, and glued them up.


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Offline HarveyWildes

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Re: #3 Cherry Castoffs Telescope Accessories Box.
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2020, 02:43 PM »
Next the box joints.  This is a tool box, so I wanted a working box look.


I used a splitter on my dust extractor to hook up both the router and the Leigh dust collection accessory on my router jig (PC, the inexpensive version).  Attaching the hose to the Leigh accessory was ugly but it held out for all of the cuts.


Note that the box joints don't extend over the whole side.  That is to allow me to cut out a section for a drawer front - see finished pictures below.


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Offline HarveyWildes

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Re: #3 Cherry Castoffs Telescope Accessories Box.
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2020, 02:54 PM »
I tried to use the sap wood as a decorative feature on the top and bottom panels.  The top has an added piece for handle support.  I liked the top better before I added it.


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Then the smoke hit.  This is the view from my shop of smoke from the Cameron Peak fire the day after I took the above picture.  Things calmed down a bit after that, but the fire blew up again a couple of days ago.  It's now the largest fire in Colorado history.  I'm watching for evac notices as I write - about 3 miles from our house at the moment.


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Makes woodworking interesting.


Offline HarveyWildes

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Re: #3 Cherry Castoffs Telescope Accessories Box.
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2020, 03:07 PM »
And here are pictures of the finished box.


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This picture shows the drawer detail.  I put a key at the back of the drawer to keep it from falling out, but the key can be removed to take the drawer out if needed.  There is a rounded domino on the front of the box that slips into the top to keep the drawer closed.  The drawers ended up being more smooth and tight than I had expected.


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Finally, the box with stuff in it, including custom Kaizen foam inserts for the eyepieces and other stuff.


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Note that I got several ideas from other makers, then added some features of my own.

Offline ear3

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Re: #3 Cherry Castoffs Telescope Accessories Box.
« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2020, 10:57 AM »
That's a really cool way to integrate the drawers.  And the finish really brings out the natural beauty of the wood.

Pic is a little small so it was hard to make out what kind of tools were in there -- what types of stuff is the box going to hold?

Scary to see the fires so close -- wishing you luck and perseverance.

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Offline Stan Tillinghast

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Re: #3 Cherry Castoffs Telescope Accessories Box.
« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2020, 02:28 PM »
What is in the compartment that slides out on the left? I was thinking filters, but looks like you don’t have astrophotography stuff there.
It’s very attractive, and will leave me unsatisfied with my Nanuk and Pelican cases for sure.

Offline tjskinny

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Re: #3 Cherry Castoffs Telescope Accessories Box.
« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2020, 03:18 PM »
That is a beautiful case.  I like the side drawers too.  Nicely done.