Monday, January 9, 2012

No Comment #1 - Follow-up

Voilà, the bombe box I made for my mom in the first "No Comment" build.  If you didn't watch the video yet, well, sorry, that picture is a spoiler for what was built, but it was a fun video to watch.  I thought so, anyway, and the comments were all in line with that.

So the future will see more No Comment builds for smaller projects with the blog posting at least pointing out some techniques you can watch for in the video.

I filmed the video while working on the project; although I say "I just flipped on the camera and worked", there's always a fair amount of time thinking of some angles you want to take and monkeying with the camera and your work pieces to accomplish it.  And the lights, good grief, the lights.  Three tripods in a shop take a surprising amount of space!!  Definitely still impacts your speed on a project.  But it's true that I'd finally hit record and go...

That meant a lot of footage on my iMac for processing.  Would you believe 10 hours 7 minutes and 15 seconds worth of raw footage coming in at 156 Gb.  ...and I didn't import at full resolution!  While a totally worthless statistic these days, that would work out to 111,000 floppy disks... which is a stack as tall as a 173-story sky-scraper (with a 4' antennae on the top :)

...all that reduced to 26 minutes.

The original design came from Charles Neil as part of a Lumberjocks challenge.  All of us in his guild liked it enough to bug him into interrupting the table series going on in order to do this box.  So in December, his  guild members got around 6 hours of video.  That's nuts!  Not complaining :)

I used his guild videos to learn how to make this box; it was the first guild-build of any kind I've built with few modifications.  Loved the results.  If the techniques in the video are familiar to you, you could likely watch it a time or three to draft up a build plan if you wanted to build your own.  If not, the video series that was on the guild is now on a DVD in his store; since the whole Lumberjocks challenge tried to raise money for charity, the sale of this DVD benefits the Wounded Warriors Project charity.

Someone asked me how long the whole build took.  It took about 11-12 hours including the filming, which adds significantly.  That includes finishing since I did the finish as much as possible along the way.  Naturally the "middle-ing" (what I call finishing since it's about the midway point...) takes a fair amount of extended time because you spend 15-20 minutes wiping on a finish then ignoring it for 10 hours.  I only counted the 20 minutes.

Another viewer asked about the tool I used for routing out the recess for the hatch pull.  That's a Foredom rotary tool and a William Ng router base.  Also use his bits since they come with a collar so you can easily set your routing depth and swap between bits and the depth is the same; very nice feature.  This is a pretty new tool for me, but I'm loving it.  Thing is, I picked that pull because my mom would have a very difficult time with the holders in Charles' version (very bad arthritis).  The pull is much easier for her to use, but I got it after I had the panel done.  Loved the precision of the tool: the wood behind the pull's bowl-shaped bottom is less than 1/32" thick.  It was prefinished plus I had wiped some thinned epoxy on the wood earlier in the process.  Actually had to sand the back of the bowl a bit to seat it correctly.  A bit of epoxy on that thin wood on the inside reinforces it.

Bob Kloes sold me some fantastic Tiger Maple for the box; the Walnut I had here in the offcut bin :)  Just tonight a fellow woodworker came over to see the rest of the wood I got from Bob... the 8/4 bird's eye is amazing and it isn't planed yet!  Nice stuff.  I have to re-air dry that board cuz of drool.  I don't normally find stuff like this around here; maybe in your area, selection is better (bravo for you!)

He also has some special boards so call him to see what else he has; I got some Maple with knot inclusions... not something everybody would want, but I definitely wanted it.  Also, for this box, it turns out he has a kit of all the right stock; if doing the cove on the table saw and all the ensuing clean-up turns you off, have Bob run it through his molder for you.

Great project; thanks for putting that together, Charles!

(Extra note: I recently did a blog entry on other uses of the Domino; give it a look again as I've added additional uses like a laptop stand in the shop and using Dominos to hold mirrors in place)


  • Anonymous said...

    How did you finish the Box? I noticed you used several products.
    Thank you

  • HalfInchShy said...

    The finish wasn't very complicated; in fact it was all in there... basically 2 coats of Arm-R-Seal Satin followed by a glazing coat of General Finishes Water-Based Golden Oak stain then more coats of Arm-R-Seal Satin to finish it off. It was so easy, it snuck by in the video ;)

  • bob kloes said...

    Hey Paul, you were talking about the birdseye and then showed the bark inclusion. Thought maybe someone stole your stock. Glad to know you liked the wood. Still have kits and lots of wood left. bob