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 Post subject: Woodwork and Metalwork
PostPosted: Sun Jan 24, 2010 2:16 pm 
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Does anyone mix their woodwork with their metalwork? Here are some ammunition chests I made with both. First one is Bubinga, second is Red Oak. Both chests are 18" wide, 13" deep, and 12" tall.
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Arrrrhhhh ,those are well made.

Do you do the metal part too?

A Pirate would be proud :wink:


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Yes, I do all my own metalwork. Here is a Civil War Ammunition chest I made exactly to 1862 Government specifications. I have sold 3 of these at $2300 each so far. I recently finished the one in the pics.
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Man, those are awesome too....

I'm curious about the half-blinds... are half blind dovetails traditional/did you consider doing full dovetails? (not that those boxes need them for looks-- they are stunners--) I can certainly see where dt's would help with strength and keep things together no matter the weight of the contents.

Again, GREAT job and thank you for sharing
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Lawrence,
Pardon my ignorance but I don't know the difference between half blind and full dovetails. :confused: These were done with my Porter Cable jig.
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Zulu,
Those are magnificent. This is not something I have done, but, I just signed up for a beginner blacksmith class at a nearby forge. I am really looking forward to this. Again, those boxes look great.
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Zulu wrote:
Lawrence,
Pardon my ignorance but I don't know the difference between half blind and full dovetails. :confused: These were done with my Porter Cable jig.
Zulu


Sorry to butt in, but this will illustrate the difference.

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Great work the combination of wood and metal is a task I have yet to attempt.

Wonderful!

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Here is another one. I made this just cause I wanted to. After it was finished, my wife came in with one of her flower vases and slid it in. It has 1/16" clearance all the way around. Looks like I did it on purpose. :roll: The wood is sycamore from a tree that fell down.
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While not of the detail of your work I also mix metal working and woodworking
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Same as Donald, not quite your combination of wood and metal, but here's a couple of pics of my spin on it.


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Stunning work Zulu! I have to admit that while I'm familiar enough with metal work and have dabbled in it, I just don't have the budget nor space for the tools for it. :roll:

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Nice work, Zulu.

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 Post subject: metal and wood
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I like it.
When you explained the boxes were meant to be for ammo, military use? I understand why they were so heavy reinforced.
My opinion, and that is just an opinion, is that your work would turn out even more beautiful if you turned down the metal parts a bit, then the wood would look better. The joints are superbly executed, from what I can see at the photos. Make sure to make them shine and not to be hidden under too much metal.
The handles look too over dimensioned in my eyes, but hey, they are going to withstand lots of weight and rough use.
The blacksmithed "corner" angles I just love, especially as you hammered it with a ballhammer. Have you tried to heat them up and brush them with lin seed oil? They get a lovely darkish colour that is much deeper and more good loockin than paint and also rust repellent.
And Im a traditionalist, bolts and screws... rivets are more beautiful, but thats just me.
And last of all:
Your work is great. I have saved your photos for future inspiration . Thank you for sharing your work.
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I have used copper sheeting in some of my scroll/intarsia projects, but nothing to your level. The boxes and the vase are absolutely gorgeous work. Since most of what I do is on the small crafty scale what little metal that would be included wouldn't be worth smithing at all.

Thanks so much for sharing your talent and looking forward to your next projects.

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