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    sailforfun15
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    I finished this a few days ago and am almost caught up with the “pencil” box. This was an experience for two reasons: first, the only decent looking 1/2″ stock at the local big box store was aspen. I had never used this and was surprised that it planed up nicely–IF I planed with the grain. Going against the grain resulted in really bad tear-out. Unfortunately, I could find no way to determine which ways was with the grain without taking a test plane. The second challenge was the box bottom. I could not find 3/8″ stock that was wide enough, so I bought 3/4 inch poplar and resawed it with my freshly sharpened (by Mark Harrel) Disston 6 ppi rip saw. The first side went well, but I got way off on the other corner, which made it more difficult than it should have been. Took about an hour followed by 30 minutes of planing to clean up the side I wanted to use. Three coats of shellac later and you can only see all of my mistakes if you look closely.

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    #7355
    Anonymous
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    Nice work Todd, good job

    #7357
    Anonymous
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    Wow, that’s nice Todd! I love the tiger stripes that came out. I’m going to add aspen to my list (if I can find it) after seeing yours turn out like that.

    That took some cojones to try re-sawing by hand. Good job of it too. I haven’t tried that yet. I was waiting for someone else to go off the high dive first, so to speak.  😉

    #7361
    sailforfun15
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    Thanks guys. I may make a pencil box out of the aspen that I have left, but before I even start I will determine which way the grain goes and then mark it through the entire construction process. The tiger stripes came out when I planed it smooth–it felt and looked glassy, even without shellac. But one false move, or a slightly dull plane and you’ll get really bad tear out.

    #7371
    David Gill
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    Todd

    Nice set of chisels in a great box I can not see any of your mistakes, is a microscope needed

    Wigan, Lancs. England :

    #7374
    Florian
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    Nice box! Aspen and poplar belong to the same family so they should be happy living together with your chisels 😉

    And if you got a headache from planing against the grain you could chew its bark which works like aspirin.

    I enjoy working wood in Germany.

    #7401
    JerryH
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    Great box Todd. I can only get Pine from my local store and have never seen Aspen before, looks to have a wonderful grain pattern.

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