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    Exclamation SMC Collaboration 01: Keepsake Box

    Ok guys for the last couple of days my good friend Dewey Torres and I have been talking back and forth both here in PM's and on the phone about a pretty cool concept that we hope will be something really special and perhaps even start a trend here at SMC.
    This is what we want to do.
    Take a simple project such as a small box or something, pass it around all over the country to fellow creekers and have each one add their own touch to it. We realize that a small project like a box would only require a few people but as I said this could be a start of something new for SMC. We thought we would take a simple box, made of walnut dovetailed together with an opening for a small drawer at the bottom. I would take care of supplying the wood for the initial box and get it over to Dewey who would then add some of his spectacular inlay work. Then it would be off to someone else for some base moldings then some carving and finally some finish. Each person involved would be responsible for shipping to the next guy or gal so we feel by keeping the project small it would be easier on everyone.
    We're doing a box, perhaps some others folks here would want to do a small table or cabinet of some kind. The idea here is not to show off or say how great thou art but more to get to know each other better and have a chance to do something we wouldnt normally be able to do, work with each other on a single project.
    The final project we would like to either raffle or donate it for a cause whether it be SMC or another worthwhile effort.
    So, what do you guys think?? We are looking for a carver, someone to do the moldings and any other suggestions you guys may have. We have a finisher in mind already and like I said good ol Dewey will take care of the inlay work.
    If you want in just let me or Dewey know and we can go from there. If you cant get in on this one, start another project with your circle of friends or however you want to work it!! Best part is have fun with it and build something nice!!
    Last edited by Ken Fitzgerald; 08-24-2010 at 10:26 PM.
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    Dewey & Jim, I like the idea. Since my home and shop are in transition from one location to another and will be for quite some time, I'll opt out of participating this time around. I'd love to see the progress though. Perhaps, after I finally get settled in the new place I'll be able to participate.
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    Don, thanks for the encouraging words and by all means, when you get settled we'll do it again and you have a spot reserved just for being the first to respond!!
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    I'll turn the knob or knobs for the drawer.
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    You got it Ken!!
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    Jim,Dewey I think thats a great idea. maybe everyone envolved could sign the bottom or something like that
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    David thats a good idea too, this is what I was looking forward to the most, getting ideas from others, stuff I hadnt even thought of. Thanks!!
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    Excellent idea! I think the last step of the process should be to sell it in some sort of charity auction or donate it to a deserving non-creeker. Of course that's up do the guy providing the wood.

    I wish I could provide some service to the box, but I am trying to finish a dresser, rearrange my shop, and then I am going to be making several bandsaw boxes and other small boxes for my first craft show.

    -R

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    Jim,

    Let me know if you can't find a carver. I may be able to provide a CNC carved rose or other detail for the top of the box. I have the new Aspire 3D software but I'm not proficient with it yet so it might take a couple of attempts
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    Jim,
    Put me down for some feet on your box. Right now I am thinking ogee bracket style, but, let me see the box first!
    Mike

    BTW, Dewey has my contact info.
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    Great idea! One day when my skills are refined enough I will volunteer my services to some part a project like this.

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    Other Ideas:

    LASER COMMUNITY

    Why donít we involve the Laser folks to put all of our names on the box bottom just before the finish? Thoughts?

    HINGE MAKERS:
    Any folks who can do wooden hinges?

    LID HANDLE:
    I know of some Creekers that are very good at these, some who even have stickies on hand made ones.

    THE GUTS:
    Anyone want to tackle the inside? Lift outs? Flocking? Other?

    THE ONLINE CONTRIBUTORS:
    For all those who are not able to participate in the hands on portion, you can still contribute your design ideas but we need them before the construction starts. Extended of course, to this crowd it "what to do / sell / the final product". Putting together the raffle, advertizing, etc.

    All participants who need my contact info please PM. Some of you already have it.
    Dewey

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    Count me in for design (traditional designs specially). I would love to do something physical but shipping costs a lot to Turkey...
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    Dewey,

    Thanks for inviting the laserheads to your project.

    I'd be happy to contribute in any way that I can.

    One thing that I would suggest is that before the box is assembled, that might be the time to send it to the laser folk, since alot of us are limited by the size of an object. For example, my laser bed is 12"x24" and the clearance is 9". Furthermore, if you sent it out before it was assembled, you could send one side to 4-6 different people and the shipping costs would be less. Oh......and of course......the last benefit to doing that is when I screw up my side of the box, you won't have to replace the WHOLE box!!!!

    Let me know if you need me.

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    I'm on board & I like the idea of donating or auctioning off the piece, maybe to help pay for this great forum.
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