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Eric Farley 07-17-2019 09:58 PM

Completed Walnut Dice Box Project. Critiques and Tips Welcome.
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Hey all,

I used to do some amateur woodworking as a kid using my dads tools, but after growing up and moving out I haven’t gotten to do anything with wood in over a decade 🙁

Well, I finally bit the bullet and got myself a simple shop setup in my garage and got to do my first project in a very long time! I forgot how relaxing this all is (until it all goes wrong… lol).

This is a simple box made out of some 3/4 x 3 1/2 inch walnut planks I got from Home Depot. I did the inlay work with a laser etcher I DIYed then inlayed sterling silver and jet stone into the wood along with a wood veneer I had from a sample pack, no idea what wood that is, I just liked the way it looked against walnut. I’ll be making an updated version using bubinga with bloodwood accents that is looking to be a really nice combination.

One issue that I’ve run into and could use some advice on is the holes I have to drill for the magnets in the corners. They’re a countersunk magnet so I need to drill a 3/8 hole 1/8 deep, followed by a 1/4 inch deep pilot hole for the screw centered in the larger hole. I’ve looked at countersunk drill bits but they all have 2 issues.
1) The smaller drill bit is always very long, much longer than 1/4 inch and would drill through my box long before the countersink is 1/8 deep.
2) The bits all have a fairly steep angle to the countersink, while the magnets have a flat bottom, so I need as close to a flat bottom as I can get.

I’ve been resorting to just eyeballing it and clamping everything down to get “close enough” but I’d love to have it perfect.

difalkner 07-17-2019 11:12 PM

Welcome to the forum, Eric! Add your location to your profile so it shows in the side panel.

That looks nice - good job! Try some Forstner bits for your magnets. That's what I use and they work just fine.

Show us your shop, tools, other projects, etc. whenever you're ready and jump in on discussions.


sunnybob 07-18-2019 12:35 AM

Use a 3/8" brad point bit first to the correct depth. The brad point will mark the centre of the hole so you can align the pilot drill.

stuffucanmake 07-18-2019 03:32 AM

Hats off!! the is gorgeous!

gmercer_48083 07-18-2019 10:04 AM

Eric, You have done a beautiful job of inlaying. What a nice piece of workmanship!

Pineknot_86 07-18-2019 07:57 PM

First, welcome to the forum. Complements on the box- love walnut and an outstanding inlay.

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