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terraclarke
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Small wooden accessory boxes new
      #5555549 - 12/05/12 11:53 AM

I was looking around on the internet today for several small wooden boxes to house vintage Japanese diagonals, eyepieces, etc. in. I came up with these. One of them has the same clasp as my Unitron Unihex box. I thought that some balsa wood inserts and felt my make these useful little containers.

www.ssww.com/product/?sku=WD20&cm_mmc

www.woodcrafter.com/bx3211keepsakebox.aspx

http://www.consumercrafts.com/store/details/catalog/basics-wood-boxes/9151-57...

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Re: Small wooden accessory boxes new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5555558 - 12/05/12 12:07 PM

Thanks for the info. wonder who else makes these boxes? Might make a lot of us happy not to have to make these things. If we could find some made out of Mahagony that would be fantastic.

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David E
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Re: Small wooden accessory boxes new [Re: starman876]
      #5556216 - 12/05/12 07:05 PM

Those are nice looking boxes. I get a lot of unfinished wooden boxes from my local Hobby Lobby to use for my classic accessories. They have weekly 40% off coupons right now.

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Re: Small wooden accessory boxes new [Re: David E]
      #5556366 - 12/05/12 08:27 PM

That's cool David, we have Hobby Lobby where I live. I'll check 'em out. Thanks

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Re: Small wooden accessory boxes new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5556518 - 12/05/12 10:00 PM

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That's cool David, we have Hobby Lobby where I live. I'll check 'em out. Thanks




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Re: Small wooden accessory boxes new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5556680 - 12/05/12 11:42 PM

Careful what you entrust to them!

"Craft" boxes are glued together with thin-ply - and usually equipped with flimsy, pinned hinges...


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Re: Small wooden accessory boxes new [Re: Bob Myler]
      #5560684 - 12/08/12 11:02 AM Attachment (17 downloads)

I found one yesterday at Michaels Crafts that is almost exactly the same size as the Unitron six eyepiece box. The sides are 1/4 inch thick and the joints could easily be strengthened with small brass wood screws. It was 3 bucks with brass hinges and a very nice brass clasp. Not having a box for my Unitron eyepiece set which I have just completed, I got it. I am going to polyurethane it and felt line it. Any thoughts on how to make the platform with 6 one inch holes to insert the eyepieces in? The interior dimensions are approximately 8 long by 2 1/2 wide by 1 3/4 deep (inches). BTW I was told that an original unitron box costs as much as the set of eyepieces

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Re: Small wooden accessory boxes new [Re: Bob Myler]
      #5561346 - 12/08/12 07:01 PM

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Careful what you entrust to them!

"Craft" boxes are glued together with thin-ply - and usually equipped with flimsy, pinned hinges...




That would describe many of Hobby Lobby boxes. But you can reinforce them if needed. I find most of the boxes can be used as-is for the light weight accessories of classic scopes though. H-L also sells pieces of wood, various shapes and thicknesses. I got one piece, cut it to fit and drilled with 1" holes, and glued it into a box to hold some .965 eyepieces and a diagonal.


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Re: Small wooden accessory boxes [Re: terraclarke]
      #5561347 - 12/08/12 07:02 PM

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I found one yesterday at Michaels Crafts that is almost exactly the same size as the Unitron six eyepiece box. The sides are 1/4 inch thick and the joints could easily be strengthened with small brass wood screws. It was 3 bucks with brass hinges and a very nice brass clasp. Not having a box for my Unitron eyepiece set which I have just completed, I got it. I am going to polyurethane it and felt line it. Any thoughts on how to make the platform with 6 one inch holes to insert the eyepieces in? The interior dimensions are approximately 8 long by 2 1/2 wide by 1 3/4 deep (inches). BTW I was told that an original unitron box costs as much as the set of eyepieces




Michaels has some really nice pre-finished craft boxes that can be used for astro-accessories.


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Re: Small wooden accessory boxes new [Re: David E]
      #5561973 - 12/09/12 08:11 AM

I have a few, they work quite well.

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Re: Small wooden accessory boxes new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5562049 - 12/09/12 09:24 AM

How 'crafty' are you? If not very, I could make your EP shelf for you from exact drawing. Cost of material (not much) and postage. Labor free. You can see pix of my work in the member gallery.

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Re: Small wooden accessory boxes new [Re: kfiscus]
      #5562172 - 12/09/12 10:43 AM

would be great if we could find some boxes that would fit the mounts. I am sure somewhere, somehow at the sencond star to the left we can find some.

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Re: Small wooden accessory boxes new [Re: starman876]
      #5562192 - 12/09/12 10:55 AM

http://www.amazon.com/Art-Advantage-Wooden-Supply-Chest/dp/B000AIF174/ref=pd_...

check out this box. Now I wonder what we could store in one of these. Slight modifications required.


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Re: Small wooden accessory boxes new [Re: starman876]
      #5562201 - 12/09/12 11:00 AM

http://www.google.com/search?q=large+wood+storage+boxes&hl=en&tbo=u&a...

Have fun checking these out


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Re: Small wooden accessory boxes new [Re: starman876]
      #5562333 - 12/09/12 12:13 PM

When I get around to it I'm going to buy a box joint jig for my router and make some large boxes for my Unitron Mount, Legs and my Tasco 7TE from Rockler.

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Re: Small wooden accessory boxes new [Re: dgreyson]
      #5562882 - 12/09/12 06:08 PM

Wow, that is so nice Ken. I am still trying to figure out how to get the 1 inch dia holes in the "platform" of the "unitron" eyepiece box I am "making" or rather, customizing
That box at Amazon is amazing Starman. It looks as nice as the ones at Wooden Wonders that cost 200 bucks.


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Re: Small wooden accessory boxes new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5563434 - 12/10/12 01:02 AM

I use a brace and wood auger bit but those are kinda Amish obsolete now, a 1" Forstner Bit with a 3/8" Shank is what you want, they go for about ten bucks. Try Rockler or some other tool place like Harbor freight or northern tools.

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Re: Small wooden accessory boxes new [Re: terraclarke]
      #5563437 - 12/10/12 01:05 AM Attachment (11 downloads)

Okay, my box for my classic Criterion eyepieces is not wood, but I like it.

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Re: Small wooden accessory boxes new [Re: Mr Magoo]
      #5563439 - 12/10/12 01:06 AM Attachment (11 downloads)

I need to get some pluck foam for it. I just lay them down now.

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