Project - Lever-Action Boxes #1: Committing Myself

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Blog entry by Dekker posted 10-17-2007 12:14 PM 919 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I’ve finally gone and done it. After blogging about books on boxes , I got the itch to make some boxes! I haven’t delved extensively into boxes, and it has been ages, so it’s like starting new again.

My wife makes jewellery that she sells online and at craft shows. She has a show sometime in late October, and another in early November, and I thought it would be a great idea to offer some jewellery boxes next to the jewellery. I therefore have a motivational deadline to work towards.

So over the last few days (well, ever since I wrote the review) I have been perusing the books for ideas and I have found a few to my liking. You see, I don’t like the standard “jewellery chest.” You see so many of these, and they are imported by the gross from countries with no miniimum wage, and honestly we could never compete with those prices. Instead, I have chosen to take it up a notch and make some really neat boxes.

So yesterday I went to my local lumber yard and browsed their inventory looking for some unique woods. What I really wanted was some spalted maple with some really tight/thick spalting, but it turns out they had no spalted maple at all! So I kept looking and eventually settled on a board of walnut, a board of lacewood, a hard maple ”bat blank”, and two 5×10 sheets of lacewood veneer. The veneer is some really beautiful lacewood that almost has a 3D effect to it, even without the finish on it! It’d be my first veneer attempt, so we’ll see how that goes. I have enough wood to make at least 6 medium sized boxes, maybe more, in a variety of combinations. I also have some leftover cherry from my dressers that I’m sure I can put to good use.

For all my hopes of getting some boxes ready for my wife’s show, I’m really not sure how much time I’ll be able to devote to it. My wife wants/needs to make more stock for the show herself, and I have a 3 month old daughter who I want to spend time with… We’ll see. Maybe I can beg/plead/bribe for some time off to do some woodworking!

I’ll post some pics of the wood, and of my progress as it happens.

-- Dekker -

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#1 posted 10-17-2007 12:24 PM

what a great idea to have the boxes at the show.

Looking forward to seeing your creations

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 10-17-2007 01:19 PM

Sounds like you got a start. Keep it up.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 10-17-2007 03:16 PM

Good luck! Post your progress.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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