Just for Fun... #46: Boxes in my Blood...

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Blog entry by littlecope posted 05-05-2011 01:09 AM 1955 reads 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Is it possible, that box addiction is hereditary?? I was going through some of my Grandparent’s and my Dad’s things and discovered that they all had a certain fondness for small wooden boxes!!
None of them were home-made, but there were some fairly nice ones in the bunch… Dad’s Parents had a habit of buying His and Hers, so there was two of these little beauties…His and Hers boxes...

These were USED and look it, but I’m impressed by the thinness of the wood used in these…Open

Not sure about their age… On the bottoms, they are clearly labeled, “MADE IN JAPAN”...
The next one was a dandy little recipe card holder…A Cedar recipe card box...

This one has the simplest of hinge arrangements, a small brass triangle tacked to the corners… I’ll have to borrow the idea some time…Hinge detail...Hinge open...

Perhaps the prettiest of this collection is this veneered “baby” box…Cutest little box of the bunch...

My Dad was not forgotten!! Some kids back in the “old days” wanted to grow up and be firemen or cowboys… Dad dreamed of being a Pirate!! His Parents got him a fine “Pirate’s Chest” for him to hoard his treasures…A Pirate's Chest suitable for a young boy's treasure

His treasure is still safe and sound… My Dad's small "treasures"...
Last, but not least, are two pencil boxes that are (I think) the oldest ones in the collection. One is my Great-Grandmother’s and the other my Grandfather’s… though it’s no longer certain, who’s was who’s…
She would have been of school age in the late 1880’s, while he would have been circa 1910…
In any event, they’re each over a hundred years old…Two small pencil boxes...

One is a slide top, while the other is hinged…Pencil boxes open...

I’m frankly amazed by the durability of the small box joints and thin wood in all of these pieces!!Detail of small finger joints of pencil box...
Maybe, my desire to make small boxes is entirely out of my control, and just… in my genes… :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 05-05-2011 01:15 AM

At least you KNOW where you got your penchant for boxes now!
Boxes are in your blood ;-)

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 05-05-2011 01:19 AM


I think you may have just uncovered a here-to-for unknown gene. We’ll name after you “Mikaconous Boxodici”!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 05-05-2011 01:47 AM

Your secret is out of the box now..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 05-05-2011 02:17 AM

I can prove now that you are much into a newer generation of genes of your loveones in the boxmaking. Imagine those beautiful boxes that were handed to you … by just looking at it, the mark in your blood seems to be endless heritage.

One thing very special on above boxes are the hinges…. that is your mark too. Yours currently on wooden ones and that is very peculiar from your blood.

God bless,

-- Bert

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#5 posted 05-05-2011 03:09 AM

what a wonderful
and rich heritage

and that they have survived this long
evidence of the importance
your family placed in these simple treasures

so what type of blood
do you ask for
at the hospital

a oak positive
ab maple
o cherry

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#6 posted 05-05-2011 03:19 AM

Great post Mike.
Your family heritage has wood in the blood for sure.

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#7 posted 05-05-2011 03:43 AM

Looks like you’re boxed in!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 05-05-2011 04:11 AM

While it is nice to have learned of this family intererest in boxes, let’s not diminish something you said Mike…they bought them. You make them and vive la difference! You have upped the family ante big time. Thanks for sharing this with us.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#9 posted 05-05-2011 07:24 AM

Wow to get to see those boxes gets me thinking of the boxes in my life too. My Dad had one that had a duck on the top for a handle and it was positioned as to be flying out of the water! I’ll never forget it as well as pondering over the treasures that he kept for many decades. Thanks for bringing back some memories!

-- $tudie

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#10 posted 05-05-2011 08:30 AM

I like the treasre chest and the pencil boxes the best….

It’s a very cool find. I come from a family of throw awayers,

no treasures left for me to find.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#11 posted 05-05-2011 10:15 AM

Mike, what a great wee collection

Some inspiration as well


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#12 posted 05-05-2011 01:07 PM

Thanks everyone for your interest and comments…
Except for the pencil boxes, which were in my Parent’s house for many years, I had no idea that any of these even existed!! I was picking through cardboard boxes, looking for anything interesting or valuable, when I found them… and they were all “EUREKA!” moments to me as I found one after another…
I’d, at least, like to think that my ancestors would have appreciated some of my small efforts…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#13 posted 05-05-2011 01:20 PM

Hi Mike. those are some real neat old boxes. I think a box that would make a nice gift is a wood box for you eyeglasses. That could be made really neat and engraved to make it personal. Someone gave me that Idea when they saw my grease box and thought it was an eyeglass box. Thanks for showing these to us and have a great day!!!!!!!!!............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 05-05-2011 11:18 PM

beautyfull Box´s Mike and with a nice historic to them :-)
make some small notes and put into to them of what you know about them
maybee one from the next generation will preciate them as much as you do :-)

thank´s for sharing

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#15 posted 05-06-2011 01:46 AM

Those are some nice boxes, what a nice find.

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