The Box Addiction Grows

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Project by Russel posted 10-01-2008 10:39 PM 1808 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There is something about making boxes that just makes you want to make more. I’ve caught the fever. These boxes are the result of going out to the shop and wanting to make something, but not having any specific plans in mind. Looking around I saw that I had a fair collection of lumber that was taking up space and wanted to become something. So I thought I’d oblige.

The first picture is the latest collection. Going clockwise from the top left …

1. Butternut with a spalted Maple panel lid. 10×13 x 2

2. Birch with a slip on top. 8×5 x 3.5

3. Two Walnut coved side boxes with Birdseye Maple top. 5×3 x 3.5

4. Ash box with a cherry top. 6×3 x 3

The second picture is a closer look at the spalted maple top which I thought looked pretty cool.

The third picture is a closer look at the birch box with the slip on top which was kind of a challenge to get to fix right, but fun to build.

I can understand why Don loves little wooden boxes.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#1 posted 10-01-2008 10:51 PM

Hi Russ!
Great boxes! As you know, I do not build, but I sure love boxes! And theses are very classy!
Is that a “seed box” I see there? ;-D

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss!

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#2 posted 10-01-2008 10:55 PM

Yes one of them is the now famous seed box. When the Mrs. saw it, there was no way it wasn’t going to be hers. ;-)

-- Working at Woodworking

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#3 posted 10-01-2008 11:05 PM

Russ, I am new to woodworking and my first venture is going to be boxes. I am almost finished setting up my shop and you have inspired me to begin my learning process. Great boxes and thanks for the inspiration!

Bob in West Michigan

-- Have you hugged your tools today?

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#4 posted 10-02-2008 12:04 AM

Great looking collection of boxes!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 10-02-2008 12:38 AM

Beautiful boxes, Russell.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#6 posted 10-02-2008 12:40 AM

Love that seed box Russ.I saw one just like it on Gt. ( lol ) The Mrs. sure is one lucky gal.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#7 posted 10-02-2008 12:45 AM

Great looking boxes. I am curious about the butternut one at upper left. I am guessing that you assembled the box and then cut it open to create the lid. I am looking to make a box using this technique and I was wondering if you used a BS or TS to cut it open. Also did you shim the box open during the cut or leave a little material and finish with a handsaw. Thanks.

-- Jim, SE PA

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#8 posted 10-02-2008 12:51 AM

Good guess Jim. That’s actually the first time I did it that way. I used my table saw to cut it because I have yet to install the riser on my bandsaw. I cut all the way through each side and did some sanding afterward. Fortunately, my hand was steady and sanding was minimal. The shim is a good idea, I wish I had thought of it.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#9 posted 10-02-2008 02:38 AM

These are really cool, Russel! I like how you posted them as a collection. Good designs and shapes. I’ve got the fever too, its contagious. I don’t know who passed it to who though. And I’m pretty sure there is no known cure.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 10-02-2008 02:52 AM

Cure? Who wants to be cured? :)

Great looking collection!

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#11 posted 10-02-2008 03:25 AM

Great work and a very nice assortment…..: )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 10-02-2008 03:41 AM

these are fantastic russel…you are very talented…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#13 posted 10-02-2008 04:45 AM

Great collection of finely crafted boxes. Thanks for sharing, Russel.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#14 posted 10-02-2008 05:03 AM

Didn’t I tell you this would happen? Now youre addicted. There is no cure. You can only get relief by making another box.

These are great, by the way!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 10-03-2008 05:13 AM

Practice makes another box and these are great, it amazes me the work that goes into making them. The spalted maple is nice thanks for sharing them with us. I like the coves and was wondering how you did them?


-- Ron Central, CA

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