shut the box game

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Project by jeffswildwood posted 07-24-2014 12:20 AM 1111 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ever since I watched Steve Ramsey’s video I have been wanting to make one of these.Always seemed like it would be fun to build and play. I had some scrap and time and gave it a try. This turned out to be a lesson in fixing mistakes. Between discovering some of my wood had cracked to making the sides too short and lid too thin I really had a challenge.The top was 1/4 inch thick when I trimmed. I made up for this by cutting the (cracked) piece on the TS to 1/4 inch strips (14 of them) and rabbeted the lid pieces 1/8 inch. Created a raised panel look. Still too thin for a hinge I cut more 1/4 inch strips and narrowed them down and glued them to the underside of the top. I now had enough thickness for the hinge and a floating look for my top. I used a grill prop rod for the flippers and sticky back black felt for the liner. Measures 11X11X2 inch thick and stained with red oak. Three coats of gloss polyurethane. Numbers done with a dremel router. This is the first box I made with 45’s on the corners. Total cost was $2.50 for the hinges. What I learned-making mistakes is ok if you can fix them in a way that, when finished, it looks like “I meant to do that”. :)

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#1 posted 07-24-2014 06:14 AM

Turned out nicely, Jeff. What mistakes? This has been on my To Do List for a long time as well. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 07-24-2014 12:23 PM

Thanks Candy, you do need to make one. They are fun to make and play. My problem was I had limited scrap with this wood and when I found one of them was cracked my plans went out the window. Really had to improvise. Thanks for looking.

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#3 posted 07-24-2014 03:08 PM

Nice recovery on the OOPs Jeff. Your box turned out great.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 07-24-2014 03:32 PM

Thanks Lee, it gave me a challenge but I really like the way the lid came out, even if it was an “oops”, or should I say, “I meant to do that”. lol Thanks for looking.

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#5 posted 09-24-2014 02:35 PM

Brings back memories. My grandmother and I use to play this all the time. Very nice work and thanks for sharing.

-- Drew in Ohio -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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