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Project by jm82435 posted 08-06-2014 06:04 PM 1340 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been building boxes lately. It all started when I needed something for a fundraising auction. I decided on a box. But then I couldn’t decide on a design. So I started just building different designs. I like this box and I like the lid, not crazy about the combo… I think I may cut the lid down a little so it is closer to the size of the box. or maybe taper the legs so they are not so blockish. The oak and walnut came out of a church that was being remodeled. I think the oak was chair rail. The walnut was part of a coat rack. It was headed for the landfill. There were a lot of pieces 3/4” X 3-1/2” wide by about 3-4 feet long – about right for these boxes. I removed all the nails then removed the profile and finish at the planer. The Cherry has some curl in it and is pretty. I even like the knot – I think it ties with the small one on the front of the box.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...





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Grumpymike

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#1 posted 08-06-2014 07:58 PM

Personally, I like the lid overhang, It gives it a feel of the Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie Style.
Nice box, pretty grain in that cherry.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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jm82435

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#2 posted 08-06-2014 08:20 PM

Thanks Grumpymike. you are going to loose your reputation as a grumpy old guy if you go around giving compliments though. Maybe i need some more lines in there to run with the prairie style look…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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Pimzedd

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#3 posted 08-06-2014 08:22 PM

Nice box. How did you cut the slope on the top?

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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jm82435

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#4 posted 08-06-2014 09:02 PM

I used a tenoning jig on my table saw. I set the blade angle about 5 degrees and raised it as high as the blade would reach without hitting the jig.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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Daiku

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#5 posted 08-06-2014 09:07 PM

Personally, I like the overhang. As a matter of fact I’ve posted a couple of similar boxes in the past. I’m not saying that they’re better, but I’ll put a link to them for reference:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/35384

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/33842

Thanks for posting,

-- Cal Noguchi

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jm82435

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#6 posted 08-06-2014 09:49 PM

OOh! those are nice! i especially like the second one – with the spalted maple and walnut. There are a lot of interesting design elements there i haven’t seen before. I haven’t seen the round corners, or the fact that it is all (sides and corners) inset into the base. And the integrated feet also add visual interest and balance. Your lids overhang more making a bolder statement. Mine is only as wide as the legs. I also like your proportions. (the lower profile in particular) Thanks for the references. I have to say at least the handle was inspired by the oriental inspired boxes i have seen. It is swooping up on the ends, then undercut like a Japanese arch. It probably would have been more obvious if it had been elevated off the lid with a couple of posts. Guess i need to make another one…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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Boxguy

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#7 posted 08-07-2014 05:48 AM

Jim, I really like your work here. Believe it or not the “windows” version really does have some eye appeal and gives a logic for stopping the legs at a particular level. Perhaps a horizontal element would not be a bad idea.

Just with the idea of sharing, here is a box I made with tapered legs. Mine does not have the dramatic good looks of Daiku’s creations. If you are interested, I have a jig design for tapered legs that may help you, but I haven’t posted it yet. The splines go through the legs and into the box sides. The legs are one piece and cut from a 4 X 4.

Keep boxing and keep posting!

-- Big Al in IN

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jm82435

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#8 posted 08-07-2014 11:53 AM

Thanks box guy I would definitely be interested in your taper jig. It is hard to see from the picture in one view it looks like they are flared out at the bottom? Thanks for your input.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#9 posted 08-07-2014 11:58 AM

Great looking Box!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 08-07-2014 12:53 PM

Nice looking boxes

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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jm82435

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#11 posted 08-07-2014 01:32 PM

Wow, I am honored that you two would even look at this box. Dennis your boxes are amazing – beyond my skill set for sure. Britboxmaker, what can i say – yours are crazy amazing too – i have no idea how you get everything to line up. (yeah I have seen your tutorials – still mind blowing) I am a big fan of you both.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#12 posted 08-07-2014 01:50 PM

Jim, these boxes have a nice design and you did a fine job on them.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Boxguy

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#13 posted 08-09-2014 06:32 AM

Jim, I thought I had done a blog on the tapering jig, but apparently not. It may take a few days for me to organize that. I’ll try to get back to you with the jig.

-- Big Al in IN

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