Christmas Boxes for Nieces

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Project by PDK posted 12-30-2014 01:25 AM 1218 views 4 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I created a series of rather simple boxes for the holidays. The first three here are what I call “slide-top boxes” (some may call them pencil boxes), and measure roughly 7.5” by 4”. In an effort to personalize each of the 3 boxes, they were done with different joinery: through dovetails, half-blind dovetails, and box joint. In addition to different tab shapes, I incorporated different wood combinations using curly maple, walnut, mahogany, and wenge. Finally, I put each of the nieces’ initials on the inside of the box as to not ruin the aesthetics, but personalize them beyond the wood selection and joinery. I rounded the corners and edges to make them teen and child-friendly. Plus, I kind of like the look of dovetails that have been rounded over – provides an illusion of a longer joint. They were finished in tung oil and a few coats of wipe-on poly.

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#1 posted 12-30-2014 04:00 AM

PDK, nice work. I like the rounded over joints and the finish. The rounding catches the eye and will add to the longevity of the box. The finish really shows off the wood. The tung oil gives it depth. I prefer hinges, but these look like solid designs…well done. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 01-02-2015 04:04 AM

Real keepsakes. Great looking boxes

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