Travel Apothecary Box

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Project by Tooch posted 03-20-2015 10:04 AM 1474 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while ago, I posted a project that I made for my wife, called a Mini Apothecary Box (view here ) As I said in that original post, it seems like she has a million of these little bottles, and although that box has served her well at her shop, she wanted one that she can use to transport oils when she does chair massage or house visits.

So this is the end result of her wishes. Its basic dado & rabbet construction, and a mix of Mahogany for the main box, and QS Oak barnwood for the top. For the lid, I used the method of gluing the entire box together first, and cutting the lid off using the table saw after the glue-up. Once again, I included Faux feet (I now am in love with this technique) and a felt liner on the inside base.

The box can hold up to 9 small bottles, and is just what she was looking for. I stained the mahogany with Minwax Red Oak, but left the lid to show its natural beauty. Finished off with 3 coats Arm-R-Seal wipe-on poly.

Thanks for looking, as always be sure to comment and let me know what you think!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 03-20-2015 10:57 AM

Nice work toochhopefully,there is a very nice texture and contrast between the woods!

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#2 posted 03-20-2015 11:10 AM

Really nice piece. Love the wood.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 03-20-2015 03:32 PM

Tooch, this box is a real beauty and has a lot of character.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#4 posted 03-20-2015 03:56 PM

Love this box and best of all, it makes Mama happy which mwans everybody is happy. Great job buddy

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#5 posted 03-21-2015 01:32 AM

Purpose with high style. I like the foot technique a lot.


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#6 posted 03-21-2015 03:47 AM

thanks for all the comments guys, truly appreciated!

Ashe the whole piece was designed around the piece of wood I used for the lid… I really wanted to showcase that piece.

Monte & Charles Thanks for the encouragement

Hoss you know that’s always the most important thing, keeping her happy. Happy Wife Happy Life

Steve I can’t take credit for the foot techniqe (I think it was Boxguy’s) but I’ve recently fallen in love with it!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#7 posted 03-22-2015 12:06 PM

Some fine mini craftsmanship. I like it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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