Latest boxes I've made using walnut, cherry, maple, and ash.

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Project by pillpod posted 04-26-2015 01:08 PM 2897 views 16 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi guys,

These are the last three boxes I’ve made and they’re all original designs.

The first one is walnut with an ash core and handle and maple legs. It stands about 6.5”x9”. The entry cuts were made on the right side of the box. The whole right side was cut out and then glued back in. This lets me achieve square or pointed corners. Finished with danish oil.

The second is walnut with wormy maple legs and handle. The wormy maple was an offcut from a previous wormy maple box I made and fit perfectly here. I used the same method to get the square corners. Finished with danish oil.

This last one was inspired by a really cool house I drove by with my girlfriend. We both really liked it so I tried to make a box that looks like it. The whole thing is solid cherry (which is a waste, I know). The drawer front is made of thin strips of cherry with a few walnut mixed in. It was then glued to the drawer front and shimmed with veneer to line up perfectly with the rest of the box. The legs are solid brass I turned on the lathe. They’re about .9” in diameter. I used cheap acrylic for paint and it turned out ok. I finished the painted portions with a random clear coat and the front with danish oil.

Thanks for looking! Any comments are appreciated!


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#1 posted 04-26-2015 01:11 PM

Very nice. I love the curves.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe.

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Gene Howe

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#2 posted 04-26-2015 01:21 PM

Very creative. I really like boxes 1 & 2. I like #3 also. It inspires ideas for other projects.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 04-26-2015 02:19 PM

Great work pill!

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#4 posted 04-26-2015 02:20 PM

super looking boxes. very innovative designs.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 04-26-2015 03:50 PM

I like the unique and modern flair to your designs. Nicely executed!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#6 posted 04-26-2015 05:03 PM

Love how you used the grain to dictate the shape of the first box and it’s handle.

-- Matt in Dripping Springs

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#7 posted 04-26-2015 05:37 PM

Nice boxes! Agree with Matt on the use of the grain in box 1.

-- No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow your progress, you're still way ahead of everyone who isn't trying.

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#8 posted 04-26-2015 06:51 PM

Thanks everyone. The grain on that walnut was the main factor in the design. I’m glad you guys noticed.

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#9 posted 04-26-2015 07:03 PM

Love the boxes and the feet add just that little bit

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#10 posted 04-26-2015 08:07 PM

These are nice designs and you did a fine job on them.

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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#11 posted 04-26-2015 08:10 PM

Nice and very unique boxes.

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

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#12 posted 04-26-2015 11:17 PM

The first 2 have that “mid century” look which I like. The last one is very contempory and is my favorite.

Good job.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#13 posted 04-27-2015 01:57 AM

You did a wonderful job on these boxes, thank you for the history of the builds

-- Norman

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#14 posted 04-27-2015 02:01 AM

I knew I had seen your work before
Wasting my time on reddit has finally payed off.

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#15 posted 04-27-2015 03:59 AM

First two have a Googie meets contemporary feel that I really like. Last one gives me more of a 1963 vibe, not sure why, but I like it too.


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