Mox (man-box)

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Project by Rob posted 03-09-2009 09:50 PM 2641 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Or I guess you could call it a “valet”, but isn’t that French? I think we need an English term for this kind of thing. A man needs a place to put his things and it sure isn’t going to be called a jewellery box!

Anyway, this is my first box. I made several mistakes and learned a lot and have a new respect for box makers. I always thought they were so simple; I mean, they look so simple don’t they? I was surprised at how much time you can put in to something like this.

I think it takes me longer than most because I still have to hand plane my stock.

It’s all made from pieces I had around. The top is a cherry panel framed in beech. The base is ash. The panel was my first mistake. It’s all glued up with no room for movement. I won’t bore you with the rest of my errors; I’ll just keep them secret.

The inside is lined with fake suede. I used Gary K’s method of spray adhering it to thin cardboard. The fourth pic shows how the inner pieces are removable so that the liner can be removed and cleaned. I finished with shellac.

Thanks for looking; all comments/critisims are welcome.


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#1 posted 03-09-2009 11:02 PM

ha! I love it – “not a jewelery box”

I’ll have to look up Gary K’s liner method – that looks very slick.

I’ve been wanting to make one of these for quite a while except have my cell phone charger strung into it, you’ve got me inspired again…


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#2 posted 03-10-2009 01:33 AM

It’s so true that things are harder to do than they look. This is a nice looking box and seems to be something that will be well used. Mox… I don’t know that it will catch on.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#3 posted 03-10-2009 01:39 AM

Nice job on your first box. Usually when I do something the first time it lands in scrap pile.

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#4 posted 03-10-2009 01:39 AM

Nice job, Rob. You won’t have much panel movement in a piece that size, so you may be OK.

-- John, co-owner Sawdust 'n Stitches

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#5 posted 03-24-2009 07:17 AM

It took a lot of moxie to make a mox box, well done.


-- wood crafting & classes

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#6 posted 04-09-2010 04:37 AM

very well done!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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