Sorry to be away so long... Been making Babies!

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Project by maplerock posted 06-10-2015 09:25 PM 2422 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I have not been on LumberJocks much lately. I have been saving up my strength for some marathon baby making sessions. Sometimes I’m too tired, but it feels really good to crank them out. They are so smooth and smell good too.

Here are a few of my babies />

This one is Zebrawood. It is 4 5/16×2 3/4. pigskin suede bottom with a Rocker stop hinge. Like all of my boxes, the size was dictated by the piece of wood I had to use. Very few of my creations are the same size. Most are different. I like that. It is finished with tung oil and min-wax wipe on poly. It is a perfect size to hold a stack of business cards.

This one is oak with a walnut top. It also has a Rockler stop hinge and a suede lining. The finish is the same.

So what to do with them? They are small. They are indeed neat. Miniature versions of my bigger boxes, identical in construction, they take just about as long to make, and since my delicate fingers are closer to the blades, probably more dangerous to build.

They do give me something to do with my smaller pieces of wood. I really enjoy them. Like my own children, they were fun to make and I consider them little treasures. Next time you have a great piece of wood too small to build with you might reconsider and “get busy” like I did. Please excuse my amateurish attempt at humor!

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#1 posted 06-10-2015 10:02 PM

I like those baby boxes Jerry…! Very nice.
I’ve tried making some smaller boxes but my mind just does not work that way.

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#2 posted 06-10-2015 11:59 PM

Great looking “babies” you’ve got there! Pretty soon you’ll have a hold herd of them!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 06-11-2015 12:57 AM

I have a stack of small box parts awaiting assembly. I keep working on bigger ones. Yours look good. Great inspiration for me.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#4 posted 06-11-2015 01:30 AM

I especially like the Zebrawood box, but the two that look like Coke cans are really authentic looking(that’s my amateurish humor for the day). You should be proud of the kids, they all look great.

-- Doug

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#5 posted 06-11-2015 02:22 AM

LOL… Doug, that’s funny.

Thanks Dean and Greg, they are fun. Greg, your boxes are so great, no way you’d make back the $$$ for the lost time while playing with minis. I’d have to charge at least $100 to make back my time on each of these guys, and not many people in my neck o’ the woods would pay it.

Thank you Robert! I’d love to see yours when you finish. Any questions about my construction, please let me know.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#6 posted 06-11-2015 02:57 AM

Jerry, what a great write-up and a great posting. Thanks for sharing. You are sure putting these small scraps to good use. I wonder if these would make good boxes for wedding rings or gifts like watches. It may be a whole new market. They are wonderfully made and finished. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 06-11-2015 03:25 AM

I like the size of these newborns. Who says a box has to be big. Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 06-11-2015 06:50 AM

Those sure are nice! How did you cut the finger catch for the lid?

-- Tony -

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#9 posted 06-11-2015 09:24 AM

I bet it’s pain in the… to make such small boxes. Awesome design and fingerjoints details.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 06-11-2015 10:40 AM

You wrote:
”...since my delicate fingers are closer to the blades, probably more dangerous to build.”

Why risk fingers? Don’t you use a sled?
Nice looking boxes, err, kids.

-- Gary, Florida

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#11 posted 06-11-2015 11:06 AM

Tony, thanks! I use a Ridgid spindle sander. Turn the bottom half of the box over after cutting off the lid and sand out as much as looks good. Right in the middle.

Gary, I do use a sled when I can, but with the splines, they need to be bandsawed nearly flush before sanding. Also, I have a sled for the mitered corners. No clamps, all hands. I am careful, but still…

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#12 posted 06-11-2015 01:33 PM

You sure do turn out some nice babies. These all are nicely done. Be careful and keep having fun.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 06-11-2015 08:12 PM


I enjoy making boxes this size because, as you said, they are just as challenging as the larger ones, but they don’t use up much material. You can even make them out of scraps.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 06-12-2015 11:03 AM

I’ve got one of those Rigid spindle sanders. I’ll try it on my next box!

-- Tony -

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#15 posted 06-14-2015 10:41 PM

Nice boxes

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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