Quatersawn Oak Box

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Project by Christian Holihan posted 06-17-2015 07:24 PM 1936 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this quarter-sawn red oak box. The oak is reclaimed from an old Tennessee barn beam. I like using rabbets on boxes, but i wanted to add some interest to this box so I added walnut pins on the front and back. The lift is walnut as well. The hinges are antiqued brass.

I burnished the oak then filled the pores with beeswax and burnished again. The finish is 3 coats of garnet shellac and then paste wax to shine it up.

8.5” wide, 4” deep, and 2.75” high.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 06-17-2015 10:26 PM

What a nice QSO box, I really like the top detail and the front peg details, it gives this project real personality.

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

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#2 posted 06-17-2015 10:34 PM

Christian, what a solid, attractive, serviceable box. I like the look and proportions. Are you sure the 2.75” is the correct dimension? The inset top is especially well done. Have you considered 45ing the corners? Everything about this box shows craftsmanship. In the spirit of sharing information and for further box making ideas and tips you might consider looking at the index in this posting. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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Christian Holihan

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#3 posted 06-17-2015 11:30 PM

Thanks Grumpy and Boxguy. the box is 2.75 tall maybe closer to 2 7/8, but in that neighborhood. I don’t mitre many box corners because my 1950s tablesaw won’t tilt to 45 degrees and my “donkey ear” jig to hand plane mitre cuts if I use a mitre box is broken. I need to fix it.


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#4 posted 06-18-2015 03:10 AM

Christian, consider this solution to your saw problem.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 06-18-2015 03:19 AM

Great looking box and fine work. I’ve thought about using pegs but haven’t done it yet. Thanks for the visual and thanks for sharing.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#6 posted 06-18-2015 03:26 AM

Very nice work. I also visited your previous work. Keep posting and sharing.

-- Bob

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Christian Holihan

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#7 posted 06-18-2015 01:53 PM

Thanks so much drewpy and bosum3919, Using the pegs was fun. I have always liked the detail they add. I do believe I will be using them again.

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#8 posted 06-18-2015 02:35 PM

This is a beautiful box. Never thought of rabbets for a box, but now I will.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#9 posted 06-18-2015 06:14 PM

Christian, that is a beautiful box and you did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 07-03-2015 04:38 AM

Christian – This box turned out beautiful. What hinges are you using on this box?


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#11 posted 07-03-2015 10:23 PM

Jophus: I could not bring myself to use the $30.00 Brusso hinges that I prefer, so I settled for the Woodcraft version of the solid brass, they were $15.00. They are much better than the $4.00 box hinges in use for smaller boxes. Usefully there is such a big gap when the hinges are closed, it makes getting the lid flush a bit of a chore. Since there is NO GAP with the Brusso hinges, it makes the mortise depth easy to deal with.

I also treated the hinges in a “brass ager” to make them look older.

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