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Project by drewpy posted 07-08-2015 03:01 PM 1652 views 11 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was messing around trying to think what to do with some scraps I had sitting around. I grabbed some cardboard and started cutting mock ups of different designs. This is what I came up with. I decided to make a box to hold two decks of cards. I had made a larger card/dime/game box last year for a Christmas present and I have wanted something just for cards for myself ever since.

I wanted the lid to be unique. I ripped the maple to a thickness where 1/2 was recessed into the slats in the sides and the other 1/2 was above the side. I think this added different visual thickness dimensions to go along with all the angle cuts.

The wood – I used black palm and curly maple. The black palm I’ve had for a while and can’t remember where or how I acquired it. The curly maple was left over from the lamp I posted late last year. The box measures 6 ½ x 4 ¾ X 2 without the lift/pull. I simply placed some ribbon to help lift the cards out. I added some small feet to the bottom to somewhat sandwich the black palm between the curly maple.

The finish – For the curly maple I used a mixture of Dark Vintage Maple TransTint Dye and Bulls Eye Seal Coat Shellac. After it dried I sanded with 220 until I achieved a look I was pleased with. The top coat is General Finishes High Performance Polyurethane Water Based Satin Top Coat. I didn’t want to use oil that would darken the black palm and possible blend the two colors within in. I also didn’t want to further yellow the lid after getting the desired look with the tint/shellac/sanding process.

The curly maple turned out to be the perfect top for this lid design because I ended up with a few band saw blade marks from cutting all the angles. I couldn’t sand them perfectly but they ended up blending right in with the curls in the maple.

Learned – I wish I would have messed with the tint mixture a little more on the bottom. It was veneer I had sitting around and got a head of myself and didn’t get it and the lid to match very well. I need to remember to get it right before I glue and assemble. I also wish I would have tried different pull designs. Somehow the one I used got in my head and just went with it. I am pleased with it but I missed a perfect opportunity and try various things.

I am pleased with the finished piece. Now I need to figure out something for our 500 piece poker chip set!!

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





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Dave

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#1 posted 07-08-2015 05:11 PM

Love it. Great design. I like the cardboard idea to get a visual of what you’re thinking.

-- “Happiness? A good cigar, a good meal, and a good woman - or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle.” ― George Burns

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#2 posted 07-08-2015 08:22 PM

Looks great. Like your use of palm wood.
Looking forward to see your solution for the poker chips!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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Woodbridge

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#3 posted 07-08-2015 08:30 PM

beautiful box. That’s a great design.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 07-08-2015 08:51 PM

Excellent design way cool.

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#5 posted 07-09-2015 12:52 AM

Cool design. The curly maple really shows. Keep up the great work.

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#6 posted 07-09-2015 02:16 AM

I really like this. I get requests for game type boxes often. Great work and very nice finish.

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drewpy

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#7 posted 07-09-2015 03:42 AM

Thanks everyone!

kaerlighedsbamsen – I am really not sure how I will make something for the poker chips. I want the trays to be U shaped but don’t have a large drill press to bore out some blocks. I’ll keep thinking. ANY suggestions are welcome.

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

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dlgWoodWork

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#8 posted 07-09-2015 04:23 AM

Nice design and good job building the box. I enjoyed reading your design process, thanks for posting.

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Joe Weaver

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#9 posted 07-09-2015 12:22 PM

well done

-- Joe, Ga

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#10 posted 07-09-2015 01:20 PM

Drew…nice little container. I like it a lot. Beautiful wood.

-- Marvel Woodworking, West Chester, PA - http://www.MarvelWoodworking.com

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#11 posted 07-09-2015 03:23 PM

That black palm is amazing looking

-- Chris, Chef by day, wood worker by night... And most weekends...

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abie

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#12 posted 07-09-2015 04:22 PM

I Just Bot some black Palm wood
Email or message me for the source, if interested. somewhere in the states.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#13 posted 11-05-2015 11:36 PM

That’s pretty spectacular!

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helluvawreck

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#14 posted 04-10-2016 12:20 PM

Drew, this box is so creative and beautifully done. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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