Recipe Box (My First Box...Done!)

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Project by ghazard posted 05-11-2009 05:52 PM 1917 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first box! A recipe box for my wife. Maple and Bloodwood. It was a bit of a long process…about 5 weeks…I only have a few hours at a time. Built for 4×6 cards with room to move. Stock was planed down from 7/8” to 1/2”. Lining the inside of the window with bloodwood came out pretty good actually and was a fun process. The lid fit up ok and laid flush for about a day…then warped significantly, then returned to only slightly warped. The front right edge does not lay flat. Suggestions on the lid? I didn’t mortise the hinges because I just wanted to get this one done. I’ll tackle better hinge installation on the next one. Finished with danish oil.

Question: I attached the lid before I applied the danish oil to the entire box…should I have done oil first? I was worried about having to message the lid to get a nice fit and figured I would want to do that without the finish on…

I also want to add a chain to the lid to keep it from going back all the way…just haven’t found a chain yet.

I learned some valuable lessons regarding tearout and the orientation of the grain during routing, applying an oil finish and got lots of experience squaring corners in the joints and window.

Critiques welcome…lay it on me!

Thanks for looking.

-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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View a1Jim's profile


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#1 posted 05-11-2009 06:26 PM

Hey Jodi Lynn
This is a very beautiful recipe box. a good selection of woods and I particularly like the panel with your name and flowers.
The problem you had with the lid cane be caused by a number of things. When planning wood it is best to alternate from one side to the other so you re leave any inner tension the wood may have equally in addition it allows for equal release of moisture in wood. anther cause could be your wood was not dry and when wood drys it can cup particularly if you leave it flat on a table that means it will dry quicker on the top then on the bottom causing cupping. anther problem can come from buying your wood and building something right away with out letting you wood normalize to the humidity from your shop compared to were it came from.
One more cause is to finish one side and not another this to allows moisture to inter one side more than the other causing…you guessed it cupping. or it could be all of the above. sometimes in spite of all are efforts wood just moves because of internal pressure and we can’t stop it. To try and flatten your top take the top and clamp a straight piece of wood across the lid with a smaller piece in the middle forcing it to bow back to its flat position but applying warm or hot water to the concave part of the board .Try to do this slowly because you could break the the lid. continue until the lid it flexed just a little to much in the opposite direction of the cupping. Then let dry a day or more depending on how humid your weather is. then reapply your danish oil to both sides and cross your fingers.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 05-11-2009 06:42 PM

Thanks Jim…(Although, Jodi is my wife…)

Lots of good things to consider there. It will take some time to remember to keep all these things in mind! That is part of the fun though, right!


-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#3 posted 05-11-2009 07:35 PM

Excellent box…. even moreso being your first!

I don’t really see a problem with attaching the lid before applying the oil. I do this sometimes as well. If you really wanted to be a purist, you could attach the lid, adjust the fit, then remove the hinges before finishing.

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

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#4 posted 05-11-2009 07:57 PM

Wow! Your first box. I might just quit making them. It is really original. Everything about is nice, but I especially liked the window. Don’t believe I’ve seen anything like it before. yes, I have seen a lot of windows, but not on a box! Looking forward to your projects, keep up the good work. Nobody cares if it takes a day or a year to complete a project, its the result that counts and your wife will enjoy it forever.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 05-12-2009 02:45 AM

Very well done. Great design and wood combination . Can’t wait to see what the next one will look like.

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#6 posted 05-12-2009 08:21 PM

Fantastic results. I immediately made it a “favorite” box. I’m still in the box making phase of my addiction to this thing called “WOOD”. Thanks for inspiring me even more.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#7 posted 05-17-2017 03:53 PM

This is a beautiful recipe box and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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