a walnut gift for my mom in law

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Project by Mike Shea posted 06-21-2007 08:19 AM 2102 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this box was one of the first real boxes that i ever made. ited was for my mother in law’s birthday. excuse my spelling im horrible. anyways my mother in law had so much jewlery it was rediculouse. she tossed all of it in a glass bowl in her room. for anyone who has ever made a gift for someone they know that its a perfect opurtunity to experiment with a few things that you would never try if it was for a paying customer. this was long before i discovered i could do box joints on the table saw with a box joint or dado blade. i used the router table with a straight bit and a jig. lets just say it wasnt to succesfull and i ended with allitle gap in every joint. that was because i didnt use i spiral up cut or down cut bit. i used a two fluted straight instead and got allot of chip out. once again this is before i knew. i also found out how to make the checkerboard patern on this box. wich was actually really easy and became something that i love to do just because of that reason, i also wanted to incorporate mitered splines in the lid in base with contrasting wood. that was also an experiment in that i learned you should use a flat bottomed toothed blade instead of one with a set in the teeth. lets just say that i had v grooves in all my cuts,,,, bad…. haha. but thats how we learn. all in all it didnt come out that bad and she loved it. besides this box brought me to realize that i love box making. oh and this is when i found that when using nice wood it is well worth it. this box got me out of the pine, oak, and poplar rut that i was in. i know work with nothing but domestics, or exotics for that very reason. not that thiere is anything wrong with oak or pine, some people love oak, especially those who like mission stlye furniture but those woods just werent for me. i like collor and contrast.

-- i can do all things through christ who strengthens me

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#1 posted 06-21-2007 12:10 PM

what a beautiful box AND present!!

now she can “toss” her jewelry into the box, close the lid and smile at the beauty and thoughtfulness of the gift.

Well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 06-21-2007 02:25 PM

Great box, Mike.

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

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#3 posted 06-21-2007 02:34 PM

Nicely done….and for your mother-in-law no less. You deserve a medal.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#4 posted 06-21-2007 04:08 PM

Great job again!! Your mother-in-law must be a real nice lady to get something this nice. Again, great job!!!

-- ron,wv

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#5 posted 06-21-2007 04:11 PM

I wish I had the patience for this kind of work. Great box.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#6 posted 06-21-2007 04:57 PM

Mike, that’s a really box. Excellent craftsmanship. You have found a very worthwhile calling that you have obvious skill in both design and execution. Great box!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 06-21-2007 06:05 PM

Beautiful box for a first or a 10th. Very well made. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 06-21-2007 11:12 PM

We ALL should have a mother-in-law deserving of a box like that.

-- Dan

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#9 posted 06-22-2007 06:15 PM

It’s beautiful! What type of wood did you use? Great box joints and the checker board top really makes it pop.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#10 posted 07-07-2007 01:02 PM

I can’t believe some of these keep getting by me without comment. Mike, I just love small wooden boxes!. Great start, and a terrific learning experience. judging from another box that you’ve posted, you are on a fast-tracked learning curve, to mix my metaphors.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#11 posted 07-07-2007 08:25 PM

Nice work Mike!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#12 posted 07-12-2007 01:25 AM

I guess a TAG called “small boxes” needs to be started so Don can do a quick search! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 07-07-2014 01:58 PM

Very nice looking box. Great job!

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