My Good Wife Needed a Box for Her Kitchen Desk

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Project by helluvawreck posted 08-02-2015 04:40 PM 2130 views 10 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife needed a box for her kitchen desk so that she could keep it less cluttered. Over a couple of weeks she had asked me for it three times. I figured that this was the third time so if I didn’t hit the ball I was going to be out. Therefore it had become a rush job. I didn’t even have the right hinges so I just made it a lift lid box. She was happy to get it and I wasn’t out so ain’t life grand? I don’t know why she wanted it to be slightly smaller than what I normally make but didn’t ask any questions either. I just made it and figured that I got off lucky.

It’s maple and walnut and finished with 2 coats of Danish oil and one coat of wax. It is 7-3/8 in. long x 5-1/4 in. deep x 4 in. high. The corners are mitered with six splines each.

Thanks for looking

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#1 posted 08-02-2015 05:01 PM

Sweet box well executed.
I like it a lot, simple but elegant with the splines.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#2 posted 08-02-2015 05:04 PM

Very NICE / COOL box!

She Loves it, I’m sure!

Beautiful job!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 08-02-2015 05:11 PM

Nice box. I like the splines.
I’m the same way with my wife, I don’t do it until she askes about 3 times… Or she starts yelling…

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#4 posted 08-02-2015 05:37 PM

If a man said he’ll do it, he’ll do it. There’s no need to remind him every 6 months.

That turned out fantastic!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 08-02-2015 06:15 PM

Nice box Charles.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#6 posted 08-02-2015 06:20 PM

Awesome looking box. Perfect construction! Great job that will last her for years and you should be proud of it!

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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#7 posted 08-02-2015 06:40 PM

Very eye catching

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 08-02-2015 06:56 PM

Attractive piece, nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 08-02-2015 07:16 PM

Great colors and workmanship. I love the splines.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#10 posted 08-02-2015 07:41 PM

Lots of Splines! LOL! Good to see you’re posting Charles. If she gave you the specs it might be for recipe cards?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 08-02-2015 08:32 PM

Beautiful work Charles!

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#12 posted 08-02-2015 09:33 PM

Very well done. Like the contrast that the splines give. It looks nice on the counter too. Good work.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#13 posted 08-02-2015 10:41 PM

Charles, nice work. You went spline crazy on this one. 24 splines is a lot of cutting and gluing. Looks like a labor of love to me. This box has an appealing color contrast and beautiful finish.

Hinges are handy. In my view, you don’t need the cross pieces at the end of the box that support the tray. Rails at front and back are enough. I like trays that are shorter than the length of the box so you can just reach in and lift the tray out. However, different makers are certainly entitled to have different ideas about that. This is a wonderful gift. It looks more like a home run than a base hit. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#14 posted 08-02-2015 11:48 PM

Perfect box. When you please the wife you have hit a grand slam.

-- Bob

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#15 posted 08-02-2015 11:52 PM

Perfect box. When you please the wife you have hit a grand slam.

- bosum3919

If you do not please the wife you get hit by a grand slam.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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