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Project by Andy posted 05-18-2009 at 08:50 AM 5941 views 50 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these little boxes for three of my granddaughters, Daisy, Jessica, and Caitlin.
I tried out a few new ideas, such as inlaying bands of wood running several directions. Also, I made the handles by cutting a kerf in a larger blank, then recutting to the final size and shape and inserting a wood of contrasting color. I like the results.
These are very easy to make and open the door for your own design ideas. Very little wood is used and its a great way to incorporate those exotic scraps you have been saving.The lids lift off, no hinges to install.
The lid sets into a rabbet that is 1/2’’ deep x 3/4’’ wide. I make the box,install the corner splines and sand the sides smooth, then set up my rabbet bit in a table and flip the box upside down and carefully run it around the bit. I take about three passes,the last one also will clean up most of the burns. A very sharp bit is needed to minimize tearout at the corners, but that still happens on occasion.Then just cut the lid a little over size and sand to fit.The corners are the same radius as the bit, which I profile on the sander. You can also cut close to the line on the bandsaw and then sand to fit checking often. Allow a paper thickness gap on all sides to allow for finish.
They are about 6’‘x 4’’ x 2.5’’ high.
No stain and just a lacquer finish.
I lined each with colored paper,card stock weight. I sealed the paper with lacquer.The girls had mentioned that they wanted a little box to keep sea shells, rocks, and other items kids collect, so I decided that dividers and a velvet liner were not sensible.
The bodies on all three are Cherry, the lids are Maple, and the accents are Walnut, Bloodwood, Purple Heart and Cherry.
Needless to say, they were very excited :-)
Thanks for looking.


-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#1 posted 05-18-2009 at 09:02 AM

WOW! These are beautiful!
I love the inlay design and the color combinations!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 05-18-2009 at 09:06 AM

Cool! Very nice

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#3 posted 05-18-2009 at 09:26 AM

Fantastic imagination and construction, Andy!

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

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#4 posted 05-18-2009 at 09:28 AM

Great boxs ! you did an excellent job . Thanks for explaining how you did them.

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#5 posted 05-18-2009 at 09:36 AM

Beautiful work and a great idea! How ‘bout a couple shots of the insides?

-- Professional firefighter (retired). Amateur everything else I try to do.

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#6 posted 05-18-2009 at 09:52 AM

These are really nice boxes I like all 3 designs

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 05-18-2009 at 09:54 AM

Gorgeous boxes Andy. It’s seems liberating to be free from using hinges, catches etc. Thanks for letting us see these and sharing the way you made them.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 05-18-2009 at 09:57 AM

Beautiful, beautiful…beautiful!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 05-18-2009 at 09:58 AM

Andy these are great! I too love contrasting woods inlayed on boxes. The non-square lines really add a lot and turn the boxes into a nice piece of art. All three are beautiful.

-- Kansas City, KS "Nothing is as permanent as a temporary solution"

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#10 posted 05-18-2009 at 10:23 AM

Sweet!!! Great design.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#11 posted 05-18-2009 at 10:46 AM

Wow Andy, these are absolutely georgeous!!!! I love the combinations, smooth design and especiously the contrasting accents with the banding…............... I think you have inspired me to start to “think outside the box” on some of my boxes.

Thanks for sharing the boxes and the procedure.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#12 posted 05-18-2009 at 11:22 AM

they are beautiful … i like everything about these beauties

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#13 posted 05-18-2009 at 11:39 AM

Very nice work… I like the combination of symmetrical and asymmetrical form you used with the inlays.

-- Darrell, Round Rock

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#14 posted 05-18-2009 at 12:49 PM

There all winners!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#15 posted 05-18-2009 at 12:57 PM

Granddaughters….they’re next on my list.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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