Recipe Box

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Project by jason434 posted 06-06-2009 05:34 AM 1947 views 7 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone,
Well as you can see this is my first post to this board, I have been a loyal viewer for some time now but I have never posted anything. Actually this is the first time anyone except my family or friends have seen my work so comments are encouraged and welcome. I primarily focus on building boxes and small furniture at this point in my life I simply do not have the time to complete major furniture pieces as much as I would like to. That being said I find such joy in building quality boxes, these projects allow me to sample woods and techniques that may be to costly to try in much bigger pieces. As for this project, my wife asked me to build a Recipe box for a gift and she gave me 1 weeks notice (oh boy). The dimensions of the box made this more time consuming as it is 7” high 6.5 wide 9-10 long and my jointer is only 6”, so most of the initial flattening had to be done by hand instead of machine. (i haven’t built a planer sled yet so I had to flatten one side by hand :( – I decided to do a clean miter since I wanted to use gaboon ebony for keys to match the black granite counter top it was going to go on. All the maple came from the same board the lip of the box was made from quartered sycamore and as stated before the keys are gaboon ebony, bottom is lined in black velvet.

I look forward to sharing more projects with you in the future, again any comments would be great.


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#1 posted 06-06-2009 05:42 AM

very nice box well done

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#2 posted 06-06-2009 05:45 AM

Your wife will be very happy with that fine result.
Lovely timber, good design and finish…well done.

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#3 posted 06-06-2009 05:45 AM

Great box. That wood is awesome. I love the contrast between the maple and the ebony.

I am not sure I would have posted something that good looking as my first post. You have set the bar very high for future work.

Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#4 posted 06-06-2009 05:53 AM

Thank you all so much for the great comments I realy do appreciate it :)


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#5 posted 06-06-2009 05:55 AM

I hope your wife’s a good cook…. we would want to waste such great craftmenship.

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#6 posted 06-06-2009 06:25 AM

Gorgeous box …..the top of the lid is incredible : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 06-06-2009 06:37 AM

Beautiful box and I agree with RobH, you sure set the bar high for yourself !!!!

The design is very smooth, I like the top and the miters and keys are oh so tight!!
Great job and thanks for shareing, look forward to more posts.
And BTW, welcome to LJ’s …...............

What type of finish did you use?

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#8 posted 06-06-2009 07:41 AM

Beautiful box, beautiful job, beautiful wood! Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 06-06-2009 11:30 AM

All around gorgeous box! I look forward to your future projects. Thanks for sharing. Well done!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#10 posted 06-06-2009 12:33 PM

Very nice work. Good material choices, I love the contrasting splines. What type of finish was used?

-- Keith, Bolingbrook, Illinois. The way I figure it I only have the rest of my life to get good at this...

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#11 posted 06-06-2009 02:45 PM

as if I dont have enough projects going on right now, you had to post this awesome box. Now my wife wants one…lol. Well done Jason!!!

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#12 posted 06-06-2009 03:22 PM

Really wonderful job. Wood selection and construction details are dead-on first-rate!

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

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#13 posted 06-06-2009 04:18 PM

That is some fine workmanship and excellent use of great lumber. I too am interested in your finishing schedule.
I think your wife should be awfully pleased. Can’t wait to see more!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#14 posted 06-06-2009 06:46 PM

Great looking box!

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#15 posted 06-06-2009 09:39 PM

Beautiful box. I like the contrast in the woods. Super job.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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