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Project by Dorje posted 07-06-2007 01:26 AM 2791 views 3 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Saw this in the living room and figured I could post it. This was one of my first projects (probably made it 3-4 years ago) when I was excited to get my shop-made box joint jigs in order! This project also allowed me to do small time re-sawing (other than firewood at the time) and book-matching.

I picked the maple chunks up from the scrap bin at the neighborhood cabinet shop and put this simple box together. The top has some blotchy-wavy figure in it – but not a ton. I still don’t really know if it’s “pretty” or not. I like figured woods, but don’t really have any experience working them.

I hear Don likes small wooden boxes…

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





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Bob Babcock

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#1 posted 07-06-2007 02:38 AM

Nice book match on the top. I like boxes like this. It has the look of something you might find in a grandmothers attic with old buttons stored in it.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#2 posted 07-06-2007 03:03 AM

For Bob:

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

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#3 posted 07-06-2007 03:57 AM

Dorje, it looks as though your jig worked just fine. Like a lot of nice things; simple, functional, and attractive.

-- Bob

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#4 posted 07-06-2007 07:35 AM

Wow, Dorje, I just love small wooden boxes! And this little box is nothing to sneeze at.

So many boxes are made with walls that are just too thick. This one has a delicate look and is being used for a perfect application – a button box. I stopped designating a purpose for the boxes that I make. I no longer call them ‘jewelry boxes’ – just ‘small wooden boxes’. It’s up to the owner to decide their best use.

Curious about the lid; how does it locate?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#5 posted 07-06-2007 08:11 AM

Don – the buttons were from my daughter’s craft supplies! That shot was just for fun! (See Bob’s post above) My wife pretty much uses it to collect and hide little junk in the living room…I think there was actually scissors, post its, a baseball, some yarn and and various other things stowed in there at present!

You’re a very astute observer to comment on the delicate nature of the box. I have attempted to be intentional with proportions in my work. For example, on my case topper, 3/4” stock felt too thick for the fairly small piece, so the main case and drawer fronts were milled to 5/8”, while the drawer sides and drawer backs were milled to 3/8”.

I believe all parts of this box are 1/4” thick. The top locates in a fitted manner (I think that’s how you referred to it in one of your posts?) – just a rabbetted underside.

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

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#6 posted 07-06-2007 08:28 AM

Dorje -

Very cool box and a great button collection. I just love small boxes like that – makes me think of what I could store in that box.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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#7 posted 07-06-2007 08:30 AM

And, what are you thinking?

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

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#8 posted 07-06-2007 08:36 AM

Quote Dorje: ”My wife pretty much uses it to collect and hide little junk in the living room…I think there was actually scissors, post its, a baseball, some yarn and and various other things stowed in there at present!”

Dorje, you’ve made my case: “It’s up to the owner to decide their best use.”

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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#9 posted 07-06-2007 03:37 PM

Nice box regardless of what it is for. You could store bugs in it or butterflys, or nothing at all, just for looks. jockmikie

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

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#10 posted 07-06-2007 06:55 PM

I really like the box joints. I’ve been using dovetails on most of my boxes, but I’ve been meaning to try making a jig for box joints.

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

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#11 posted 07-06-2007 08:04 PM

Lol…..just like grandma’s

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#12 posted 07-07-2007 02:32 AM

Nice box joints. Can we see your box joint jig?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#13 posted 07-07-2007 03:26 AM

Sure oscorner – I’ll post pics in a blog…

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

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#14 posted 07-07-2007 03:50 AM

Nice box Dorje. And great first attempt at box joints.

I also like resawing wood to get matched wood, where necessary.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#15 posted 07-07-2007 03:59 PM

Very nice Dorje! It looks to be a great size for stashing things. Simple pleasures…

My love of the box joint is to that of Don’s love for the small wooden boxes. I remember making my first jig and then cutting my first box joints on a project for my sweetie. I’ve since made a couple of different jigs varying in complexity. I checked out your jig in the blog and I don’t know why the differently sized slots in the front piece never occurred to me. This is a good example of why we appreciate this community so much. Thanks for posting this box which resulted in another post giving me some new insight into a modification I can make to my original jig.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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