Poplar/Cedar Box

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Project by James posted 06-30-2009 01:33 AM 2215 views 12 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another project for the upcoming garage sale. This box is 8 1/2” x 5 1/2” x 3” and is made from poplar and aromatic red cedar.

First try at an inlaid spline, my alignment was a little off but will fix that next time. Overall very pleased with this one. The cedar and poplar contrasted better than expected.

Finish is wipe on satin poly and inside lined with cardboard backed felt.

All comments welcome.

-- James, Bluffton, IN

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#1 posted 06-30-2009 01:49 AM

A real beauty!

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

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#2 posted 06-30-2009 01:51 AM

Very nice! Great choice of woods! great design.!

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#3 posted 06-30-2009 02:38 AM

really nice ,
you are having fun !
luck on the sale .
good design .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 06-30-2009 02:44 AM

Well done! What are you going to charge for your awesome work?

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Don Newton

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#5 posted 06-30-2009 02:49 AM

Awesome choice of woods!

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#6 posted 06-30-2009 02:59 AM

Hey James
This is one cool box I like the doubling of corner miters colors on the joinery.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 06-30-2009 03:05 AM

I signed in to say how much I liked this. I love the colors and the design. I can’t tell if the outer splines are off, but the inner ones being a bit off – to me – looks like a design decision. The rest of the box is so clean and uniform, it looks like they’re made a little randomly off for visual interest!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#8 posted 06-30-2009 03:08 AM

Nice desing and I really like the inlaid spline!

-- William King, Florida,

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#9 posted 06-30-2009 03:10 AM

Thanks all, gary i actually goofed up when lining up my spline jig, made a cut in scrap, and saw i needed to nudge the fence over a hair. so i nudged it a hair in the wrong direction and didnt realize it, woops. at least they are consistently off.

after the box was done i actually kind of liked them being off a little bit

-- James, Bluffton, IN

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#10 posted 06-30-2009 03:54 AM

Really sweet looking box.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#11 posted 06-30-2009 05:12 AM

Cool box. The contrast of colors looks sharp. I like the splines


-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#12 posted 06-30-2009 07:10 AM

Eye catching box, this project reached out and grabbed my attention in a pleasant way. Thanks for posting and nice work. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#13 posted 06-30-2009 04:12 PM

the splines look great adds visual interest
good luck on the sale post how you did

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#14 posted 07-03-2009 02:19 AM

Hello Hackman I got say I really like the box you made . But what I like the most about this is the wood choices you used it gave me a idea for a project. Right now i,m build something else but when i get to that project i will post pictures. Thanks for posting it was nice to see and get a idea from reading your post. woodman

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#15 posted 03-16-2010 10:44 PM

saweeeeeeeeet box, i hate working with poplar but u made it look so good!

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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