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Tapered box, padauk and ambrosia maple

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Project by coloradoclimber posted 1808 days ago 5356 views 9 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box for my lady friends birthday. The box isn’t so much the present as a container for the present. I bought her a pendant and I wanted more than a cardboard box to give it to her in. So I whipped this out.

The woods are ambrosia maple and padauk. I had already been planning on using the maple. She likes maple and I had this nice piece sitting in the shop. The idea to use the padauk came from Phil's Oak Box with Padauk Lid project. I really liked the colors and thought the padauk would work well with the maple.

The decision for the tapered sides came from the book “Box Making Basics by David Freedman”. I knew the same old straight side box wasn’t going to cut it. I had to jazz it up a little. The tapered sides and top give it a little different look and hopefully make it a little more visually interesting.

The box is made as a standard straight walled mitered corner box with standard identical miter keys top and bottom. After the glue dried I raised the table saw blade as far as it would go, tilted it 6 degrees and sliced all four walls of the box. The lid is tapered at 10 degrees. The lid is short compared to the box so I had to give it more taper so it didn’t look straight up and down.

The finish is a single coat of pure tung oil thinned 50/50 with turpentine.





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Don K.

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#1 posted 1808 days ago

Beautiful…bet she will like this almost as much as the pendant. I real keep sake !!!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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scrappy

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#2 posted 1808 days ago

Very nice box. Like the tapered sides/lid and great choice of woods.

Keep it up.

Scrappy

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

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 1808 days ago

Fantastic!! Definitely beats a cardboard box :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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trimtrac

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#4 posted 1808 days ago

That’s a nice box. I need to read that fellows book

-- Which way did they go? Tell me, tell me I must know I'm there leader!!

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blockhead

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#5 posted 1808 days ago

Beautiful job! Love the design and choice of woods.

-- 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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ellen35

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#6 posted 1808 days ago

Great box! Design and execution outstanding…purpose noble!
Ellen

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

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SPalm

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#7 posted 1808 days ago

Very nice take off on a classic box. Well done.

Tapering the sides must have been exciting. Especially the forth side. Any tips on how you did it, as in how you held it while slicing?

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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patron

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#8 posted 1808 days ago

beautifull box !
simple and elegant .
i think i hear quasimoto ,
tuning his bells ,
for the big day !

-- 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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jockmike2

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#9 posted 1808 days ago

Very beautiful box. unique too.

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

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michaelray

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#10 posted 1808 days ago

Great looking box. Nice choice of colors and excellent job on ‘wrapping’ the grain around the sides.

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jhawkinnc

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#11 posted 1808 days ago

Very nice! You’ve set a big precedent for all future gifts, though. :-)

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Innovator

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#12 posted 1808 days ago

Beautiful box.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#13 posted 1808 days ago

Great work. Beautiful.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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majeagle1

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#14 posted 1808 days ago

A real pretty box !
I love the spalted woods and the padauk adds the right contrast and really makes it stand out.
The tapered design is very nice also…....... Job well done, thanks for sharing.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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dustyal

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#15 posted 1808 days ago

Nice job making wrapping paper… lol. I enjoy browsing and picking up on box ideas. Thanks for including the part on how you tapered it… I’m an amateur and probably would have tried to cut the tapers, then mitered.. and then.. toss it all out.

So, the side walls are thinner at the top than at the bottom—maybe tapering in thickness from half to three quarter thick? Box isn’t so tall that your saw depth could cut all the way from top to bottom? I might need to try this on some cheap poplar first…

Thanks for sharing…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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