My First Completed Box!

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Project by Dustmite97 posted 1842 days ago 1290 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box that I completed yesterday. I made it using all of my new skills that I learned from the David Knipfer box making tutorials from my blog. The whole box is made from 1/2 inch thick poplar. I joined the pieces by beveling each end at 45 degrees and glued them together. It was a technique that worked very well. The box is being used as a candlebox at this point. Anyway, thanks again to everybody that gave me box joinery advice.

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#1 posted 1842 days ago

Well Done! It looks like it is hinged in the back, but I can’t quite tell from the pictures.

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#2 posted 1842 days ago

There are hinges on the back.

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#3 posted 1842 days ago

If you noticed a missing screw in one of the hinges, don’t mind it. I lost it during assembly. It was a very tiny screw you know.

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#4 posted 1842 days ago

Nice box. I find mitered corners to br “advanced joinery”.
Too funny…I drop those small screws too.

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#5 posted 1842 days ago

The firsts are always a treasure. Good job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#6 posted 1842 days ago

nicely done, also nice poplar grain pattern on this one.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#7 posted 1842 days ago

Nice job Dustmite, always feels good when you get your “1st” one done!!!

Keep ‘em coming and a big welcome to LJ’s…............. there is a lot to learn and alot of absolutely
wonderful people to help and give advice.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#8 posted 1842 days ago

hi dustmite, nice job for a first box, i really like the grain pattern. The miters look really good also. Those screws can be a pain to keep track of. can’t wait to see your next box. ron

-- Ron, Michigan

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#9 posted 1842 days ago

You are one your way!

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

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#10 posted 1842 days ago

Good job, DM97!! Aren’t those screws a pain? I usually empty the contents of the package into an old glass ashtray that’s kicking around. That way they don’t go flying, and I can take them out one by one easily…

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#11 posted 1842 days ago

Thank you for all of your nice comments, I am glad you like it.

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#12 posted 1842 days ago

Very nice box here are a couple of links for some more ideas for boxs if you want to add some contrast.
Keep up the good work waiting to see your next project…

-- David '65

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#13 posted 1842 days ago

One of thousands of great projects to come.Well done

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 1842 days ago

Well done. Great fist box. Nice miters and the grain stands out nicely.

Welcome to LJ’s

Keep it up. Hope to see many more projects from you.


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

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#15 posted 1842 days ago

That’s a great box. 4 mitred corners requires precision. In my opinion, it is harder to do than box joints or dovetails. Those two joints may take longer, but when done with a jig they really only require the board ends to be cut square. Mitres take some attention to setup as even a smidge off is quite glaring. Good job!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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