My First Box

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Project by CanuckGal posted 1847 days ago 1242 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I started making my garage into a woodworking shop, a friend asked me to make her a “Hope Chest”. That was much too big of a task for a beginner like me. So for her birthday I made her this “miniature” hope chest. The we packed it into a real hope chest sized cardboard box. She was very surprised when she opened it.
It was a very good project for learning because I started with rough lumber, milled it, made box joints, and did small glue ups to achieve the final effect. The wood is oak and walnut and a strip of mahogany in the lid and on the bottom.
It may not be a hope chest but it is a very nice recipe box. :)

-- EGO postulo , EGO venalicium , EGO incidere. I measured, I marked, I cut. Latin instructions for firewood.

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#1 posted 1847 days ago

For a first box, that’s a great job!

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

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#2 posted 1846 days ago

This is really nice, and a special gift.

The color choices of wood look great together, and the box joints look very well done.

Congratulations on succeeding with new skills !


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#3 posted 1846 days ago

Wow! That is very well done for a first box.Dont stop now,I look forward to seeing more.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#4 posted 1846 days ago

The box turned out really nice and I like your choice of wood.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#5 posted 1846 days ago

Wow, that’s your FIRST try? Great Job!! Do you have the itch to make another one yet? :-)

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

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#6 posted 1846 days ago

very nice !
you have a gift ,
let’s see more .

....please .

-- 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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#7 posted 1846 days ago

Very nice first peace. My first was a small coin box I made out of yellow pine without finger joints so Thumbs up to you and your first peace. Maybe next year you can surprise her with a bigger one.

-- David '65

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#8 posted 1846 days ago

thats just plain beautiful, great job…..

-- Powered by Smith & Wilson~~~

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#9 posted 1846 days ago

Thanks folks! I have made a few more boxes for storage around the shop and to practice up on box joints. But I have some nice purpleheart and blood wood I am going to try something with. :)

-- EGO postulo , EGO venalicium , EGO incidere. I measured, I marked, I cut. Latin instructions for firewood.

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#10 posted 1846 days ago

Super first box Gal keep up the good work.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 1846 days ago

Great job on your first box. Nice tight joints and the wood choice compliments each other.

Keep it up.


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

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#12 posted 1846 days ago

Very creative. Nice execution.
Just a nice box for a nice occasion.
Looking forward to more!

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

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#13 posted 1838 days ago

Great job, it’s beautiful!!! Great choice of woods. I can’t wait to see how the hope chest turns out.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#14 posted 1790 days ago

Nice looking box for your first one.Good job.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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