First Ornamental Box

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Project by freestateworker posted 12-02-2015 03:41 PM 995 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been browsing LJ for a couple of months now growing more impressed and intimidated everyday!

I’ve been a woodworking amateur for many years, but this is actually the first ornamental or fancy box I have made. I know—its about as ornamental as an Amish Sunday suit, but its a lot nicer than most storage totes I’ve made. I wanted to make something to sell at our church Holiday Bazaar. That means it needs to be reasonably priced and hopefully appeal to a broad audience. This box is made from reclaimed lumber which helps keep the price tag down, but the profit margin up.

The idea for the box began when I saw the clever ways some LJers had used OSB to create a novel looking material. The top of this box is 1/2” particle board cut into 1/2” strips and glued up face to face so the edge is exposed. The box itself is made from redwood resawn out of an old 4×4. The legs and handle are made from sycamore harvested from a storm downed limb. Its a simple mitered box with a piece of 1/4” ply set in a rabbet for the bottom—nothing fancy for this first run. The box measures about 10” x 7.25” x 5”

The top and legs are finished with water based poly to maintain their original color and grain. It took 3 coats with repeated sanding on the particle board to get get the smooth but still irregular surface I wanted. It almost looks like a honed stone. The body of the box is finished with spar varnish. After testing several finishes on scraps I liked the amber hue the spar varnish provided. Thankfully, these pics do not show the imperfections in finish. Both my finishing and photography skills need work.

Thanks to all of you for freely sharing your projects and inspiration. I will hopefully post more stuff in the coming months as I finish new projects as well as recover pics of old work.

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#1 posted 12-02-2015 03:43 PM

Beautifully done and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 12-02-2015 06:25 PM

Nice use of reclaimed material for sure!

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#3 posted 12-02-2015 07:59 PM

Reclaimed lumber is great plus a great idea for the lid. Our local Lions Club has donations for a drawing at our meetings. Money is a type of fundraiser for us. Thought of making some small boxes to donate. Thanks for sharing this project. Gives me some ideas. SWMBO is on a kick with pallet wood things. A couple we know remodeled their house with three pickup truck loads of unused pallet wood strips. Might look at pallet wood for a similar project.

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#4 posted 12-02-2015 09:58 PM

Nicely done and welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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