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Project by Rick Dennington posted 12-21-2015 05:13 PM 1256 views 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here for your viewing pleasure is a tater and onion box I built for my daughter-in-law fro Christmas….This is what she wanted, and this is what she got….It’s about a 1/3 of the size of a regular box (some people call them bins) to put in her walk-in pantry, and didn’t want it to be too big…So, after sketching up a few drawings and diminsions, this is what I came up with…..
It is made of solid Walnut, and measures 20” high x 9 1/2” deep x 10” wide..I cut two arches at the bottom to make 4 feet instead of one long one.That gives it more feet to stand on.The slope for the lid is cut at 22 1/2 degrees, and all parts are 3/4” stock. I cut 3/4” dados for the dividers, and a 1/4’ rabbit for the inset back panel. The dividers are approx. 9 1/2” apart for each compartment, and I put a 3/4” x 1 1/4” brace across the top to help stiffen the whole box. I then mounted a 3/4” x 1 1/2” brace across the top to mount the lid to. I then mounted the front covers to conceal the seperate bins. At the base, I mounted another piece to attach the hinges, and a little “ole timey latch” to keep the onion lid closed…I then mounted the top hinges to the top piece, then cut out the lid, which is 10 1/4” x 10 1/4”, figuring a 1/2” overhang, and cut a 22 1/2 degree slope so the lid wouldn’t drag when opened…then mounted the hinges to the lid…After checking to make sure everything fit and was ok, I removed all the hardware, sanded all the parts down through the grits, and put two coats of Watco Danish Oil on, letting each coat dry good….After drying good, I put one coat of fast drying poly on, and let it dry for 24 hours…Came back and sanded lightly with 800 wet/dry paper, wiped cleaned, and put on another coat of poly. After 4 days, I buffed with Johnsons Paste wax….Put all the hardware back on, buffed it again, and that finished it up….Here are a few pictures of the build, and final project…...

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!





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Linkovich

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#1 posted 12-21-2015 05:35 PM

That’s a pretty fancy box for tater and onions! Wow.
Nice work. She’s gonna love it I’m sure.

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Rick Dennington

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#2 posted 12-21-2015 05:42 PM

Thanks, Linkovich,

After talking to my son about it, I built it as a fine piece of furniture that could be set out in the kitchen, but yet be functional for what’s it’s purpose is….It is a little fancy, but that’s ok….I think she’ll like it…I hope…!!

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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Linkovich

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#3 posted 12-21-2015 05:55 PM

I would have it out. That is for sure. I just hope my wife doesn’t see me looking at it on here. Hahaha

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#4 posted 12-21-2015 06:16 PM

That’s an heirloom tater and onion box, for sure. Really nice, Rick!

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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#5 posted 12-21-2015 06:23 PM

Thanks Bob,

Maybe some day she will pass it down to one of the kids…who knows…I appreciate the nice comment….

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#6 posted 12-21-2015 06:24 PM

Linkovich,

Let her see it…That would be another project to go on your list…..!!

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#7 posted 12-21-2015 06:35 PM

Looks great my friend. Great design. I have built a kitchen trash container a lot like this. No bottom door.
Have a Merry Christmas.

-- Duckster, Texas. {Any day of fishing, Beats a good day at work.} Wash your feet and love Jesus

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#8 posted 12-21-2015 07:04 PM

Thanks, Duck….
I’ve been getting on the lake some, and wearing them smallies out….Finally after getting these gifts finished…

I appreciate the nice compliment on the project….Like you, I try to take pride in my projects, and hopefully people will see that…..Your boxes are really great, and I appreciate your talent….You’re the master of box building..

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#9 posted 12-21-2015 08:02 PM

Hey Duck,

I forgot to mention that I too built a trash box sort of like what you built, and close to my tater and onion box…It was enclosed, except for the slanted lid, in which a tall kitchen garbage can could fit down in nicely, and easily removed….That was some of my early woodworking…..It still works…..

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#10 posted 12-21-2015 08:51 PM

I’d say that’s pretty good work for an old guy. Looks like you’re getting the hang of this woodworking thing. :)

-- Joe

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#11 posted 12-21-2015 11:55 PM

Hey Joe, Thanks for the kudos on the tater box….Yep… I think I might have gotten the hang of it….Where you been? Haven’t seen you on LJs here lately….Seems like that’s all I’ve been doing lately is being in the shop…But of course this is a busy time of year for me making gifts for family members..Everyone wants something, seems like…..

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#12 posted 12-22-2015 12:17 AM

Great work Rick. A beautiful piece for sure. You’re daughter in law will love it.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#13 posted 12-22-2015 12:26 AM

Hey Wayne,

Where you been ,bud…? Haven’t seen you on Ljs in a good while….I’ve wondered about you a few times….Thought you might have skipped the country….lol..

Thanks for the nice compliment on the box…..I hope she likes it, too…I’ll find out in a few days…Merry Christmas…...Hope you’re not getting snowed in too bad…I know how them nasty Minnesota winters can get….

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#14 posted 12-22-2015 01:23 AM

She sure will be happy with that. It looks great. Great finish, great construction.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#15 posted 12-22-2015 01:41 AM

Thanks Bill,

I think she will too, hopefully….It was fun to do….I like designing my own stuff, unless otherwise requested by the customers…..Then I do what they want…..I appreciate the nice compliment….It tends to make a person feel good when their work is appreciated by other woodworkers….Just like your projects….Always top-notch, and quality craftsmanship…...!!

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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