Stationery Boxes

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Project by WoodScrap posted 12-31-2015 12:51 AM 1297 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are some stationery boxes I made for Christmas presents this year. The design is by Doug Stowe and was challenging in many aspects. Finger joint construction however the top fingers had to be mitered to show off the ribbon veneer highlight. First time I made my own veneer trim. Two are made from figured Walnut, one from Birdseye Maple (Walnut top panel), and the last from Wenge. I lined them with suede and turned a nice fountain pen for each. I actually started 6 boxes but had to cut back due to running out of time (ever happen to anyone else?). So, I still have two mostly complete (birthdays maybe).

They were a lot of fun to make.

Thanks for looking.

-- Rick -Tulsa

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#1 posted 12-31-2015 01:06 AM

nice cut of wood and great way to show it off

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#2 posted 12-31-2015 01:21 AM

They all turned out great. I really like the lid border detail and the box splines carrying through to the feet. The addition of feet on the boxes add a lot of time during construction (in my experience) but they look soooo much better with them.

When you build the feet do you make them like a frame & fit the box to it-or make the box & fit the legs to it?

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#3 posted 12-31-2015 01:27 AM

Great looking set of boxes! I like the way the grain flows through the figured walnut!

-- Dean

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#4 posted 12-31-2015 04:19 AM

Really nice gifts. Great build.

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#5 posted 12-31-2015 04:23 AM

They turned out great and I’m sure they were appreciated gifts.

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

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#6 posted 12-31-2015 07:40 AM

Very nice Rick. Glad to see you’re still a woodworker. Such small boxes can be quite time consuming, so I can understand you run out of time. I no longer plan and therefor I never running out of time :)

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#7 posted 12-31-2015 11:23 AM

Beautiful boxes. I’ve been thinking about trying the miter on the end pins soon. Thanks for showing how good it can look.

Regarding six boxes then not enough time… ever happen to you? I’ve missed my Christmas target date for a six box set I’m building now. They have become New Year’s boxes instead of fewer boxes delivered on time. I could not bear to rush or reduce after months on the project.

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#8 posted 12-31-2015 02:07 PM

Rick, these boxes are very elegant. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 12-31-2015 04:48 PM

Great job. The choice of woods is stunning. I am sure the gifts will be treasured.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#10 posted 12-31-2015 09:20 PM

Nice set of boxes indeed. Well done.

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#11 posted 01-20-2016 04:40 AM

I’ll take two please! – Nice build, great simple design…

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