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Project by I_like_meats posted 01-14-2016 06:14 PM 2055 views 4 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first woodworking project. There are lots of flaws but I figured I would show it here since I got ideas from so many of you. The sides are poplar, with red oak keys in the joints. I also used red oak for the lining on the inside as well as the tray. The top is walnut burl veneer surrounded by ebony stringing and maple veneer. Took me ~37 hours total to make this and about $230 since I had to buy some tools as well as the wood. I used woodcraft side rail hinges that stop at 95 degrees. A simple blue felt was used for the bottom and tray. The initials are branded into the wood, and I finished it with a simple aerosol shellack. I experimented with BLO and poly but the burl just got too dark so I stuck with shellack. I followed the video series “advanced box making techniques” on YouTube pretty closely, but no plans other than that. Criticism is very welcome, I’ll definitely continue in this hobby as I’m only 18 and have a lot to learn.





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#1 posted 01-14-2016 06:18 PM

Wow, pretty dang good for a first timer.

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#2 posted 01-14-2016 06:21 PM

not too shabby my friend for a first project you did a great job a little pricey but those tools will pay for themselves in no time,at least thats what i tell my wife-lol.your off to a great start and youll find plenty of help and inspiration on lj’s-welcome.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#3 posted 01-14-2016 06:50 PM

Absolutely gorgeous and it’s your first one. You hit that one out of the ball park for sure.

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#4 posted 01-14-2016 07:27 PM

Great project, that is a very fine box. All of us started somewhere, but it looks like you are at the front of the class on box making. Welcome to LJ’s there is a wealth of info, and a only a few sore heads.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#5 posted 01-14-2016 08:07 PM

Excellent job especially considering it is your first project. Most of us started with something pretty flat. You are much more daring.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#6 posted 01-14-2016 08:20 PM

Thanks guys! I wasn’t expecting so much positive feedback. And I chose a box first because I thought it could make a good gift. It was satisfying to finish

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#7 posted 01-14-2016 11:39 PM

Your first ever is probably better than any I’ve done after 20 years – congrats on a great lookin box

AND finish your profile, I wanna know where you caught that 6 lb largemouth

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#8 posted 01-15-2016 02:33 AM

Nicely done! Looks great!!

-- Keith

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#9 posted 01-15-2016 03:19 AM

Nice job!

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#10 posted 01-15-2016 03:42 AM

Hah! Now you are hooked!

About flaws. Since you made this you know where all of the flaws are, but the person who you are giving it to will not see them. I guarantee it. So whatever you do – DON’T SAY ANYTHING. Just bask in the praise!

Please take note of my motto, it is very very true.

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#11 posted 01-15-2016 03:50 AM

Very nice work.

Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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I_like_meats

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#12 posted 01-15-2016 04:34 AM



Hah! Now you are hooked!

About flaws. Since you made this you know where all of the flaws are, but the person who you are giving it to will not see them. I guarantee it. So whatever you do – DON T SAY ANYTHING. Just bask in the praise!

Please take note of my motto, it is very very true.

- UncleStumpy

Well about that… The girl I was going to give it to dumped me yesterday before I could give it to her for her birthday this weekend. So I’m not sure what I’m gonna do with it now. Especially since I burned our initials into it

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I_like_meats

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#13 posted 01-15-2016 04:35 AM

Maybe have a nice bonfire haha

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#14 posted 01-15-2016 07:10 AM

Nicely done. It turned out looking great and would never know it was your first project. Welcome to LJ’s and I hope to see more. The only recommendation I have is to refrain from burning girlfriends initials in future projects :))

Just tell people the letters stand for “Amulets and Gems”!

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

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#15 posted 01-15-2016 07:11 AM

I’m trying hard to find something to criticise like you wanted – maybe the drawer lining a shade too dark? LOL
Looks fine to me, and for a first project – outstanding!
Edit~sorry to hear your girl gave you the Spanish Archer, could you cover the brand with another piece of wood/leather/baise? or obscure with more branding work, like the tattoo fixers?

-- Live Forever...............or Die Trying

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