|Project by mbmattvt||posted 01-16-2016 09:39 PM||899 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
Here’s my first box. I made this out of some scrap cedar decking I’d been holding onto for about 8 years (without the blessings of the love of my life). We replaced decking at our previous house and used Cedar for that project. There was a fair amount of scraps from that project, which were salvage-able for other things, so I kept them and have used some of them for various other things over the past few years. The decking was 5/4 so I planed this down to 1/2” and then started making a plan in my head. The sides and top were pretty straight-forward, but the bottom became a bit of a challenge – (I cut the bottom twice). I gave this to a family member who has a baby on the way. Finished it with a couple of coats of WATCO and some 0000 steel wool. Now I have to make another for ANOTHER family member with a baby on the way. I like to give hand made presents… There’s nothing finer, in my opinion (having received a life-time of them from my mother and father). I say that “I hope it lasts a lifetime and it’s got a lifetime warranty”.
Some of you have posted boxes you’ve made (fine, high-quality boxes) and I think I’ve read that there’s a recommended book or two out there that give some guidance on box making… Any guidance is truly welcome – I’d love to make some more of these in other materials and other styles with some guidance or thoughts from folks that’ve made many more than I have (1) or “books-to-read” suggestions.
That’s all for now.
-- "There are three kinds of men. The ones who learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." --- Will Rogers