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Project by bosum3919 posted 02-17-2016 07:44 PM 1073 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wood is Red Oak trimmed in Walnut. Insert in top of box is book matched Walnut utilizing the small streak of sap wood to give it an accent. Interior of box is flocked in hunter green with one removable tray. Inside lid contains a full mirror. Box is approximately 13”W x 8”D x 6”H. Thanks for taking the time to look. Comments are always welcome.

-- Bob





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Boxguy

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#1 posted 02-17-2016 08:24 PM

Bob, this is a lovely creation. I like the grain match on the corners and the matched top. I especially like the inset top and matching accent color at the bottom of the box. It has nice proportions, a beautiful finish, nice wood combinations and colors, and the internal tray and flocking add to its usefulness. All together, this is a wonderful display of craftsmanship.

The lock on the front is nicely made and well installed, but to my eye it takes away a little bit from the great, simple lines of the box itself by being a focal point. Of course that is just my opinion and others may like it a lot. Regardless, you have done a wonderful job and created a beautiful, useful box with this wood. Thanks for sharing your fine work with us. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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kiefer

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#2 posted 02-17-2016 08:56 PM

A fine looking box and everything works well together except for the hinge I think it takes away from it a bit and does not work together with the nice brass latch .
I especially like the walnut lid panel and the base molding creating a nice contrast .

Klaus

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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bosum3919

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#3 posted 02-17-2016 09:49 PM

Well, my day is officially made now. Two of the “big dogs” of box builders have been kind enough to provide me with some feedback and I appreciate that very much.

Al – I know that you favor a different kind of opening and I use your method quite often. I have a sister box to this one that I may post later that will have a different opening that you may like better. Thanks for your insight and taking the time to comment.

kiefer – I also appreciate you comments as well. I agree with you regarding the hinge, but economics drives me to utilizing the piano hinge. My customer base has been cost conscious and I have had to cut corners where I can. I am exploring making my own wooden hinges, but haven’t bit that bullet you. Thanks for responding with your thoughts and critic. This is what makes all of us better woodworkers.

-- Bob

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Mean_Dean

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#4 posted 02-18-2016 12:50 AM

Very attractive box—I like the walnut/oak combo!

-- Dean

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Boxguy

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#5 posted 02-18-2016 04:38 AM

Bob, I know what you mean about the hinge. If I put hinges worth $30-
$40 on my boxes there is little profit for me. Very few customers know the difference between a $5 hinge and a $50 hinge. Almost none of them will pay another $50 for a box with a better hinge. It is too bad, but that is a business reality. If you are making boxes for a friend or relative, you can afford to use the best hinges. If you are selling boxes, you have to make concessions.

I looked again at the front latch. If I saw it in person instead of a photo, I might like it better.

Keep boxing and keep posting. Looking forward to your next work.

-- Big Al in IN

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Blackie_

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#6 posted 02-18-2016 11:55 AM

Hi Bob, I agree with everyone, you have made a lovely box, myself I don’t think the latch is greatly off from the latch and yes there’s no overhead what so ever with wooden hinges aside the 1/8” brass rod, that’s all I ever use on my boxes. I was once told (If when you can make the back of the box just as appealing as the front of the box then you’ve truly created a masterpiece). There’s a lot of variations on wooden hinges, I have my own style that I like to use and it’s been working for me, I like my hinges thick 3/8” less worry of them breaking and I have two router tables, one I keep dedicated setup with a 3/8” box joint jig. The jig stays clamped to the table at all times, by doing this it steam lines my hinge making process making things go quicker.

One last thing about using wooden hinges, they also eliminate the use of lid chains as they have their own built in lid stops so that’s another savings.

I’d like to touch on your lining, there are times that when a project has no other choice but to use flocking and that is normally bandsaw box making with their rounded inside corners but in your application you could have gotten away with normal felt. The method I use on normal miter joint box, I take the bottom before it’s installed in the box and cut a section of felt so that it over laps all edges of the bottom piece about a 1/2” give or take, then I use contact cement, spray or brush either one and glue the felt to one side of the bottom ply, I then cut the over hang flush with the box bottom edges, if you’re using a 1/4” dado cut this will fill the gap in nicely as sheets of ply aren’t fully 1/4” I think they are like 3/16”. Keep in mind this is all done before the bottom is installed. As far as the tray, I typically leave them in the raw as I use a nice hard wood for the bottom which is very attractive and compliments the box.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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bosum3919

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#7 posted 02-18-2016 02:03 PM

Al – I think that if you saw the latch in person you would like it better also. I get a lot of woodworks who come through my booth and a number of them ask where I get the latch. Another oberservation that I have made is that I like to leave it unhooked when displaying boxes as it makes it easier for customers to view the inside of the box, the majority of them can’t resist hooking it back.I get a chuckle every time. Yes, I know that I am easily entertained.

Randy – Thanks for all the great feedback and compliments. Wooden hinges are in my future, just not yet. I would love to have 2 router tables, but I am out of room in my shop. Who would have ever thought that would happen? Can anyone say expansion? I have looked at your hinges many times and they always look great. I rarely use felt anymore. Your idea of how to attach the felt has merit, but doesn’t it present a challenge when you are applying finish inside the box?

Dean – Thanks for the compliment. Always appreciated.

-- Bob

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helluvawreck

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#8 posted 02-18-2016 03:11 PM

This is a real beauty and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Blackie_

4535 posts in 1980 days


#9 posted 02-18-2016 03:14 PM

My router tables consist of one stand alone and the other is a tablesaw insert on the extension.

I normally use blue painters tape and line the inside of box over the felt to protect it but I’ve had the finish get on the felt before and after drying you never know it was there.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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bosum3919

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#10 posted 02-18-2016 03:59 PM

Charles – Thanks for the nice compliment. It is greatly appreciated.

Randy – I figured that you used blue painters tape, but you must have better control than I do. I have to take my router out on the porch to use it most of the time. I had considered using a wing on the tablesaw, but it would still be crowded.

-- Bob

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Bud_3

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#11 posted 02-20-2016 12:00 AM

Matching colors in simple design and most of all i like the smooth curve you gave to the sides walls.

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