Five wood box!

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Project by jeffswildwood posted 02-19-2016 01:11 AM 1035 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK, I had a little time so I thought, “why not make a box, try some new skills”.

The wood. So I attacked my scrap bin and found some cherry, a gift from the saw mill that cut my logs. I wanted this box to be in the style of my treasure chests, just down sized to a jewelry box size. The cherry worked perfect for the blocks to go around. I dug a little deeper and found some walnut. A gift from my neighbor. Great, perfect for the top and bottom to attach the cherry to. Keep digging, I found some birds eye maple that was a gift from jmartel, perfect for the lid. Now for the inside. I found some red ceder that was also a gift from the saw mill. I cut this into strips to resemble boards. Now I needed a lift out tray. I found some poplar I had set back due to it’s grain pattern. Believe it or not, it’s actually curly! I didn’t count the bottom or pins as I don’t know what kind of wood they are or this would have been “seven wood box”!

The build. I began as usual only down sized from 15 X 10 to 8 3/4 X 5 1/4. Instead of kreg screws I used dowel pins to assemble. They can be seen around the inside of the box. I also used miters on the edges instead of butt joints. Instead of an arched lid, I have always wanted to experiment with metal so I inlaid a piece to form the lid. I also rabbeted around the lid, inlaid a strip of walnut, and put a cove in it. Only took three trys! I also made a double tray instead of a single. I had just a little birds eye left so I made some legs.

The finish. Coated twice with danish oil and then two coats of gloss polyurethane. Lined with black felt.

Thanks all for looking and sorry for the long write up but I just had too much fun making this one. I think this one is a keeper.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#1 posted 02-19-2016 01:22 AM

I really like the walnut inlaid in the lid and just the overall detail here.

-- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

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#2 posted 02-19-2016 05:20 AM

Jeff, this box is fun. It looks like you got to try a number of skills. Nice work. One of the great things about boxes is that you can give yourself permission to try out new ideas. It is not like building a set of cabinets or furniture where you have big investments in time and money.

Visually, it might work better to align the feet with the corner pieces. At least that is what my eye tells me. Mechanically, I find that if you have two trays and leave a little room to put your hand between them, they are easier to lift out of the box. I like the box and I like the write-up. The box was fun to see and the write-up was fun to read. Both are jobs well done. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 02-19-2016 05:31 AM

Jeff, this is a different look for sure. I had thought about a perforated top but with wood, just wasn’t sure what it may look like. Now I have a good idea. The gold grid is really cool looking and a excellent job on detailing the top. Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 02-19-2016 12:10 PM

Thanks for the comments guys.

Jason, that edge was a real trick. Twice I put the walnut in, smoothed, then ran the cove and had to redo because my router was not set correct. trial and error for sure. Now I have a guide for set up should I do this again.

Al, this one was fun and lots of new skills to try. Thanks for the tips, I always value your comments and advice. I still need to make that spline miter jig. :)

Dave, I too had always wanted to try a perforated lid but was not sure how it would look. I thought this would be a good box to try it. I do like the look. Wood would look nice!

Again thanks for the comments and for looking!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#5 posted 02-19-2016 04:16 PM

Beautiful box Jeff! Very unique styling and excellent wood choices.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#6 posted 02-19-2016 06:57 PM

Jeff, That is a really neat idea on using metal for the top. One suggestion, for what it is worth to you, is to back the metal up with a piece of glass. It will help seal the box from dust and give the metal a little extra strength in the event something heavy presses on it. On a more positive note, you made excellent use of scraps. (said as I am checking out my scrap bin again)

-- Bob

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#7 posted 02-19-2016 07:28 PM

Love your design Jeff. Nicely done!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#8 posted 02-19-2016 07:44 PM

Thanks for the nice comments guys.

Ken, I just used what I had on hand. worked out nice.

Bob, that is a good idea. I wish I would have thought of a glass or Plexiglas backing.

Lee, Thanks for the compliment.

Thanks all for looking!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way thats says "I meant to do that".

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#9 posted 02-19-2016 09:20 PM

This is so nice and is very creative.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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