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Project by dewoodwork posted 2569 days ago 4489 views 21 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of years ago I got inspired to make a few small boxes as Christmas gifts. After reading Taunton’s complete illustrated guide to box making by Doug Stowe I went to work constructing jigs and boxes. I made this and several others without drawing any plans. Talk about fun, if you haven’t made small boxes before check out the book and have some fun.

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.





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Jeff

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#1 posted 2569 days ago

Great box! I have Doug Stowe’s DVD but not the book. I refer to it often for inspiration and technique.

The top on yours is very nice with the strip of maple in it. Nice balance.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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Don

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#2 posted 2568 days ago

You are a serious box maker, Dewaye. I just love small wooden box (in case you were unaware) – this one is delightful. Very nice lines and the Purple Heart is beautiful.

Would you mind explaining how you achieve the cove in the box sides?

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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cajunpen

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#3 posted 2568 days ago

DeWayne – what Don and Caliper said – I’d also like to know how you achieve your finishes on your boxes? Would you mind sharing your secret? You have made and displayed three outstanding boxes – Thank you for the inspiration. I’m going back to re-read Stowe’s book and get that cove technique – I like it!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Bob Babcock

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#4 posted 2568 days ago

These are beautiful boxes. I need to get that book. I’m considering making some boxes this winter.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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MsDebbieP

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#5 posted 2568 days ago

SWEET . this is gorgeous

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 2568 days ago

As usual, DeWayne, Just great work. Keep it up.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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DocK16

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#7 posted 2568 days ago

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BEAUTIFUL BOX!
I kinda thought Don would be the first to comment on this ( I’ve heard he loves small wooden boxes) but I see he’s kinda slowing down in his old age … he was second.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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PanamaJack

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#8 posted 2568 days ago

An outstanding piece of woodworking art. Just beautiful DeWayne.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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dewoodwork

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#9 posted 2568 days ago

Thanks again. Don asked, “Would you mind explaining how you achieve the cove in the box sides?” The cove is made on the table saw. If you’re not familiar with the technique it would be best to research the proper process rather than have me explain it as I don’t want anyone to get hurt. I start with the work piece over width and cut the cove first. Then rip the stock to reference the cove exactly where I want it. All of my box profiles are inlaid and shaped before the pieces are cross cut and mitered.

Bill asked, “I’d also like to know how you achieve your finishes on your boxes? ” The finish starts with a seal coat of blond shellac at a 1# cut. The shellac is buffed out with steel wool and several coats of a tongue oil, boiled linseed oil and polyurethane mixture are applied. The finishing method is included in the toy box project plan I had published in the current issue of woodcraft magazine.

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.

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Don

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#10 posted 2564 days ago

Thanks, Dewayne. I thought it likely that you cut the cove using the table saw. Congratulations on the publication in Woodcraft.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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Mark A. DeCou

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#11 posted 2530 days ago

gorgeous, and very creative. There are a lot of box makers here on this site, you are in good company.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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Blake

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#12 posted 2486 days ago

Beautiful! Favorited.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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Paul D

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#13 posted 2365 days ago

Awesome box and I added it to my favorites as well.

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#14 posted 1668 days ago

that is one fantastic looking box…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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