Easy peasy Shaker candle box

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Project by roha2236 posted 03-04-2016 04:47 PM 6624 views 14 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was bored last weekend, and since I’m still struggling to decide what kind of woods to use for the monster truck Jeeps I’m making for my nephews I thought I’d throw something easy together in the meantime.

Another box from the Strother Purdy book I used for my previous jewelry box. Unfortunately, one of the dimensions in the plans was incorrect and I had to improvise.

A colleague of mine had a nice board of Butternut he kindly donated, along with some Walnut too =). This box used half the Butternut with little waste. I love this stuff! Since I don’t have a bandsaw yet I had to resaw the Butternut on my table saw, with good results.

It’s sanded up to 400 grit, with two coats of double boiled linseed oil, and one coat of paste finishing wax. It feels sooo nice, and the grain is so beautiful.

-- Roman

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#1 posted 03-04-2016 04:50 PM

That is really nice looking. Wish I could get my hands on some nice woods like that.

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#2 posted 03-04-2016 09:52 PM

Nice job

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#3 posted 03-04-2016 09:53 PM

How did you do the finger pull?

-- Jerry

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#4 posted 03-04-2016 10:53 PM

A Beautiful Box! I love it.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#5 posted 03-04-2016 11:58 PM

Roha, I like the simplicity of this box. There is nothing fussy about lap joint corners, an angled edged top, and squared edges all around. The Shakers would have been proud. Butternut is a wonderful wood. I can’t tell from your pictures, but I suppose there is an inset bottom using a dado groove, or did you use a lap joint like the sides? Was the finger recess cut with a forstner bit angled on a drill press? Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 03-05-2016 01:02 AM

Very nice looking candle box! Very simple and very elegant!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#7 posted 03-05-2016 02:01 AM

Nice work!

-- That hoopy frood really knows where his towel is.

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#8 posted 03-05-2016 09:09 AM

Thanks for the kind words everyone. It was a fun little piece. There are a couple other boxes in the same book I’d like to crank out, but I need to catch up on my current list of projects first.

How did you do the finger pull?

- Gerald Thompson

I can’t tell from your pictures, but I suppose there is an inset bottom using a dado groove, or did you use a lap joint like the sides? Was the finger recess cut with a forstner bit angled on a drill press?

- Boxguy

The finger pull was done the old fashioned way…a chisel and a small gouge, then some sandpaper love made the smooth transition. It’s driving me nuts, but a portion of the marking knife line of the parabola is still visible and one of these days I’m going to crack and have to make it go away :)

Big Al, your initial thought was correct. The bottom is indeed held by a dado groove.

-- Roman

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#9 posted 03-05-2016 02:53 PM

Cool and good looking box!

Do the Shakers use Arduino chips? :-)

-- Mark - Keep-On-Learnin' :)

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#10 posted 03-05-2016 03:52 PM

Very nice box and the wood is indeed beautiful.

-- Joe - - Don't be pessimistic, it never works works anyway.

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#11 posted 06-20-2017 01:11 PM

This box is a real beauty.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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