Swing lid box with multiple woods

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Project by abie posted 1753 days ago 1788 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this box as a learning experience from a box making book.
used multiple woods laminated together.
cut an angle on the lid
attached the lids with small brass pins.
bottom made of the same type of laminations to match.
since all laminations were done seperately it was impossible to make a perfect match but they are close
final touch to keep the lid from opening when not is use I attached small magnets on the top and sides so that the box when closed would remain closed.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#1 posted 1753 days ago

nice box i like the design
what book are you talking about i have been thinking of getting a box making book for some design ideas?

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#2 posted 1753 days ago

great box Bruce

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 1753 days ago

Box makers Bible… “Box Making Basics” David M Freeman
maybe out of print but I found mine online at amazon used.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#4 posted 1753 days ago

Wow! Nice job with the laminations and with the box. Nice idea with the magnets – I didn’t think of it with my box like this but my lids didn’t swing too freely after I inserted the brass pins in the body.

Eddy, two books that I would recommend to boxmakers – “Box Making Basics”, by David M. Freeman, as mentioned by abie above (available on from $8.53) and “Basic Box Making” by the master boxmaker, Doug Stowe (available on from $10.45). A DVD is also available for “Basic Box Making” that pretty much covers the boxes in the book along with the jigs that the author uses and recommends. I have both and while the book is excellent, the DVD really tied things together.


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#5 posted 1753 days ago

Beautiful box and wise hardwood laminations of various species.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 1753 days ago

Nice, I like the use of the plywood (I assume baltic birch), it really added a nice touch.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#7 posted 1753 days ago

Too nice to cut on LOL
Nice box. Love the choice of timbers for the lamination, complimentary and contrasting … my favourite.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#8 posted 1753 days ago

Great looking box. Nice design and the split lid is a nice extra. Good idea holding the lids shut with magnets.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#9 posted 1753 days ago

Love the box!
Love the stripes!
Love the top!
Very creative design. I’ll be looking to find that book.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#10 posted 1741 days ago

Great box! I’m going to look for that book as well.

-- Paul, Winterset Iowa,

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