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Project by jeffswildwood posted 03-30-2016 12:40 AM 1230 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The only fitting name for this box is the box of many names. During it’s short life since being built I have changed it’s name (and style) so much. We all name our boxes don’t we? It started out life as:

Air force box. While building my last project, Air force box, it was going perfect until I cut the lids off. The first one was great but he other one, this one, just did not come out right. The lid would not match the body. (bad cut? Stress in the wood?) After three days of trying to get it to match (planing, sanding, re-cutting) I fell in a fit of rage. The box had a new name:

Throwin’ box. I threw it across the shop hitting a cinder block wall. (it didn’t break). I did it again. (it didn’t break) So one more time. (it broke apart) Last stop was the scrap bin. All went well with the new box but I felt sorry for throwin’ box. I pulled it out of the scrap bin and did some cutting and trimming and now I had:

Rescue box. This time it fell right into place. The lid, after trimming, fit perfect inside the box body. I drilled some holes, made some pins, and had a new style of box I have never made. It was looking good. I added some ebony stain and red felt, three coats of gloss polyurethane and all I could say was wow! I remembered I had some .22 cal shell casings I found on a walk and had an idea. Drill twelve hole and tap them in. I now had :

Bullet box. I thought this box would now sell for some one to keep shells in. I brought it upstairs and my wife loved it. She asked how much I was going to sell it for. I said “oh, 20 or 25 dollars”. She wanted to buy it and I told her for her it’s free. She said no, “but I will give you all the money in this envelope”. OK. Sold for 5 dollars and now is:

recipe box. A gift to our Son for a place to keep her recipes in at his house. To keep his favorites that she cooks.

Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoyed the story of “box of many names”.

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





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kiefer

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#1 posted 03-30-2016 12:56 AM

That is quite a story and this box left you with a lot of design opportunity’s as I call them by the sounds of it . Now it’s a recipe box for some bullet prove recipes for your son from your wife ”priceless ”

Klaus

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

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HeartlandTX

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#2 posted 03-30-2016 02:33 AM

I like the use of the 22 empties… great accent.

-- Enjoying life and making a difference.

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doubleDD

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#3 posted 03-30-2016 03:02 AM

I like that black stain Jeff, a lot going on there. Brings out the grain. Reminds me of a box for treasures.
A box for treasure recipes, it has a ring to it. Nice save.

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

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Boxguy

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#4 posted 03-30-2016 04:54 AM

Jeff, it is a fine box and an even better story. Thanks for sharing both with us. I can’t say I have ever thrown a box, but I do have a “time out corner” where a couple of my boxes sit for weeks at a time if they misbehave as yours did. I had one today that I just gave away because it couldn’t really be saved to sell. I am glad your trial led you to a new design and a different look. Nice work. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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CFrye

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#5 posted 03-30-2016 10:33 AM

You definitely deserve a persistence award for this one, Jeff. Thrown against a cinder block wall 3 times before it broke? Stoutly built, too! The ebony stain looks good on the Poplar(?) contrasting nicely with the brass and the red. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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jeffswildwood

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#6 posted 03-30-2016 11:36 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone. I appreciate them. Kiefer, my Son even photographed it not knowing it was his. I love it when I “accidentally” find a new way to make a box. When the box tells me what it wants to be. Heartland, I had a feeling on this and really liked the look also. Dave, I bought the stain for my medicine cabinet project and thought it would look nice on a box. Guess I was right. Al. actually, this is the first project I lost my temper with. Normally I set it aside and come back to it later. I actually did that with this one. If it didn’t find a home it would have had another name, shop box. Candy, I too was amazed at how stout it was. Titebond II and joinery are some good stuff. Yes, that is poplar, good eye!

Thanks everyone for looking and the kind comments!

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

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CFrye

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#7 posted 03-30-2016 11:51 AM

LOL Jeff, the only ‘good eye’ that plays into this identification is reading from what you made the other boxes!

-- God bless, Candy

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Josh

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#8 posted 03-30-2016 01:09 PM

I call this box phenomenon El Neato.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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jeffswildwood

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#9 posted 03-30-2016 01:37 PM

Candy :) Josh, thanks for the comment!

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

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helluvawreck

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#10 posted 03-30-2016 03:29 PM

This is a very sharp looking box and 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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#11 posted 03-30-2016 03:33 PM

Jeff, I really like your lid design. The box is awesome!

-- 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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#12 posted 03-30-2016 03:40 PM

Love the box and the story.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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jeffswildwood

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#13 posted 03-30-2016 04:40 PM

Thanks Lee and Monte. I appreciate the comments. I was glad I could save it. Make something useful out of something I scrapped.

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

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Chad

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#14 posted 04-03-2016 01:53 AM

How’d you get the wood stained to look like that?

-- Wood is awesome.

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jeffswildwood

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#15 posted 04-03-2016 11:41 PM

Chad, the wood is poplar, sanded to 220 and stained with minwax ebony stain. Allowed to soak in for about five minuets. Finished with three coats of polyurethane. (Gloss). The inside is danish oil. (two coats). I used a foam brush to apply both and wiped the excess stain off.

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

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