Walnut box (built with my boys)

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Project by Mcnervy posted 04-10-2016 04:05 PM 1214 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this box as a first run project for the Incra Ibox jig my wife bought me for our anniversary. This jig is awesome. But nothing compares to the first project that I built with my boys. Mason my 8 year old helped cutting mortises for the bread board ends. Carter by 6 year old helped with the sanding, they both helped with layout. They both loved wearing “Gas Masks”. The process was great, for all power tool activities they had specific standing areas, they both had a great time and listened well. The box is a present for Masons 8th Birthday. I found that the hollow chisel mortiser is a good first power tool as you can pull slow and it is very predictable. Many years before they use the table saw, but it was a wonderful experience for all and they are both very proud. Design would be called Easy Greene and Greene. The primary wood is Black Walnut from a tree that was removed from our back yard, the bread board ends are blood wood. The bottom of the box is Baltic birch ply. Thanks for looking, this is a great past time and passion, and Lumber jocks is a great site.

-- Bennett; If it can't be fixed with a hammer its an electical problem

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#1 posted 04-10-2016 04:57 PM

Nice project and even nicer story. Keep making memories!

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#2 posted 04-10-2016 10:21 PM

McNervy, this is a nice family project. I hope everyone had as much fun as it looked in the photos. I assume another family member took the nice photos. Good basic, simple design to the box. Does the top slide off to the side to come off? There are no shots of the open box, so I am just guessing. I know the focus here is a process and the really cute kids, but what are the dimensions of the box? Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 04-11-2016 01:05 AM

truly wonderful build, your kids are lucky to have a dad that will help them build and grow.

-- John Darlington Sc

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#4 posted 04-11-2016 12:57 PM

Nice work, both with the wood and the boys. You’re giving them a real head start. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#5 posted 04-11-2016 01:59 PM

Great project. Can’t wait for my boy to grow a little bigger.

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#6 posted 04-11-2016 02:18 PM

looks great

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#7 posted 04-11-2016 04:18 PM

Nice work dad. It is great to see skills being passed onto the youngsters. Something they will remember for a lifetime.

-- Marvel Woodworking, West Chester, PA -

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#8 posted 04-11-2016 05:51 PM

This is a beautiful box. Well done! Are there drawings or plans for a box like this?


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#9 posted 04-11-2016 05:57 PM

Great looking box! And another generation of woodworkers in the making!

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#10 posted 04-16-2016 09:20 PM

thanks for the kind words, working with my kids in the shop is incredibly great.
I am adding an photo with the box open, with a 8.5×11 sheet of paper for refernce of size

I don’t have any plans this basic construction is
-Finger joints on the sides of the box, used the incra I box, (made the fingers extra long for the overlap)
-chamfer’ed the easy side with a rigid belt sander with the table set at 45deg
-The hard sides were done with block plane sanding block and chisels
-There is a groove on the bottom of all sides to hold the bottom.
-bottom is baltic birch ply with a rabet cut to fit into the groove
-Bread board ends are blood wood, grooves cut on table saw, tenons cut with handsaw

-- Bennett; If it can't be fixed with a hammer its an electical problem

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