First Box (Business Cards)

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Project by che posted 2423 days ago 1607 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to get a little practice before starting a matching set of boxes (one music, one jewelry). I found the piece of maple while wandering through home depot getting house supplies. I saw the ingrown bark and had to save the board. I chose a simple straightforward box to help highlight the natural beauty of the wood. I was afraid that any contrasting color would compete for attention.

I rough cut the pieces on the table saw, then hand planed all the pieces from the 3/4” board. The sides are 1/2” thick the bottom is just under 1/8” and the top is 1/4”. After the pieces were the proper thickness I cut them to final size on the Table saw. After glue-up I chiseled the mortises for the Brusso hinges (which I highly recommended). The finish is 2 coats of Watco Danish oil over planed surfaces.

-- Che.

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#1 posted 2423 days ago

Whoopee! Another box – this is just beautiful – the lid grain tells a story all its own. Keep them coming, Che, because I just love small wooden boxes!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#2 posted 2423 days ago

another great idea for a small fundraising item for Save the Children. You guys are definitely inspiring me!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 2423 days ago

Nice piece of wood you chose for the top. I hope the box bug has bitten you now…. the possibilities are endless!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 2423 days ago

Nice work very well done, looking forward to the other boxes that you are going to be working on.

-- Jeff B.

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#5 posted 2421 days ago

Got to love that wood. Nice work.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#6 posted 1298 days ago

Nice wood, nice work. They are natural statements of beauty, not aberrations to be cast off. Your scrap, my jewel!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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