The Christmas boxes

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Project by NikBrown posted 12-24-2009 02:41 AM 1888 views 10 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well due to a surprise bill from the IRS (a side job from 3 years ago that got messed up in reporting) I decided to see what I could turn out from the shop with the following 2 constraints:
1. Must be almost entirely built from scraps/offcuts
2. Have to produce 5 boxes in 2.5 weeks working only every other evening and 2 half days from the weekends.

I decided to make 3 jewelry boxes and 2 cd/other boxes.

My first jewelry box is my first attempt at anything greene and greene inspired…. I had a lot of fun with it. walnut / lacewood / ebony. I still need to make the dividers for it tomorrow. I’m pretty hooked on this style i for-see entire rooms filled with G&G furniture.

The second 2 jewelry boxes are made from rosewood and cherry. They look a little strange now but I think they will look great in 1-2 years once the cherry darkens up.

The 2 cd/misc boxes are made from walnut lined with ash and a lacewood top panel.

All are finished with Watco Danish Oil, a few coats of Shellac and a rubdown and buff of paste wax.

I let the dimensions of my scrap determine the size of the boxes and my total cost of purchased supplies came in under $30. The walnut boxes are going to my 3 brothers and the 2 cherry and rosewood boxes are going to my mom and MOL.

-- - Where woodworking and technology somehow get along.

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#1 posted 12-24-2009 03:22 AM

interesting use of box joints – kinda norwegian looking

-- -erik & christy-

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#2 posted 12-24-2009 04:12 AM

This is a super way to use up scraps.
They all came out looking nice.

Super Job !!


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#3 posted 12-24-2009 05:03 AM

My compliments. I much admire them and I worry I’m getting addicted to these things. Just made my first valet box with a lid.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#4 posted 12-24-2009 05:20 AM

Nice! I also am a big fan of G&G – I like the details.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 12-24-2009 05:32 AM

Good for you! Very smart way to stretch the dollar, something we all need to these days. I especially like the G&G box, very nicely done.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#6 posted 12-24-2009 08:07 AM

Awsome job, looks real good.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#7 posted 12-24-2009 08:47 AM

great bunch of boxes.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 12-24-2009 01:10 PM

good job

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#9 posted 10-17-2011 03:01 PM

Nice work! I like the G&G box and the wood combinations you used. I’ve been wanting to try something with lacewood.

-- Steve, Pennsylvania

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