Oak box

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Project by dennis mitchell posted 09-02-2007 12:29 AM 2141 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Picking up a few projects from storage to take to the WDC I came across this old box. Someone had dropped it (maybe threw it) and it was pretty well damaged. They didn’t tell me about it so I’ve had a bad vibes from it. Anyway today I did some distressing and glazing to it. Fixed the hinges. Way back when I had a college assignment to build a drawer. Also had one to build a door. I happened to combine the two assignments into this box. Oak is not my carving wood of choice. It seems to be the wrong size. Too small to be a chest. Too large to fit on a dresser. Then again thats why we got to school…to learn.

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#1 posted 09-02-2007 12:34 AM


This is very nice. Beautiful carving and finish. I’d be proud of this piece.

As an aside – you’ve sure got a clean workbench!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 09-02-2007 12:35 AM

Well, Dennis, I like your old box. Tht looks like old Chinee man playing a harp. Well done.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 09-02-2007 12:39 AM

what a wonderful box!!! The carving is very .. hmmm… not sure what the word is, but it draws me in, into a world of.. mystery, contemplation, depth…

Gorgeous box. And what is the size??

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 09-02-2007 12:58 AM

Hey, Dennis, this piece is wonderful, just falls within my definition of a small wooden box, which in case you didn’t know, I just love.

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

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#5 posted 09-02-2007 01:25 AM

Beautiful carving and box. Great work, you should be proud.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 09-02-2007 01:43 AM

Nice piece. Hope you enjoyed the memories of making it.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 09-02-2007 12:41 PM

It looks like a winner to me. Great job well done!

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#8 posted 09-03-2007 01:43 PM

Great job Dennis, as always, That had to be tough in oak. Wow, bet you had a couple blisters. Beautiful box, nice color. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 09-04-2007 12:49 AM

beautiful work Dennis!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#10 posted 09-15-2007 12:00 AM

More bad vibes from this box! I took it to the Western design Conference to keep my supplies in…well the glass cleaner leaked all over everything. What a mess. Half the inside is now black from the ammonia in the glass cleaner.

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#11 posted 09-15-2007 04:28 AM

Sorry about the unintentional modifications. But I guess you can spill some more on it and contuinue the stain job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 09-19-2007 06:18 PM

so frustrating … Let us know what you do about the inside.
You didn’t luck out with a funky design inside, did you?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 09-19-2007 06:23 PM

Great looking box Dennis. Maybe you should spray the rest of the box inside with window cleaner, to make it all the same color? Then give it away so it does not give you any more bad vibes.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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