Small Maple Box

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 07-03-2016 01:40 PM 866 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve recently noticed an abundance of thin stock laying around the shop, so I’ve been using it for appropriately-sized boxes. Small boxes made from 1/4 – 1/8 thick materials present a fun challenge…. there isn’t a whole lot of room for error! :-)

The top and bottom of this one are floating panels of spalted maple. Finish is a Danish oil, buffed out on my three-wheel buffer. I rarely use box hardware, usually sticking with friction-fit lids, but I decided to use some hardware that has been collecting dust in a drawer for a while. I’d forgotten how much fun it was to work with #1 brass screws (not!).

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

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#1 posted 07-03-2016 01:55 PM

Nice job. I like the light effect.
I’ve been trying to get inspired to get back into the shop and do some meaningful work (as opposed to busy work on my to do list). You may have provided me with just the push I needed. Lots of wood. Lots of time. Just needed inspiration.

-- Whatever

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#2 posted 07-03-2016 02:07 PM

Very nice little box. I also enjoy the challenge of small boxes.

-- Andy Smith

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#3 posted 07-03-2016 02:11 PM

That looks great Charlie. It’s amazing how changing scale from larger pieces to smaller ones requires adjusting your techniques and skills to match. The banding/inlay looks really cool, did you make that for this project?

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#4 posted 07-03-2016 03:16 PM

Very nice charley, great looking box.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 07-03-2016 03:34 PM

Simple and tastefully done

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

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#6 posted 07-03-2016 05:11 PM


Douglas, I stumbled onto an eBay find of a bunch of very old inlay a few years ago, and I’ve been using it a little at a time ever since. I wrote about it here.

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

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#7 posted 07-03-2016 06:15 PM

Beautiful inlay detail!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 07-03-2016 06:22 PM

Charlie, that’s a great box and you did a wonderful job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#9 posted 07-03-2016 08:18 PM

Boy I heard that, those little screws… Anyway, great looking box.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#10 posted 07-03-2016 10:02 PM

Ahh, Charles. The elegance of simplicity. Well done.

-- Mark

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#11 posted 07-03-2016 11:03 PM

Looking good in thin woods. The joy of #1s only improves with age!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#12 posted 07-03-2016 11:15 PM

Another thin masterpiece :)

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#13 posted 07-03-2016 11:39 PM

Thanks, guys.

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

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#14 posted 07-04-2016 10:25 AM

great use of thin stock..well done!!!

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#15 posted 07-04-2016 12:48 PM

Charlie, it’s a Beaut ! nice design and color combinations, another classic !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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