My first box, for daughter

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Project by shopmania posted 01-01-2010 11:43 PM 1221 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have seen so many beautiful boxes on LJ’s, and I’ve been wanting to try one. Bought a dovetail jig to make some fancy corners, but didn’t have what i needed to make the guide bushing fit my Bosch router.(I do now) So I thought I would try a box joint corner. I was able to make my own jig for the table saw/dadoe blade from some ideas I got on LJ’s. I made the box with 1/2 oak and poplar, with 1/4 luan for the top and bottom. Then I cut the top off on the table saw. I put a piece of 3/4 oak into the inset in the lid after routing an edge on it. I was going to put hinges on it, but the lid was almost as heavy as the box, so I lined the inside of the box with some 1/4 luan I had that I left proud on the top 1/4”, so the lid would nestle down over it. That and some felt on the bottom made it a little more finished looking.

I’ve got a long way to go, but was able to make this in a couple days when I was under the gun for Christmas. Some honey oak stain and a couple coats of poly finished it off. Thanks to all of you who put your beautiful boxes on the site. I really get a lot of ideas and inspiration from them. I hope to be making some nicer boxes soon! Thanks again everyone. Happy New Year!

It was a lot of fun to be able to make Christmas gifts this year, and have people be so pleased with them. Thanks for all the good ideas and examples. And thanks for looking!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#1 posted 01-01-2010 11:47 PM

Great first box. I look forward to seeing more.

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

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#2 posted 01-02-2010 03:42 PM

Looks really great, I have been busy working on my new Router Table Cabinet and haven’t had a chance to log on to LJ lately..

-- Mike, VT

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