My First Box

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Project by Maveric777 posted 01-16-2010 02:30 PM 2048 views 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I debated even showing this box here on Lumber Jocks at all. I decided to go ahead and post it up so I can keep a “Diary” of sorts of how I am coming along in my wood work. This is my first box ever….

Believe it or not. This extremely simple box has a lot of time invested in it. I dubbed it my “Educational Box” due to the fact that I basically cut my teeth as far as box building goes with this one. I have the material to build a nice one but didn’t want to tear into good lumber not knowing what I was doing at all. I have learned so much with this little ugly duckling that I plan on keeping it around for myself.

I incorporated many little techniques in this box that I only read about strictly for the learning aspect. Some worked.. some didn’t. I will go into my next box light years ahead of this one. To me that makes it worth it.

I also wanted to post this for other beginners like myself here on LJ to prove they aren’t alone and this is a learning process.

Thanks for checking out my sad little box…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#1 posted 01-16-2010 03:26 PM

I’d say you’re on the right track. Very nice job. Now ya need to get some flocking and flock the inside and wala it’ll make difference.

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#2 posted 01-16-2010 03:31 PM

good job, i see u had trouble with the hinges.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#3 posted 01-16-2010 03:42 PM

Dan, I don’t see a ugly duckling there! lol I see a very nice box with clean lines, nice detail with the beveled edges and corner, and good craftsmanship. It doesn’t look like a “first” box to me. Great job and thanks for sharing.
The best thing about woodworking is, it’s a non-stop learning experience. I learn something new everytime I do another project and everytime I come to Lumber Jocks. Look forward to seeing many more of your projects in the future.

-- John @

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#4 posted 01-16-2010 03:59 PM

People don’t realize how hard it is to make a box unless they’ve tried it.

This is a nice looking box, and a heck of a lot better than my first one.

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

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#5 posted 01-16-2010 04:13 PM

I am glad you posted your project Dan, it is not as bad as you might think. As Charlie indicated, you have not seen many others first project. In my opinion, the pleasure of working with wood is the best thing out there. Improving our skills is a natural outcome of those pleasures and I am sure you will benefit greatly from this site. Keep posting!!

-- Dave, Southern IL.,

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#6 posted 01-16-2010 04:24 PM

Even Norm Abrahm made mid build changes, and even went back to earlier projects to correct some “beginner problems”. That box is perfect! The chamfered edged lid and box are well shaped and appear appropriate. The hinges look mortised and square. Next the finish, if you haven’t applied it yet, use something that will compliment the grain type. Use of a semi gloss or satin finish, will complement the wood best. Great first box.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#7 posted 01-16-2010 04:47 PM

Dang Dan….that doesn’t look like a first timer. Thats a nice little box. Charlie is telling you the real truth about people not knowing how hard it can be to make a box. You did a good job. Great idea of trying different things on the project. Great way to learn.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#8 posted 01-16-2010 05:48 PM

Well Dan, your first box looks a heck of a lot better then mine did.
Making boxes and making them look nice is no easy thing.
Some of these guys like Charlie (above) make some spectacular examples and you are in the right place to benifit from their know-how.
That box will be pleasing to you a long time from now.
Nice Job!

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#9 posted 01-16-2010 06:21 PM

Very nice first box Dan

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 01-16-2010 06:41 PM

it looks like another one caught the fever. nice job,

-- I get out in the shop when I can

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#11 posted 01-16-2010 07:03 PM

This is a GREAT box !!
I would have never know this was your first.
I did the same thing as you did,
a practice box so as not to totally ruin good wood.

I like the way you chamfered the corners.
Move on to the good wood, and lets see some boxes : )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#12 posted 01-16-2010 07:52 PM

working with wood is so unique – i live in florida where humidity changes greatly – the wood is constantly changing . great job and keep challenging yourself

-- -erik & christy-

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#13 posted 01-16-2010 11:43 PM

I like your box it has simple lines and a clean look anyone could slap a box together but making it look good with no visible nails/rough joints is as hard as any task a person could take on, People have spent there entire life training to make smooth transitions in material and finish.

I think this is a wonderful box you should be proud that you have been given such talent

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#14 posted 01-16-2010 11:51 PM

I’m a beginner too – and I know it’s hard to get things to match up like that. Great box.

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#15 posted 01-17-2010 02:39 AM

Simple and elegant….

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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