|Project by Todd A. Clippinger||posted 01-18-2010 05:58 AM||4451 views||22 times favorited||24 comments|
These boxes are made of red oak for the sides and black walnut for the bottom.
The finish is Watco Danish Oil – Natural. This looks perfect on a simple box and is super easy to apply.
These were donated to a charity fundraiser auction as part of a wine package that my wife wanted to put together. There were two bottles of wine, a donated gift certificate to a local Italian restaurant, and these boxes.
Rita bought a bag of colorful wood curls to pack the bottles in and tied the two boxes together in a purple ribbon of some sort. It made for an extremely attractive display. She comes up with some pretty creative ideas.
I made the boxes as simple as possible to knock them out quick. They feature extended through dovetails held together with a dowel pin through the first finger and dovetail in each corner.
These dovetails are tight and with the addition of the pin, they could have been assembled without glue and I doubt that they would ever come apart due to the mechanical lock on the joints. This is my favorite way to lock dovetail joints.
One other note on design; the semi circle cut in the ends adds tremendous value aesthetically. I have made boxes with and without this “finger hole” and they look much better if it is added. A very simple thing to add that adds a lot of value visually.
These were made from some of the wood that I did not give away in my most recent purging of scrap material from the shop. Just goes to show what you can make from small boards.
I don’t make boxes very often and this seems to be adding to the effect of creating demand for them. The lady that won this package in the silent auction said that she kept her eye on them because she could not get me to make boxes for her. The problem is that most people are not willing to pay my shop rate for simple boxes.
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-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com