Small box from scraps

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Project by Dan Bachelor posted 1670 days ago 1284 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my second project, and first box which featured wrap-around grain. I was inspired by a 5/4 hunk of old wood that fell on me out of the rafters in my parents house, which I think my grandfather had probably stashed up there thinking it might have a good use someday (Thanks grandpa!). I had to chisel some crud off of it and pull some nails (!), but it cleaned up superbly and I wish I knew what kind of wood it is! Teak? Walnut? Heck, I don’t know! (any ideas?) I re-sawed it and cut the pieces on the table saw, and learned that a thin kerf is important for matching slanted grain across pieces.

The lid is a collage of scraps leftover from the first jewelry box; these pics were taken pre-hinges and lining. (I always think I’ll go back and take better, more careful pics later and then never get around to it after the initial excitement wears off!)

-- Dan B

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#1 posted 1670 days ago

A fine lookin box. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#2 posted 1670 days ago

Thank you sir! (almost up to 5 posts! heheh)

-- Dan B

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#3 posted 1670 days ago

that is a mighty fine looking box….and I would have to say that the wood looks to be walnut…nicely done.

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#4 posted 1670 days ago

nice box, is that the same finnish as the other one?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 1670 days ago

Very beautiful box. And much more meaningful that you can link it to your granddad.

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#6 posted 1670 days ago

I really like your box Dan, BUT May I suggest for future projects, use a neutral backdrop for your pictures. The first one is hard to see the box because of all the things around it.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#7 posted 1670 days ago

Point well taken—I will work on the photography skills! I always intend to go back and take better pictures, but quickly lose my zeal. Thanks!

-- Dan B

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#8 posted 1670 days ago

Nice work on using up those scraps. Isn’t amazing what a difference wrapping the grain makes in a small piece like this. Really great job. I’m guilty of this same thing when photographing my pieces too. I often take pics while still in the shop and I need to get more of the pieces in their final home.

-- The Hand Tool School is Open for Business! Check out my blog and podcast "The Renaissance Woodworker" at

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#9 posted 1670 days ago

I love the use of scrap wood, but more than that, the way you orientated it….makes a beautiful box that is now a memory of your heritage.

-- "There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out alll fear." 1 John 4: 18

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#10 posted 1670 days ago

Great box well done

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 1670 days ago

Fantastic box and story. Granpa passed down the wood. haha Great use of scraps. Like the way you arranged them for the final look.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#12 posted 1669 days ago

That’s a great box Dan. I couldn’t tell you what would it is, but it looks great. Nice work with the lid as well.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#13 posted 1668 days ago

Great lookin box. I wish my scrap pile had wood like that in it. LOL

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#14 posted 1662 days ago

A fantastic looking box. Your Grandpa had a great eye for wood candy.

A perfect board for wrapping around empty spaces.

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

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#15 posted 206 days ago

Great box. Wonderful story

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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