first simple box (humidor) made with my "poor man's router table"

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Project by dakremer posted 01-27-2010 04:18 AM 4334 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my very first ever wood working project (besides simple shelves, etc). Definitely could have done a lot better, but just doing it to see how things would go on my router table, and to learn how to make a box. Its made just out of some clear pine and some aspen. Really cheap. Finished with a couple of coats of spray on lacquer. On the inside I TRIED to tile it with spanish cedar – didn’t turn out as good as it could have, but the only tools I used were my “poor man’s router table” (which is posted under my projects) and some hand tools. No hardware yet, as I dont really know how to do it!!!! – no better way to learn then on a cheap box!!! Thanks for looking

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#1 posted 01-27-2010 04:19 AM

A good job looks great.

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#2 posted 01-27-2010 04:27 AM

Yes, thats a good job. I think we will be seeing good things from you in the future.

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#3 posted 01-27-2010 04:33 AM

The outside of the box looks great. Worthy of a more expensive pehaps exotic wood….walnut, bloodwood, purpleheart etc. Nice design, nice lines. The inside tile thing…...well, <lightheartedly> not quite sure what you were aiming for but I do think you missed. Believe me, been there and done that more times than I would like to admit. Keep making sawdust.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 01-27-2010 04:37 AM

Nice design and beautifully done. Great work.
.....”Definitely could have done a lot better”.... yes you could. To me it is perfect, I just couldn’t imagine how the box will look like if it is better than this.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 01-27-2010 04:45 AM

I didn’t think the tiled look on the inside looked THAT bad as Ohwoodeye suggested…I didn’t have the tools to make all the tiles the exact depth….thats why they are not. close as I could get!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#6 posted 01-27-2010 05:01 AM

thats a better box than ive made in a while and the joints are clean and the edges well rounded and it looks like you took your time to get it just right if it were a gift id take it happily knowing that the care and attention to your personal skills and details are in it .
every project ive done sucks in some way or another but my friends and family never see my mistakes and the ones who do generally keep it to themselves or have kind remarks “lowsy joints but good use of colour” the thing is if you are happy with it than take the things you have learned into your next project and the ones that didnt pan out go into the fire pile to be saved in a few weeks to be split and re glues into something new.

my fire wood is my old projects and my projects are made from fire wood

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

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#7 posted 01-27-2010 06:54 AM

Nice job on the box with just a router table. Without a mitersaw or table or band saw it is hard to get the tiles exact but you made the effort and that is what counts. I’ll be it will make a good humidor.

Thanks for posting for us to see!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 01-27-2010 12:44 PM

Nice. Don’t be too hard on your self. Some projects come out great and some not so great. I just made these little clocks from a plan I read in a magaizine and they came out awful. I have been woodworking for over 25 yrs., Go figure. Enjoy and welcome to the site. My good friend is a back cracker here in Los Angeles.

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

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#9 posted 01-27-2010 01:28 PM

Great box. For hardware, barrel hinges work great. But since you’ve got a router table and bits, you could opt for making your own hinges. As far as the bottom cedar tiles, you could opt for filling the gaps with something like epoxy and crack filler from a woodworking catalog. (they have some that look like turquoise or gold). As far as any negative comments, be advised they are only suggestions. YOU DID NOT MISS THE POINT. You nailed it with your first box.

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

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#10 posted 01-27-2010 01:32 PM

I think it came out outstanding for your first box. You should be very proud of creating a nice little box like that with no experience and limited tool resource. What is cool is the fact that you are creating something this nice now …. Imagine what you will be able to do with some more experience under your belt. Watch out … you have the potential to knock out some very nice stuff. Keep up the great work and I look forward to seeing where you go with your work in the future….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#11 posted 01-28-2010 02:32 AM

If I had as many great projects as I have had total disasters, Id be a millionaire with my own line of stuff for sale, but, turns out, Im a hobbyist that ends up with an acceptable piece, just like many others I suspect. Keep up the good work.

-- wm, brandon,ms

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#12 posted 01-28-2010 08:14 PM

I believe your box turned out very well, even the inside with the uneven tiles.. Makes me think of this..

To me all projects are learning experiences in design and construction…
I am currently working on my first box project, and I put splines in the corners.. Well my next step is to cut them ALL back out, and glue more in – the splines were too tight and did not fully seat in the notches, so they are getting redone !! ;-)

Thank you for sharing.

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#13 posted 02-14-2010 02:02 PM

I think it’s a wonderful little box, and to cut so sharp by hand, thats just plain good.
I have to ask; this buttom, is the tiles in the buttom not expected to be loose, so it can keep the moisture, and as I belive, they have to untreated.
Nice job!

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#14 posted 02-14-2010 02:03 PM

Perhaps you can take a picture from the top and direct down, so it will be easier to see the buttom…

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 02-14-2010 09:17 PM

well the inside has to be Spanish Cedar – I beileve thats the only wood you can put in the inside to make a humidor work. The tiles were just an experiment for looks – I’m not sure if it’d be good for the humidification or not – maybe. I didnt want the tile to be uneven like that but when cutting by hand its really hard – and spanish cedar loses its shine when you sand it, so i didnt sand it either.

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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