Couple of small boxes

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Project by northlander posted 01-28-2010 03:07 AM 1641 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a couple boxes I made with some scrap in the shop, the first is birds eye maple with walnut, and the smaller box is curly maple and walnut. Despite their small size they weren’t without their challenges. You’ll notice the birds eye box has a lovely walnut bottom, that’s what happens when you set it aside for a few months and finally decide to finish it and you cut off the bottom for the lid. The bottom was re-engineered with another piece of birds eye for the final product. The curly maple box was a little taller to start with but I was a bit overzealous cutting the 45s and didn’t pay attention to the dado for the bottom. I had two perfect grooves a on the outside of the box which I thought about using as a design element but ultimately decided to cut it off and leave the sides symmetrical. Overall it was a pretty good demonstration of needing to pay attention even on the small projects.

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#1 posted 01-28-2010 03:20 AM


-- Happy woodworking!

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#2 posted 01-28-2010 03:26 AM

Great save. These are a lovely set of boxes. Small projects like this can be a real test of your spacial orientation skills. I know, because I had almost the exact same experience with a tea box that I’m currently working on.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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#3 posted 01-28-2010 03:47 AM

Very nice group of boxes

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 01-28-2010 05:04 AM

They are gorgeous, NL.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 01-28-2010 05:05 AM

Nice boxes!

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#6 posted 01-28-2010 05:10 AM

The grain in the birds eye box is spectacular!

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#7 posted 01-28-2010 06:00 AM

I never met a box I didn’t like or one that wasn’t a challenge. Good job.


-- Jim

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#8 posted 01-28-2010 06:18 AM

Very nice work. I like the combinations of woods. I haven’t advanced to putting wax over the Danish Oil. Does the wood keep the soft feel? I see you like to make boxes for the same reason I do- it’s a learning experience each time.


-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#9 posted 01-28-2010 08:12 AM

Fantastic group of boxes. Like all of the wood combos. Great designs, and “Mid Process Design Changes” Great save.

Fantastic use of scraps! Keep it up.


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

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#10 posted 01-28-2010 11:23 AM

Perfect recovery! Nice.

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

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#11 posted 01-28-2010 02:43 PM

They look great. We would have never known, if you hadn’t said something.

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

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#12 posted 01-28-2010 08:00 PM

Nice job. The varying spline sizes and contrasting dowels look great.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#13 posted 02-04-2010 08:54 PM

Love the simplicity…these are great! I like the different length splines.

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#14 posted 02-07-2010 04:34 AM

Very nice projects : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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