Recepie Boxes

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Project by WWilson posted 1627 days ago 1301 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are 2 recepie boxes I made for Christmas gifts. The Walnut lid box is sized for 3×5 cards and the Maple, natural edged one is made to fit 5×7 cards. The boxes are constructed using simple miter joints and then I splined the miters in the top and bottom corners for reinforcement. I used 1/4” BB Ply for the bottom which was recieved into a groove in the sides of the box. Each box has a groove cut in the top at 15 degrees to hold the recepie card. I made the groove with my hand saw held against a piece of scrap I ripped at 15 deg. The fore / aft placement of the groove was done by eye.

The finish is a blend of Danish and Tung oil. The hinges were very simple – just screwed to the back of the box. I couldn’t get steel screws to pre-tap the holes so I pre-drilled and then used beeswax on the brass screws that came with the hinges and they came out great. I highly reccomend waxing small screws for projects like this. It make the assembly so much easier!

Lastly, I tried to dress up the inside cover of the natural edge box with a scrap of Walnut I had lying around. The figure was beautiful but the board was cracked and nore really usable as a top by itself. I used my coping saw on the left side of the natural edge lid to match the contour of the right side. The natural edge not only is unique but it is a built in handle!

If I had more time I would have made a simple felt liner for the bottom of each box. I think this would have been a real nice touch but I had to deliver these before Christmas.

Could anyone please help me with the proper name for the type of maple that is the natural edge box? I have been calling it “Tiger Maple” because of the stripes but am not really sure if that is correct. I would appreciate your input.

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John Stegall

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#1 posted 1627 days ago

Tiger maple and quilted maple have been used for this type of figure. This one I would call quilted, but what do I know? Maybe it is just in the “eye” of the beholder. You did good job.

-- jstegall

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#2 posted 1627 days ago

I like them but if my wife sees them i will have another project to build
good use of the natural edge it adds a nice handle to the lid

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

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#3 posted 1627 days ago

I really like the combination for those two woods.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#4 posted 1627 days ago

Nice little box. I like that you didn’t make the sides too thick. Many do make that mistake but you didn’t. I also like the recipe holder. Beautiful wood on both.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 1627 days ago

I just finished a couple recipe boxes for a commission. I really like the “cut” for a holder of the card.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#6 posted 1626 days ago

I’ve seen a lot of boxes (don’t run with that), but these are cool. I really like the live edge also. Again, seen its use on tables and such, but it just seems to be a nice touch in this case. The groove for the card holder is neat also. This one’s going in my favorites. Good job, and thanks for posting.

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#7 posted 1626 days ago

Execllent work, very nice finish, great craftsmanship.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 1626 days ago

Very cool boxes.

-- Custom furniture

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