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Project by Boxguy posted 10-29-2016 02:27 AM 765 views 5 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As always, thanks for looking. I am looking forward to any comments you care to make. It is your comments that make postings so much fun to do. I will reply to all your comments, but it may take a day or two this time. I have a birthday party to attend. Check back for feedback.

Pictured is a sort of tray/box (16” L x 6” W x 5” H) made of quarter-sawn White Oak with Orange Wood corner splines and a Cherry veneer plywood bottom. The two center dividers are dadoed into the sides.

The small dividers on the bottom are decorative and serve mostly to fill in the dado grooves on the bottom. They do improve the look and make it appear more finished.

The finish is one coat Tung Oil, two coats poly, one coat Johnson’s Paste Wax.
Details about finish are at this link.

Last year my Grandson was deep into Star Wars. So I made a six jar holder that would hold lots of his “guys.”

This year it is Legos and and Bionicals. So it needed a new type of holder.

Bionicals are large structures, but they do sort of fold up and can be fit into a large jar with a large lid. These jars held Kroger brand peanut butter and pretzels. The jars are a great fit for this project, but I did need help eating the pretzels.

My signature look on my boxes is corner splines. This is a link to a short video that shows how to make and install corner splines.

The Orange Wood corner splines really glow in bright light, and they give this box a focal point.

As many of you know Dad and Grampa projects are the best. I’ll give this to my Chief Product Tester and see how it works.

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN





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DocSavage45

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#1 posted 10-29-2016 02:48 AM

Al,

Good to see you making boxes. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 10-29-2016 03:14 AM

the smile says it all …....... GREAT JOB

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#3 posted 10-29-2016 03:30 AM

hey there Al, i was afraid you had gotten yourself boxed into a corner, your a very splined….oopppss i mean kind grandpa to fix your grandson up with these jars and the beautiful box, i like how you did this one, making sure the datto was filled in on the bottom, its little touches like those that make the box spot on, beautiful job AL…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Boxguy

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#4 posted 10-29-2016 04:54 AM

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Doc, thanks. It is good to be back in the shop. You don’t know how important good health is to you and those you love until you go through a rough stretch. Thanks too for the shout out on the spline jig. Nice work.

Tony, I am very fortunate to have the chance to be a grandpa to such a fine young grandson. He is lots of fun for us.

Grizz, thanks for being so supportive to so many of us on this site. Hope you are doing well. Keep boxing and keep posting when you can.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 10-29-2016 06:29 AM

Al, credit where credit is due! Got your pneumonia and flue shot? I did this year. Lets see some boxing sir. I’m finishing up a long term project . Making a lawn tractor/wood shed from materials I’ve kept to use “someday.” No more tomorrows, just todays.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 10-29-2016 07:12 AM

Al – That looks like the perfect solution. Well made and strong. Just the job for kids and I’m sure the box will feature in your grandson’s play scenarios too. It is amazing to watch children expressing their imagination through play.

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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Boxguy

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#7 posted 10-29-2016 08:16 AM

Doc, got lots of shots.

I spent 20 years building my shop, implement storage, father’s apartment, all in one building. It has over 5,500 square feet. With a full bath, laundry, kitchen, office, living room, library, bedroom, and fireplace. A 36×50 shop. and a 36×50 basement. It grew bigger than my house.

Now that was a long-term project! Like you, I have more yesterdays than tomorrows.

Brit, nice comment, thanks. You are right, watching my grandsons play and invent dialogue, sing songs, and create all kinds of crashes is great fun. If you have children or grandchildren, treasure every day they are young and yours.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 10-29-2016 09:43 AM

What a lucky young man is your grandson who has a grandpa like you Al. Enjoy them won’t be long and they’ll be gone! What a great project.

Thanks for sharing,
Chuck aka The Sedcokid

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#9 posted 10-29-2016 01:46 PM

Looks great Al, very nicely done. I’m sure your product tester is going to enjoy it as well, and his parents will be thankful there’s a place for everything.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#10 posted 10-29-2016 03:20 PM

Fabulous work, that will be appreciated for many tomorrows.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com

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#11 posted 10-29-2016 05:29 PM

It looks very nice and it also looks like you have made him very happy. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 10-29-2016 09:44 PM

Nice work on the box!

Maybe boxguy and I should team up …
Click for details

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Boxguy

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#13 posted 10-29-2016 10:33 PM

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Chuck, thanks for the kind words. My grandson is a lot of fun for us. It is entertaining just to watch him play. Of course you are right they do grow up too fast.

Tooch, his parents did thank me as well. Thanks for the complements. Hey, did you notice there are some splines in this box? I almost made lap joint corners in your honor (not really):

Henry, I hope he will find a future use for this box. It fits nicely on his shelves.

Charles, he did light up when he got it today. It was fun to see him put it to use with some of his projects. He put some toys in it right away.

Gerry, it took me a beat to get the idea, but you are replacing the seal on the mason jar with a wooden piece so the lid will lift off more easily. Two questions: What do you keep in the jars? Why not make a lid large enough to do away with the threads all together? You have posted some beautiful turnings.

-- Big Al in IN

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#14 posted 10-29-2016 11:16 PM

Gerry, it took me a beat to get the idea, but you are replacing the seal on the mason jar with a wooden piece so the lid will lift off more easily. Two questions: What do you keep in the jars? Why not make a lid large enough to do away with the threads all together? You have posted some beautiful turnings.

Actually, the lid screws on like any other Mason jar lid. The metal band (with the threads) is glued into the wood blank. You just put the metal lid (with the rubber seal) in the jar, and screw the lid on. You can put about anything you want in it … we are going to give them as Christmas gifts with the fixings for a bean soup my wife makes that is real popular with our family and guests.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#15 posted 10-30-2016 08:27 PM

Well, Big Al, you keep turning out some fine work—and of course the box ain’t bad, either…...!

I’ll bet he hands his beloved boxes down to his grandkids—not a bad thing to leave behind!

-- Dean

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