First Box

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Project by Dchip posted 03-26-2010 04:53 PM 1736 views 11 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to do a box for some time, and this is the fruit of my first efforts. Wood is cherry and ebony. Finish is Danish Oil followed by semi-gloss Arm R Seal and wax. I really enjoyed box-making, and this will certainly not be my last, as the options seem limitless at this point. I still have much progress to make on my hinge installation and box top alignment techniques (though I suppose the two go hand-in-hand). All comments/critiques/criticisms are appreciated.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#1 posted 03-26-2010 04:57 PM

Very nice looking. Actually has a bit of Asian look to it with the wider feet and overhanging lid.
I like it. Well done.

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

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#2 posted 03-26-2010 05:22 PM

I actually forgot to give credit to a number of boxes I saw here on LJs, with the most notable going to Ben.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#3 posted 03-26-2010 05:46 PM

I wish my first box had looked remotely as good as this one. I really like the leg design.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 03-26-2010 05:56 PM

Looks pretty good, like it very much.
Thank you for sharing!

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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#5 posted 03-26-2010 06:18 PM

Hi Charlie,
Your boxes were another source of inspiration, I especially like the Padauk & Goncalo Alves Box and may try to mimic a few of the design elements in future work.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#6 posted 03-26-2010 08:18 PM

looking good – now you got the bug!!

-- -erik & christy-

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#7 posted 03-26-2010 08:22 PM

Very nice box Dan, love the simple but elegant design with a “touch of asian” added to it.

Very clean and crisp joinery, job well done…..........especiallly for your first box!!!!!

Can’t wait to see more of what may come.

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#8 posted 03-26-2010 09:52 PM

Looks great.
Box making is an area that I would also like to get into after I develop a few more skills.

-- John

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#9 posted 03-27-2010 12:14 AM

great job! I have made a few boxes myself and i still have a hard time with the hinges and tops cuz of the hinges. One thing, where did you get the lid stay chain from? I can’t seem to find ones that small.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#10 posted 03-27-2010 02:21 AM

Great looking box. Well done.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#11 posted 03-28-2010 03:45 AM

Nice job, you have some cool detail going on in there.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#12 posted 03-29-2010 02:43 PM

Thanks for all the input.

bigike – the chain is from lee valley, I just used the wire snips on my pliers to cut the chain too length. They are far from the fanciest out there, but they work well and look good, at least for now.,43740,43741

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#13 posted 03-30-2010 07:14 PM

I am impressed, this is a nice design and you have some good skills!
This is such a pleasing design, solid looking but still elegant, and its says” quality”.
I look forward to seeing more from you,

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#14 posted 06-21-2010 03:37 AM

Dchip – Beautiful box. I really like how you beveled the underside of the lid. It makes it feel not so heavy and is a really nice design detail. Good Job.

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#15 posted 06-21-2010 03:39 AM

This is a fantastic first or any box. Beautiful

-- Custom furniture

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