A 'heritage' box for my cousin

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Project by YorkshireStewart posted 10-15-2007 11:50 PM 2412 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is big enough for most documents & photograph albums – memorabilia of sentimental / historical value – Clutter? Main structure is oak; mostly from ex school laboratory workbenches (you can see two filled screwholes on the inside!) and the lid panel in zebrano that retains its sapwood. Dovetails by courtesy of the Leigh jig. Finished with Danish oil.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 10-15-2007 11:51 PM

Stewart -

What a beautiful box! That is going to be a real treasure!


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#2 posted 10-15-2007 11:54 PM

Hello Stewart,

Lovely job with the box there. Really looks a nice homely piece – I really like the stock you’ve used for the lid, well done!

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#3 posted 10-16-2007 12:06 AM

Great box Stewart! Nice lines and your joinery looks top drawer.

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

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#4 posted 10-16-2007 12:16 AM

Great box, Stewart! Nice job of reclaiming wood.

I just found out that the old library at the university where I work is scheduled for demolition, and all the bookshelves are 3/4” oak. I’m just itching to get my hands on some of it!

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

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#5 posted 10-16-2007 12:42 AM

Fantastic! Make up a few more of these and throw away those plastic totes! – the grandchildren will get a kick out of exploring the contents & memories therin.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#6 posted 10-16-2007 12:50 AM

Nifty box, Stewart. I really like the top.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 10-16-2007 01:56 AM

Very nice, Stewart!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 10-16-2007 06:37 AM

Very nice box Stewart. I have a question about the pinned lid. How do you install your pins? Do you assemble the box sides, front, back and bottom – put the lid on and then drill the pin holes OR do you drill the holes in the sides, install the pins in the sides and then fit the pins into the lid when you assemble? If you do it the second way, how do you ensure that all of the pin holes line up correctly?

Charlie, if you get more of those 3/4” oak shelves than you can use – you know how to reach me :-))

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 10-16-2007 11:21 AM

I need a few of those—clutter boxes :)


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 10-16-2007 12:23 PM

Great box Stewart, great contrast in the top panel. I like the way you eased the edges of the panel into the frame.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#11 posted 10-16-2007 03:41 PM

Photograph & Memories…... That’s what the cousin will have for a very long time. Great piece of woodworking.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#12 posted 10-16-2007 03:46 PM

Beautiful box, Stewart!

I hear a lot about that Leigh jig. It must be a pretty nice tool.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#13 posted 10-16-2007 11:15 PM

Thanks again one and all for your interest and feedback. Cajunpen – my way with the lid/hinge pins is to glue up the whole box, and then, more or less last job before finishing, jam the lid into position with scraps of folded paper. Then drill holes through the sides into the lid edge all in one operation. I’ve been pretty successful up to now in doing that with a hand held drill, by eye. My wife got me a splendid pillar drill for my birthday & I’ve just completed a ‘table’ for it with fence and all, so I could in future do the drilling ‘properly’. That sounds like as really nice find Charlie M. Fingers crossed that it comes your way! Tom - the Leigh usually comes out well in the tests I’ve read. Picture #1 shows the variation in size of dovetails that its’ possible to produce.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#14 posted 10-17-2007 01:11 AM

Stuart, I believe this is the third box you’ve shown us – please keep them coming as I just love small wooden boxes. I make my pinned lid boxes the same way. The English Oak that you use is quite different than American Oak. To my eye it has more of an ‘old world’ look. Perhaps it’s also your finishing.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#15 posted 04-13-2009 11:40 PM

A very fine box Stuart. I especially like the way you installed the lid between the raised sides. It all looks just right. i also really liked your rustic box with the opposing wooden hinges. Both are very creative and nicely executed. I am not sure the drillpress, useful as it is, will improve the quality of your work. Looking forward to your future postings!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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