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Project by ScottM posted 04-07-2017 02:24 PM 642 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of boxes that I made over the past couple of weekends.

The first one is made of cherry with a curly ambrosia maple panel in the lid. It is 3/4” thick so I tapered the sides toward the lid to lighten it up a bit. The lid and box miters have maple splines. The cherry grain also wraps around the box. Sprayed it with a few coats of semi-gloss lacquer. Nothing special. I came across a piece of cherry a while back and had never worked with it before so I thought I’d give it try. Cherry works very nice.

The second box is based on a couple of boxes by SplinterGroup. I don’t think mine is in the same class as his! This is based loosely on the information provided in his blog series. It’s made of several different species.
The box body is sapele, the base is walnut, the lid frame is goncalo alves, and the lid panel and feet are koa. The lid was resawn and bookmatched, my first attempt at this. The lid miter splines are maple.

I think it turned out ok. One of the main differences in mine was making the base out of a solid piece instead of the G&G style of the originals. The lid opens just past 90 degrees. The hinge is a peice of stainless steel piano hinge that I had left over from another project. I’m not sure I really like how it looks since I sort of messed up the recess for it in the lid when I beveled the back edge. I also had a bit of tear out when cutting the “box joint” notches because I did not have the cuts backed up well enough. After I noticed it I added a better backer board and it went better. I was able to get most of the tear out to the inside of the box.

There was a lot more to this project than I first thought but it was a good skills enhancer, and fun, thanks to the info in the blogs.





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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 04-07-2017 03:02 PM

Very nice looking boxes! They are more than ok! My favorite although both are nice would be the box in the first picture. I like look of the pined proud joints and the feet! Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 04-07-2017 03:03 PM

they look good

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#3 posted 04-07-2017 03:52 PM



Very nice looking boxes! They are more than ok! My favorite although both are nice would be the box in the first picture. I like look of the pined proud joints and the feet! Nice work!

- woodshaver (Tony)

Thanks Tony. I like that look too!

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#4 posted 04-07-2017 07:16 PM

Ooooh

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#5 posted 04-07-2017 07:31 PM

Scott, these are all beautiful boxes and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#6 posted 04-07-2017 09:39 PM

Ya done yourself proud! (and me 8^).

I stayed away from the solid bottom for mine due to past experience with wood movement, but I’m generally too paranoid (for my own good and for those watching me).

I bet that wood has a nice shimmer in the light!

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#7 posted 04-07-2017 10:12 PM

Great job, just make sure those stove burners are off and cold before putting the boxes on them to take pictures. LOL

Did you also make the cutting board and spoon holder in the background?

-- Leafherder

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#8 posted 04-07-2017 10:44 PM

These are wonderful boxes; great choices for the wood and finish. What an awesome way to learn new methods all while creating beautiful keepsakes.

-- WorkBenchInk, https://workbenchink.com

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#9 posted 04-08-2017 02:14 AM

Great looking boxes, nice wood combos.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#10 posted 04-08-2017 02:39 PM



Ya done yourself proud! (and me 8^).

I stayed away from the solid bottom for mine due to past experience with wood movement, but I m generally too paranoid (for my own good and for those watching me).

I bet that wood has a nice shimmer in the light!

Thanks. Evertything you provided helped. The bottom isn’t just one piece, It’s, I think, four peices glued together, I was a bit concerned too with movement so I hope this will take care of that. We’ll see…
- splintergroup


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#11 posted 04-08-2017 02:42 PM


Great job, just make sure those stove burners are off and cold before putting the boxes on them to take pictures. LOL

Did you also make the cutting board and spoon holder in the background?

- leafherder

Thanks, they were off but still a little warm from dinner. No problems. I made the cutting board but not the spoon holder. Interesting, a couple of years ago I made some single wine bottle carriers for gifts and needed something for the bottle dimensions. I tried measuring every which way but couldn’t get it right. That spoon holder was actually the EXACT dimensions I needed. So it has come in handy even if I didn’t make it.

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#12 posted 04-10-2017 03:22 PM

Nice boxes. Nice eye candy

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