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My first Box

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Project by Mcnervy posted 05-11-2010 04:32 AM 1771 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first box
I will admit I made it far to thick
Planing is a difficult setup in my small shop
and I was pushed to finish for my wife for our anniversary so I kept it thick
The front and back are african mahogany
the sides are maple
The bottom is poplar
the Top is my favorite bloodwood
The top banding is left over from my chess board (reduce REUSE recycle)
I did make the construction deadline but had to give it to the wife unfinished
I just added the finish when I did the Walnut oak cabinet
I am pleased with the dovetails on the side and the way the top looks
but I really should have made the sides at least 1/2 or maybe even 3/8
it is really heavy and looks a little clunky when open
But overall I am happy
finish 4 coats wiping poly

-- Bennett; If it can't be fixed with a hammer its an electical problem





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 05-11-2010 04:41 AM

This is a fantastic first box! I agree that it’s a little thick for its size, but all in all it is still a beautiful piece. I wish my first had looked anywhere near that good.

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

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#2 posted 05-11-2010 04:43 AM

Crazy cool super box

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#3 posted 05-11-2010 05:07 AM

Great job on your first box. Dove tails look perfect.

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bigike

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#4 posted 05-11-2010 05:22 AM

very slick job, i see you love the top. LOL need more pics of the sides but from what i can see the joinery looks great on there. ;)

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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#5 posted 05-11-2010 06:16 AM

Excellent first box. Hope to see alot more…

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#6 posted 05-11-2010 07:07 AM

Really very nice box, I like the lid..!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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rance

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#7 posted 05-11-2010 07:29 AM

Bennett,

Nice box, nice finish, and nice design. Oh, and it’s far to thick. How do I know? Only cuz you told me. Don’t mention it next time and I’ll never know. :) Great job.

Rance

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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BritBoxmaker

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#8 posted 05-11-2010 11:19 AM

Thats a good first box, Bennet.

Sizing things comes with experience. I’ve been box making for years and I still agonise over it and worry that I could have done things differently. In the end though it helps to listen to what others think about your work.

Martyn

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Jonathan

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#9 posted 05-11-2010 03:55 PM

I have yet to build a box, but from what I can see, this is excellent craftsmanship. I was thinking about using box joints on my first box, but hey, I might have to go dovetails now after seeing this! ;)

I like the choice of materials and the finish turned out beautifully as well. That bloodwood is gorgeous.

Thickness? Oh well, you can tackle that next time. Everything else looks fantastic!

I know we tend to be critical of our own work, and that’s good to a certain extent as long as we don’t get hung up on it, since it allows us to strive harder and raise our own bar in an attempt to refine our craft.

In the long run, especially in a gift situation, as long as the recipient is happy about it, I guess that’s mostly what counts (and all those mental notes we make of what to change or do differently next time).

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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twokidsnosleep

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#10 posted 05-12-2010 03:05 AM

Great job! Thick, shmick it looks great. Good joinery great color and finish Nicely done.
My first box is still awaiting some more work…maybe next mothers day :(

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#11 posted 05-12-2010 04:03 AM

Wonderful job on your box. I think it looks just fine with the dims. you made it to.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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