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Project by TonyInPA posted 05-29-2017 01:54 AM 1014 views 4 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just as the subject states. Seems like there are quite a few on here made by the same plans. I have to agree with the others that have uploaded their work on this plan in saying that this was a really fun project. 90% of the time I spent on it really was just zeroing in the jig to make the 1/8” finger joints. There are a few mistakes I made such as choosing an edge that had been weathered on one of the rails and has about a 1/4” discoloration (not shown in picture).

This was initially intended to be a Mother’s Day present for my dearest sweet mother but I came down with the flu in the middle of the project and it had a delay for a few days. I took this project on because I felt that the smaller work would call for much more detail than a larger project might and I am glad that I did.

Enjoy the pictures and please feel free to critique although I feel that I will likely be my own worst critic (aren’t we always)?

-- “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. President (.....or looking for where I left the Ax last in my case)





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#1 posted 05-29-2017 02:21 AM

Good looking Box.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 05-29-2017 02:38 AM

That’s a beautiful box. Is that lacewood?

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#3 posted 05-29-2017 03:14 AM

Great looking box Tony! Nice gift for your mom!
Welcome to Lumberjocks!

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

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#4 posted 05-29-2017 06:08 AM


That’s a beautiful box. Is that lacewood?

- BurlyBob


Ah, where are my manners? BurlyBob, the box was made from Leopardwood, the lid is Bird’s Eye Maple, and the handle was actually a Wenge blank sold by Rockler for pen turning. I followed the recommendation from the guys at Woodsmith on the finish (Paste Wax on the inside of the box, Tung Oil on the outside, and Shellac finish).


Great looking box Tony! Nice gift for your mom!
Welcome to Lumberjocks!

- woodshaver Tony C

Thanks woodshaver Tony. She loved it and thank you for the warm Welcome.

-- “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. President (.....or looking for where I left the Ax last in my case)

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#5 posted 05-29-2017 09:48 AM

Hi Tony. I made three of these and have to agree it is a fun project. It looks great in leopardwood! In case you didn’t know, subliminals still work. Since studying your photos, I have an uncontrolled urge for Hershey’s Sundae Dream!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#6 posted 05-29-2017 10:15 AM

Beautiful box Tony. I would love to see a pic of what the inside looks like. Welcome to LJ from one newbie to another.

-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#7 posted 05-29-2017 11:33 AM

Outstanding…..

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#8 posted 05-29-2017 02:01 PM

Great choice of wood and nice craftsmanship Tony 8^)

I watched the episode(s) where they made that box. Probably my favorite project from that show.

I cringed when I saw them setting up for the finger joints since I knew that would be probably hours of dialing in the cuts, I feel your pain 8^)

If I ever attempt that, I’ll think seriously about spinning multiple blades with 1/8” spacers.

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#9 posted 05-29-2017 05:41 PM



I made three of these and have to agree it is a fun project. It looks great in leopardwood! In case you didn t know, subliminals still work. Since studying your photos, I have an uncontrolled urge for Hershey s Sundae Dream!

- Lenny

I saw yours as well, Lenny. I love the Purpleheart! Seeing the 1/4” (or 1/2”?) fingers, I kept hearing my wife’s words when she sensed my frustration with the fingers. “Why don’t you make the fingers bigger?” It wasn’t a thought I had completely abandoned and I went through maybe 20 scrap pieces before I was happy with the fit. And to the Hershey comment, another set of words from my wife keep going through my head, “Why did you have to take the picture on the kitchen counter? It’s so messy!”.

-- “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. President (.....or looking for where I left the Ax last in my case)

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#10 posted 05-29-2017 05:53 PM



Beautiful box Tony. I would love to see a pic of what the inside looks like. Welcome to LJ from one newbie to another.

Mike from Lancaster, upon posting, I immediately regretted not taking more pictures of the box. This is currently in my mother’s possession however, I will try to remedy the situation when she sends pictures.

-- “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. President (.....or looking for where I left the Ax last in my case)

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#11 posted 05-29-2017 06:37 PM


Great choice of wood and nice craftsmanship Tony 8^)

Thank you, Splintergroup & Montana Bob.
Splintergroup, I would definitely say your estimation of time for setting up the jig was accurate for me as well. There are a lot of finger joint jigs out there but one that matches the blade width is something I’m guessing there is not a lot of. The guys on the show suggest a 1/8” brass stock. I just used a 1/8” aluminum flat bar from Lowes which did require some filing to get the kerfs to sit on it good. I was a little nervous seeing that blade flying that close to the key but it worked out with no mishaps. I definitely would be nervous to get that key that close on a Sawstop without the bypass enabled.

-- “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.” Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. President (.....or looking for where I left the Ax last in my case)

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#12 posted 05-29-2017 07:16 PM

Wonderful box, great design

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#13 posted 05-29-2017 07:57 PM

very nice beautiful wood ,good finishing

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#14 posted 05-29-2017 08:14 PM

Tony, thanks for the information on your wood choices. That leopard wood is very attractive. Your choices were spot on, a beautiful combination!

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#15 posted 05-29-2017 08:37 PM

Very nice box!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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