Small Box with Corner Splines

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Project by JoeMags posted 05-29-2010 08:59 AM 2284 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everyone,

I made this box as a gift for a friend specifically to store this bottle opener on his bar. The opener has a lot of “history” and sentimental meaning between him and I. Over the course of twenty two years it has gone back and forth between us. About two years ago I moved out of state so it now lives with him and I have visitation rights :-) This is my third box and my first attempt at corner splines. It was also my first use of a mortised hinge. If I had a nickel for every test cut I made at the mini-shaper before I committed to the actual project on that one…. The interior padded cushions are covered in a soft green ultra suede. Something you can’t see is that under the base cushion I installed a 3/8” thick piece of cold rolled steel to weight the box down. I also have four friction discs on the bottom so combined with the weight this baby doesn’t move or tilt when you open the lid.
The wood is Cherry with Walnut splines and the finish is two coats of spay on semi-gloss poly with a steel wool rub down between coats.

Anyway, all comments or critiques are welcomed and thanks for looking.

Take care,

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#1 posted 05-29-2010 09:26 AM

Nice job.
Good contrast on those splines

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#2 posted 05-29-2010 11:40 AM

Nice box there. Good job. You know we all learn something with every project..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#3 posted 05-29-2010 12:36 PM

Sweet little box, great finish.

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#4 posted 05-29-2010 03:51 PM

Like it! Would not have guessed that the lower wood was Cherry! I have a sweat shirt that each yr a friend and I send back to one another for X-mas. Since 1986. So I understand the meaning you have with it!

We never wear it but it has that meaning that only men would understand.

It was a Ralph Lauren, and after he got sick in my new car in his shirt so he didn’t get any in the car. Now that’s a friend.. LOL

I loaned it to him. When I asked for it back he replied he washed it and it shrunk. I blew it off then that yr I get a X-mas present in the mail from him, (very out of character for him) & its the shirt. Lmao it has been going back to each other at x- mas.
Sorry if this bored you thought you would get a kick out of it!

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#5 posted 05-29-2010 05:00 PM

At first I thought the lower wood was lacewood. Nice box – love the splines.

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#6 posted 05-29-2010 05:04 PM

A nice box and cool wood

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#7 posted 05-29-2010 08:07 PM

Thanks everyone. Hey Ken, not bored at all and thanks for sharing that story. Now I know that me and my buddy are not crazy! I totally agree about these sort of things being a total guy thing. Thanks again everybody.

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#8 posted 05-30-2010 01:45 AM

wow, big looks for a small box, the splines look very sharp and precise, very well done, and I love the story around it, all the stories are good, it’s great to share our woodworking lives with others

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#9 posted 05-30-2010 02:48 AM

Great box, I see it already has a purpose.

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

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#10 posted 05-30-2010 03:35 AM

Very nice box that has a special meaning to you and your friend.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#11 posted 05-30-2010 04:31 AM

Very nice box. I automatically figured the bottom was lacewood but was wondering what the top half of the top was. I was very surprised when you said that it was all cherry – have never seen cherry with a pattern such as this. And what’s with the two shades of wood for the top? I like it but it has me scratching my head.

I’m sure your friend is very appreciative of such a nice box to hold the opener. Does the box come back with the holder or does he get to keep it?


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#12 posted 05-30-2010 05:17 AM

Thanks again everyone. Jim, you have me wondering about the wood now myself. This was all made from the same board which I had bought about three years ago rough sawn directly from a sawyer in Southern New Jersey. The wood was local to that area. I was told it was Cherry but now I just don’t know. The top piece is from the same board just further down. As you travel down the board the color and figuring changes drastically. I still have a nice piece left and unfinished and I would like to take a picture and see what you all think. As far as the box and or opener ever coming back to me… Once I send the box and opener back to him next week (the box is a surprise) they will remain in his home. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Try the link below for a pic of the unfinished board the box was made from.

Unfinished Board

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