Poplar box with ash center

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Project by itsmic posted 06-05-2010 05:04 PM 2897 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Everyone Well, it is a rainy day here in Maine today, decided to post another one of my previously made projects. This is a baby box, I made as a gift for Michael and Britney’s new born, Dante. I made one other, nearly identical, and gave it to my sweetheart, Cindy. Some of my projects don’t make it out of the door, Cindy, is getting quit the collection, by now. This box is made of Poplar, with box joint construction, it has a plywood type floor, which I glued to the bottom of the box, then used brass, round head nails to give it more strength. The lid is poplar, with a raised contoured ash wood center, the darker trim wood I glued onto the poplar prior to the miter, and lid lip cuts, and is unknown at this point. I had scavenged some dunnage wood crates from Sears, and I think it came from overseas somewhere, anyway, it was nice looking stuff, so I used it. The lid and center are all about 3/4” thick, so I just glued the center and sides all together at the same time, and figured there was plenty of surface area to make a real strong bond. The catch is a home made one, I use a solid brass 90 degree elbow, and cut a slot to the pre drill hole already in it, mortised a slot in the lid, and screwed a brass screw through the lid, through the other pre drilled hole, this makes a real strong connection. The other part of the catch is just a brass screw with a knurled nut on it, this allows you to screw the catch tight, works well, and is about the same price as store bought catches, but is much stronger. The finish is just a satin poly, no sealer or stain. The logo is pre branding iron days. Thanks for looking. Keep working and sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#1 posted 06-05-2010 05:18 PM

Cool box Mic not everyone can make poplar look so good.

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#2 posted 06-05-2010 05:35 PM

I like the design of the lid. Good job.

-- Don - Rochester, NY

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#3 posted 06-05-2010 10:05 PM

great catch idea

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

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#4 posted 06-06-2010 12:39 AM

Nice box and great idea for the latch.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 06-06-2010 06:53 AM

I have been away a while. Cant even explain, just a lull. Glad I came back in time to find this project. It’s a spectacular item

-- Dan

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#6 posted 02-18-2011 02:30 PM

I really like this box. I’m not a huge fan of starkly contrasting woods, but this – to my provincial eye – is tasteful and, well, seems just balanced.

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