Boxes, Boxes, Boxes!

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Project by robert triplett posted 06-06-2010 10:44 PM 2080 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made some boxes to sell at a Craft Show. The first one was gone quickly. It is Redwood Birdseye Burl with Birdseye maple for the top and contrasting wood on the sides. People love Redwood Birdseye Burl! The second box is Spalted Myrtle with a piece of Spalted Curly Maple in the top. (Ken, I still have half of the board I got from you) The third is Lacewood with a Mahogany top. Adding drawers was a new experience. I bandsawed the fronts and ended up with a gap to each side. ??? Always something new to learn! I will probably go full width next time. I used Watco danish oil on all of the boxes. I tried a quick wash with BLO on the redwood before the Watco to see if it helped the Birdseye ‘POP’. It did seem to give the grain more depth. I will go with a wipe on Poly next time to compare. I made 18 different boxes this last time. All different woods and sizes. I think I need a break. I should have been making cutting boards. I sold more of those than anything else. I just ran 6 new ones through my new (to me) drum sander today. Where has that been all my life? Thanks for looking

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#1 posted 06-06-2010 10:48 PM

Great looking boxes fantastic job.

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#2 posted 06-07-2010 12:35 AM

Very nice boxes. That maple and redwood combination is a real eye popper

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#3 posted 06-07-2010 02:19 AM

Your boxes look great. They can be addictive.

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#4 posted 06-07-2010 02:29 AM

Nice looking boxes. Glad to hear you had some success at the craft fair as well.


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#5 posted 06-07-2010 02:37 AM

Great batch of boxes. They look very nice.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#6 posted 06-07-2010 09:09 PM

Great boxes, nice design

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#7 posted 06-08-2010 08:00 AM

I like all of your boxes – the woods are beautiful, the joinery looks good, and the finishing appears well done.

Two things, though, that I think I would have done differently (not saying you are wrong, just pointing out a couple of things that you might think about). The boxes, to me, look top heavy – the proportions don’t seem right with the box being too tall for the length. Also, they seem chunky due to the thickness of the stock used. I have more or less gone by a chart I found a long time ago that suggests stock thickness versus perimeter

- Less than 16” perimeter, use 5/16” thick stock.
- From 16” to 30” perimeter, use 3/8” thick stock.
- From 30” to 50” perimeter, use 1/2” thick stock.
- Over 50” perimeter up to ‘full size furniture’, use 5/8” thick stock.

Keep up the good work.


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