My First Box - Recycled Guava Orchid stand - The beginning

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Project by BertFlores58 posted 1528 days ago 1424 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My woodworking start from this box around the year 2000. I found a 2 year old orchid stands in our backyard that are dried and weathered (about 4 inches diameter x 3 ft 2 pieces). Cut them into strips, started planing then woodworking knocks into my being. Only one smooth plane and a saw. Not much machineries, only drill and portable circular saw.

As you can see, I don’t know anything about wood joints but just attach it with glue. The half round cover is made up of strips of 1/4 glued together then a lot of planing on top. The wooden handle and the wooden hinges are unique in this one but the hinges already broken and renewed. The thickness of the side is only 5 mm including the tray.

Many of my friends, relative and others who saw this box is always wanting to have it but it is still with me and I love the smoothness, strength of glue construction and handcrafted with handtools 10 years ago. I always remember the progress in me when I compare my work today.

-- Bert

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#1 posted 1528 days ago

Beautiful Box, my Friend… It’s no wonder everyone wants one!!
You did a great job on your first box, Thank You for sharing it!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#2 posted 1528 days ago

Nice use of small pieces, looks good.

-- Doug...

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#3 posted 1528 days ago

For your first box looks good to me. As you go you will get better, practice is how we learn. Hang in there.

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

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#4 posted 1527 days ago

Thanks for the encouraging words.

Actually, thereafter this, I had made more than 10 different boxes.. each is unique and has all the challenges in woodworking. Only 4 of them is left at home while others are gifts to all my loveones and special friends. I will post two more boxes whose pictures are still available.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 1527 days ago

Thatbis pretty good for your first box. I like the recycled wood usage. I am not familiar with Guava wood but it does have a nice look to it.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#6 posted 1527 days ago

Interesting box and wood

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 1527 days ago

Not bad at all for your first box Bert.

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines,

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#8 posted 1527 days ago

Very rustic. I think this one looks great.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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