Boxes are a great start.....

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Project by RONFINCH posted 1500 days ago 1338 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son decided he wanted to start building boxes after the renovation on the “Hurricane Katrina Restoration”. A great idea! I think he’s finally stopped cussing about the set up on the dovetail jig!!!! This box presented challenges for us, from squaring it up to glue, to cutting the top on our table saw (no band saw), amongst other small details. This one is made out out of 1/2 inch Oak that was purchased from Lowe’s. The next one he wants to do out of Black Walnut….. should be beautiful!

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#1 posted 1500 days ago

Nicely done.

Boxes are attractive, useful, and help to hone skills. Great projects with unlimited design opportunities.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#2 posted 1500 days ago

I’m still in the box making mode myself. This is allot harder than they make it look like, especially with a limited amount of tools to work with. Great job.

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#3 posted 1500 days ago

You guys are making it sound like you’re supposed to graduate from making boxes to something else. Boxes are their own art form!

By the way… Howdy neighbor! I’m in Metairie, my parents are in Bogalusa, and my brother is in Angie.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 1500 days ago

Looks great! A lot better than my first box! These guys are right though, its a lot harder than it looks.

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#5 posted 1499 days ago

Great box thx for sharing!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 1499 days ago

Nice boxes. Some of your pictures where hard to see the details, because of there size.

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

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#7 posted 1499 days ago

great bonding projects ,

well done !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 1499 days ago

Lookin g forward to your black walnut box

-- Praise God in all things, especially the bad things because they make the best learning experiences.

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#9 posted 1498 days ago

Very nice box. As the others have said, box making is a distinct form of woodworking, as is furniture making, that demands precise joinery, careful measuring & cutting, and careful finishing. Where a 1/16” mistake in cutting probably wouldn’t be noticeable on an entertainment center, it is certain to be noticed on a medium-sized box. I’ve never made a box that didn’t have a mistake but most have been either covered up or made less noticeable in one way or another. You learn from your mistakes and trying to recover from the error teaches you even more. Besides, box making is just plain fun and look at the wonderful results you achieve.


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#10 posted 1472 days ago

Really nice looking box. They should only get better from here on. I think that you will really enjoy the challenges of creating beautiful boxes.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 1448 days ago

Beautiful box, where does a beginner (me) get plans to make such a box?

I’ve done my fair share of turning, but never attempted anything like a box.

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#12 posted 1447 days ago


Pretty much just fly by the seat of our pants. We did orded a box building book, can’t remember from where though, not expensive, and very informative.

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