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Project by blockhead posted 07-15-2010 01:46 AM 2156 views 6 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These three boxes were commissioned by one of my wife’s co-workers. They will be given to three of her friends that are helping with her wedding. She wanted them all alike, but different enough to make them their own. She has purchased one of my boxes in the past and she really likes the wooden handles, so, I really wanted to come up with something a little different and make them slightly over-sized and funky shaped to help them stand out.

The main boxes are made from African Mahogany with Purpleheart or Padauk splines. The lids are Purpleheart, Padauk, Tennessee Cedar and Red Oak. The handles are Quilted Maple, Purpleheart, Lacewood and Walnut. They are lined with purple or tan suede.

Anyone looking to make a similar styled box can check out Andy’s great tutorial here. As always, comments and critiques are welcome. Thanks for looking.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#1 posted 07-15-2010 01:57 AM

Excellent Boxes, Brad…
Fantastic Job on the Handles too…

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

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#2 posted 07-15-2010 02:08 AM

Great box. It’s great to see someone giving Andy props. I have some walnut drying, then I’m gonna try one. Hope mine turns out half as nice as yours. Really like those handles.

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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#3 posted 07-15-2010 02:10 AM

Nice boxes Brad. Their going to love them.

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#4 posted 07-15-2010 02:16 AM

The handles are inspiring.. I just might have to use them on a cabinet I am building… with your permission of course..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#5 posted 07-15-2010 02:26 AM

Excellent looking boxes. They wil be appreciated. Nice handles design.

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#6 posted 07-15-2010 02:34 AM

Very nice boxes and, as you said, there are just enough differences to make each unique. I’m sure the recipients will be very happy with their boxes. Really like the way you formed the handles.

Great job!


-- 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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#7 posted 07-15-2010 02:38 AM

Thank you LJ’s! I appreciate the kind words.

Gary- I look forward to seeing yours.

Larry- I would be honored if you used these in any of your woodworking.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#8 posted 07-15-2010 02:48 AM

Brad, Great looking boxes. The handles are very unique and adds a nice touch. I also like how you did the corner splines. Very, Very nice!

-- John @

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#9 posted 07-15-2010 03:06 AM

Hey Brad. Awesome boxes. I can’t imagine your wife’s co-worker or her friend’s being anything but impressed and delighted with these beautiful pieces. Great job!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#10 posted 07-15-2010 03:09 AM

Very nice, very colorful and the design flows nicely! Great Job!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#11 posted 07-15-2010 03:11 AM

Wonderful work, great looking boxes

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#12 posted 07-15-2010 03:54 AM

these are really nice , brad

very elegant ,
sure to please the ladies .

great combination of woods and forms .

-- 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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#13 posted 07-15-2010 07:07 AM

Ultra nice boxes, I realy like the handles, love them.

-- Tom D

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#14 posted 07-15-2010 08:33 AM

Fantastic boxes. I like the handles and design. Wonderful choice in woods.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#15 posted 07-15-2010 10:32 AM

These are some real nice box’s Great work, the handles and the finish are perfect! Man these are really nice!

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

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