Family Reunion Boxes

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Project by Wolffarmer posted 07-16-2010 07:06 AM 2334 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these boxes to sell at the auction our family reunion has to finance the shin dig. Used maple, cherry, walnut and oak. They all have 1/8 inch oak bottoms. The bank has 1/8 inch oak inner top. To get into the bank the top will need to be broken out, should not be to hard with a good tool to pry with and a hammer. My philosophy is that it should hurt a bit to get to you savings. Then the box can still be used with the top.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#1 posted 07-16-2010 07:26 AM

Nice boxes. I love the bank idea.

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#2 posted 07-16-2010 10:55 AM

Fine little boxes.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#3 posted 07-16-2010 12:32 PM

Nice looking boxes. Especially the bank, never thought about something like that..

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

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#4 posted 07-16-2010 01:43 PM

a very nice collection of finely made boxes. Well done!

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#5 posted 07-16-2010 02:09 PM

Nice boxes. The bank is a really good idea.

You just reminded me that I need to polish and wax the top of my tablesaw.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 07-16-2010 02:35 PM

Ha! Ha! “It should hurt a bit to get into your savings”...... I Love That Quote!

Nice collection of boxes Randy. Good stuff….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 07-16-2010 02:36 PM

I have seen boxes like this on here before and really like them, but I have a question.

How do you get the different colored pieces put into the corners?

-- curious woodworker

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#8 posted 07-16-2010 04:57 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments.

Kathy, here is a link to a video showing a lot about making boxes.

Making Boxes

I use a sled that runs along the table saw fence so every time i put a spline in a different place or a different width, some more of it is cut out. So now i need to use a backer board to reduce tare out.

And i like your first box. I have tried to do the corners with biscuits but was not successful, yet.

If you notice the splines on the bank are wider than the others and different widths. I did that as I first made them like the rest but tried to put oak splines in. They was a bit to wide and they shattered driving them home making a big mess. So to save the box I used my dado blade. top is the side plates, then added a chipper for the middle and another chipper for the bottom. Then i cut a strip of cherry and planed it to the size of the bottom splines and made those. Planed it down some more the the middle ones then planed it to the top splines.

Moral of the story, the splines don’t really need to be so tight you have to drive them in. And mistakes can be covered up and maybe something good will happen.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#9 posted 08-06-2010 07:05 AM

Nice work! Great choices of colour and proportions really work well with each design. I like the pyramid shapes on the lids. Beautiful.


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