Finished my first box!!!

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Project by Sgt_Lobo posted 11-16-2007 04:37 AM 2453 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, here it is, my first box. You can see the whole story about it and many more pictures of it in my latest blog

It has been a long road of learning, but I am fairly pleased with the results… Thanks for taking the time to look!

-- Sgt_Lobo -- Aurora, CO

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#1 posted 11-16-2007 04:44 AM

A fine display box for your Iraqi service memorabilia. Your dovetails are tight and the finish looks fantastic. If this is your “first” box, then you are going to be a fine woodworker. Thanks for your service in Iraq.

-- Forget the health food, I need all the preservatives I can get !

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#2 posted 11-16-2007 05:10 AM

Thanks calgirl, (btw, my name is Jim…) It means allot to hear this about my first box. I notice a lot of areas I can improve on, but I am happy with the results.

-- Sgt_Lobo -- Aurora, CO

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#3 posted 11-16-2007 05:25 AM

Excellent job Sarge. Tight work. I’ll be expecting to see more of your stuff. Thanks too, for your service.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#4 posted 11-16-2007 05:57 AM

Thanks for your service, my son just returned from Iraq his service was up in June, he was 82 Airborne. Nice box, so far boxes have been difficult for me getting things to square up. I have a couple started boxes in my cabinets, unfinished and still in pieces, nice work.

-- Ron Central, CA

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 11-16-2007 05:59 AM

I have really been pullin’ for you on this project. Watching you struggle through and then pull it out this nice has been fun to follow. You’ll do fine woodworking. I still learn on every project myself.

Nice work.

Thanks for posting and allowing us to be a part of your woodworking experience.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 11-16-2007 06:08 AM

Hey Sarge, for all that whining about all the problems you had making this, it ended up looking like it was done by an old pro who has cranked out a couple hundred of these in his carreer! Excellent work!

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

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#7 posted 11-16-2007 07:18 AM

Sarge -

Excellent! What a great project. Thank you for your service!


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#8 posted 11-16-2007 07:32 AM

Great work, man. If you used any filler on those dovetails (as mentioned in the blog) I sure can’t see it. I’ve built a few shadow boxes for others, but none for myself yet. 8 years to retirement. Who knows, maybe we could commission one another to build retirement shadow boxes.

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#9 posted 11-16-2007 11:38 AM

You have outdone yourself on this one. Great looking display case – the finish is outstanding.

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

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#10 posted 11-16-2007 12:12 PM

You did a GREAT job. Well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 11-16-2007 03:09 PM

Nicely done. Now you have a project that represents two memories: your tour and your woodworking

-- Dekker -

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#12 posted 11-16-2007 03:38 PM

The first thing I noticed was how tight those dovetails were. Then I realized that they were also hand cut. This is what “craftsmanship” is all about. Keep it up!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Thos. Angle

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#13 posted 11-16-2007 03:38 PM

Every project is a learning experience from the first one to the one just before we pass on. Enjoy the journey. this came out very nice and will be with you as you travel. Congratulations

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#14 posted 11-16-2007 04:13 PM

Thank you all for the comments. It really means allot to me. Being that this was my first box and also that it was going to house items that mean allot to me, I was really nervous about how the final product would turn out. But again, I am very pleased and really appreciate all the nice things you all have to say!

-- Sgt_Lobo -- Aurora, CO

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#15 posted 11-16-2007 06:35 PM

Hay Sarge,
The display box really turned out nice. I know that you are proud of the items you are displaying, as you should be.
I, along with everyone else owes you a lot for your service to our country.
God Bless You!!

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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