My first box

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Project by Armand posted 08-02-2010 02:38 AM 1848 views 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My second project, a handmade box for my mom. The only power tool I used for miter and bevel cuts is a circular saw that has been converted into a table saw. Wish I have a jointer, thicknesser and router.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#1 posted 08-02-2010 02:49 AM

You should be very proud of this. It’s not the best box I have ever seen, but it is very well done. That’s especially true when you consider the tools you had to work with. You should feel encouraged.

Look forward to seeing future projects.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 08-02-2010 02:53 AM

The best projects are the ones we give away and that is one of the best! Keep it up.


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#3 posted 08-02-2010 03:30 AM

Got to admire your drive, with limited tools your project came out wonderful. You have woodworking in your blood and it shows, thanks for posting and sharing your story. Good luck and stay safe…Blkcherry

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#4 posted 08-02-2010 03:40 AM

Nice job armand! I’m new to wood working too and I’m inspired by this. I think I would have been pretty intimidated to try and build that with hand tools. ( Then again I am pretty lazy). I too have been wishing I had a jointer/ planer! Spent a few hours last night reading reviews actually lol.

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#5 posted 08-02-2010 03:49 AM

well done , armand .

by hand is a good teacher for power tools ,

and this is a nice piece ,

your mother will cherish it .

-- 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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#6 posted 08-02-2010 04:10 AM

Wow! Very impressive.

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

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#7 posted 08-02-2010 04:20 AM

Wolw….I’d be realproud of that box. Nice work

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#8 posted 08-02-2010 04:25 AM

Thanks to all of you, your good comments are the greatest reward.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#9 posted 08-02-2010 04:48 AM

Ang ganda! Nice style of spline. It becomes a dovetail spline yet it is manually made. I think the red LAUAN or Philippine mahogany was selected in this project. Good start. Keep it up. Working with handtools proves your skill.

-- Bert

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#10 posted 08-02-2010 05:18 AM

Very impressive Armand…You should be very happy with the results…

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#11 posted 08-02-2010 06:29 AM

There is a certain feeling of reward when you do something by hand rather then by power tool. I often pass on using a power tool and go for the hand tools. Especially when I am making something for family. I am making a toy chest for my boys and have done a lot of it by hand. I guess its just a better feeling knowing I spent the time and extra work for them.

Very nice box!

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#12 posted 08-02-2010 06:58 AM

Great job, a very nice piece.

-- Tom D

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#13 posted 08-02-2010 09:28 AM

I agree with Rich. Nice job for your first box. I’m sure mom will cherish it for years. What I can see on the miters they are real tight.

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

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#14 posted 08-02-2010 10:19 AM

Great First Box, Armand!!
I’ll bet you can’t make just one!! :)

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

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#15 posted 08-02-2010 11:31 AM

This is a great box, I wish I had made it!
Your mum will love it especially with the pull out tray.
The next one you make you will have to sell and the next and next ….......etc…. then you can get yourself all that you wish. I really dont think you need it tho! :-)
Keep up the wonderful work

-- Theresa,

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