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Project by RunningDan posted 1478 days ago 1665 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some 3 inch by 3 feet boards of exotic hardwood, and I had been thinking about making some boxes. Also, I figured “why make 1 or 2 boxes when I can use the same settings and make 10?”

The boxes are made out of the following woods (from left to right): cocobolo with figured maple, bocote with figured maple, bubinga with kingwood, leopardwood with kingwood, and curly walnut (with mismatched top and a missing top that I broke before I installed it).

Most of the boxes turned out fine, but I did break the one lid, and 2 of the boxes’ lids don’t open very far (maybe only about 30 degrees). The lids are only about 1/4 in. thick. Since I had a rabbet running along the inside, I had to drill the holes for the hinge rod about 1/8 of an inch from the back of the lid. The broken lid and 2 messed up lids were due to the fact that I didn’t get the holes dead on. If anyone has good suggestions for hinges that might be a little more foolproof, please let me know.





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robert triplett

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#1 posted 1478 days ago

No suggestions on your hinge problem because I haven’t attempted this style of hinge. Sometime soon. I will await more expert advice! Really nice work for your first boxes. I have not used a few of those woods. Beautiful grain and color. I agree that if you are set up for one, make a lot.
Robert

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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WoodenFrog

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#2 posted 1478 days ago

Beautiful boxes, I like your style why make 1-2 make 10.
Great 1st boxes, thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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Cozmo35

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#3 posted 1478 days ago

Great job! Christmas is just around the corner.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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tomd

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#4 posted 1478 days ago

Very nice boxes. Good job.

-- Tom D

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ellen35

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#5 posted 1478 days ago

Nice… they are beautiful.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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SPalm

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#6 posted 1478 days ago

Really nice. Makes sense to do a little production line. It also allows you to recover from a breakage.

Thanks,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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rance

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#7 posted 1478 days ago

Lids: Give the lid clearance by separating it from the box with a business card and tape it firmly to the box. Then drill.

Oh, and if you could just catch that rabbit running around that one box, it would make a nice rabbit stew. :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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kwblack

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#8 posted 1478 days ago

Beautiful wood and boxes!

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GregP

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#9 posted 1478 days ago

Very nice little boxes.

-- Greg P, Washington State, http://heirloomfurniture.weebly.com/

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Ken90712

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#10 posted 1478 days ago

Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! very nice! All of them

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

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a1Jim

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#11 posted 1478 days ago

Super Boxes Dan

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RogerBean

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#12 posted 1478 days ago

You show much promise as a boxmaker, Dan. Nice clean design. Careful use of the various woods. And, you resisted the temptation of randomly combining the various woods into any given box. A carefully created “whole” beats the combination of a lot of great parts every time. Keep making boxes!
Roger

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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helluvawreck

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#13 posted 1478 days ago

Hey, these are real nice boxes. – And the wood is beautiful. Thanks for posting these.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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RunningDan

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#14 posted 1478 days ago

Thanks for all the great feedback, and thank you rance for the idea of using a business card to offset the lids. The next time I make boxes of a similar design I’m going to have to try that.

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cwdance1

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#15 posted 1478 days ago

What a great job.

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