Round 3 Boxes

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Project by Dchip posted 08-18-2010 05:04 PM 1660 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After finishing my first box I knew that I wanted to make a bunch more. However, after I finished the second round, I ended up giving them all away as presents before I photographed them. These two are the next batch, the first with my new Ridgid r4510, replacing my Ryobi BTS12, and the difference is drastic in the accuracy of the miters (though I still plan on building a dedicated sled in the future). I decided that I don’t like installing hardware so I went with the cedar lined strategy instead. I will soon be attempting a production batch of 12 or so of this design with various woods to build up a reserve of gifts for future occasions. Anyways, the specs:

Roughly 7’’ L x 4.5’’ W x 2.5’’ T
First one is Walnut and Ebony with some spalted? birch.
Second is mahogany and hickory with luan plywood from the bigbox (don’t know what wood this really is, is luan a wood?)

Also, this is the first batch I got to use my new branding iron courtesy of the girlfriend, it really adds a touch of class and personalization.

Thanks for looking, all comments/critiques/criticisms appreciated.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#1 posted 08-18-2010 05:08 PM

Very well done. These look great, and I like the splines nice touch!

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

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#2 posted 08-18-2010 05:08 PM

Also, tung oil (4 coats) and wax finish. After using straight poly on one of the first ones, I opted for a closer-to-the-wood finish. Doesn’t really need the durability of, say, a coffee table.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#3 posted 08-18-2010 05:16 PM

Very nicely done, Great looking boxes. The first top there looks like the ocean with birds flying to me, maybe its just the Java Monster kicking in. I like the idea of a gift reserve, I need to catch up before I can get a reserve going.

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#4 posted 08-18-2010 05:29 PM

Very nice. I really like them. The wood shows nice, and you got the skills.

The recessed top is kind of cool. Good way to show off the wood.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 08-18-2010 05:44 PM

Thank you all for the comments.

After seeing and doing a number of splined boxes, I decided that I really like them off-set as opposed to evenly spaced in most cases.

Never really looked at the top as a picture, but I definitely see the bird now.

About the recessed top, that was actually a functional design as I have a number of friends that roll their own cigarettes and such and thought it would provide a nice catch to contain the mess if they chose to use the box as a sort of basic humidor.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#6 posted 08-18-2010 07:24 PM

Great looking boxes! I see that you got the grain to wrap around the box also…always a great mark of a craftsman. Thanks for sharing.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#7 posted 08-18-2010 08:54 PM

Nice work!

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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