Extremely Average Tiny Box: Named Fred

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Project by Ecocandle posted 09-01-2010 08:10 AM 1955 views 3 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello All,

This is Fred, he is a tiny box. He is made from maple and wenge, enjoys holding shiny rocks, and likes to play the piano. He volunteered to be the first item in my Etsy shop, and about 3 minutes after I posted the blog tonight, he was adopted by a very nice gentlemen in Connecticut.

He was finished with Tung oil.


-- Brian Meeks,

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#1 posted 09-01-2010 12:42 PM

Fred, you did an excellent job explaning to Brian what you wanted to be when you grew up. May your life be filled with lots of shiney rocks and black keys.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#2 posted 09-01-2010 12:53 PM

Wow! A box-a-rocks can play the piano. I always thought playing the piano took skill, boy was I wrong. Nice looking box, well done. Wood type? Source of inspiration?

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

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#3 posted 09-01-2010 02:04 PM

Congrats. I like the corner splines on this one.
Good job with the miters and grain matching. You have graduated.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 09-01-2010 03:51 PM


The box is made from hard maple, the splines and lid was from Wenge. I am now completely in love with Wenge. It is a little bit tempermental, but so very nice looking. The inspiration was fairly simple. It was the first box in the ‘Making Basic Boxes’, by Doug Stowe. I am enjoying his book and will likely make some of the other boxes too.


-- Brian Meeks,

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#5 posted 09-01-2010 04:41 PM

Sweet looking box, Brian!

I think your choice of woods compliment each other perfectly. As, Steve said- “you’ve graduated!”


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 09-01-2010 05:22 PM

Very nice little box.
May Fred get a long and happy life.
Best thoughts,

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

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#7 posted 09-01-2010 06:16 PM

Thanks Lew and Mafe. I just sent Fred off, via the Martelle post office. He is in good hands.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#8 posted 09-01-2010 08:41 PM

Great job on the box!!! Awesome that you sold it on Etsy :)

-- helen

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#9 posted 09-01-2010 09:05 PM

Thanks bigbuddha…I was pretty excited that someone wanted it.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#10 posted 09-02-2010 02:33 AM

Fred looks like a helluva box, I like the way his grain follows from side to side and his contrasting splines. He is a stunner!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#11 posted 09-02-2010 04:23 AM

Hi, Fred – welcome to our world! Your maker did a wonderful job with you but we know that it was because of your guidance. And you play the piano, too!!!! Now your off to CT; enjoy your new home!


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#12 posted 09-02-2010 05:14 AM

Well done Brian! Fred has grown up into a prized possession – just as you trained him!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 09-02-2010 06:43 AM

I am sure he will like Connecticut, great item thanks for showing

-- Norman

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#14 posted 09-02-2010 09:17 AM


I agree that he is quite a box, but I think he taught me more than I taught him. :-)


-- Brian Meeks,

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#15 posted 09-02-2010 06:12 PM

Another great project! Great workmanship and fab photographs too. I wonder what kinds of rocks he’ll take care of in Connecticut?


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