A few boxes

  • Advertise with us
Project by stanley_clifton posted 09-26-2010 11:55 PM 2229 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few recent band saw boxes. These can really be shelled out can’t they?

The sapele was left from another job. I had meant to avoid mixing tropical and temperate, but a contrasting tropical timber to sapele is hard to find. The beech I used on these does seem to work quite well.

A core from an earlier box provided the raw material for the chess and elm-topped items. The two tops were from interesting off-cuts that I’d saved.

I hope that you like these boxes.

-- Stanley generally struggling

11 comments so far

View blackcherry's profile


3338 posts in 3820 days

#1 posted 09-26-2010 11:58 PM

Nice assortment of boxes Stan, the color are eye candy and the pic’s are well done as well…thanks for posting …BC

View Dennis Zongker's profile

Dennis Zongker

2734 posts in 3589 days

#2 posted 09-27-2010 12:47 AM

Very Nice little boxes. Very crisp & Clean.

-- Dennis Zongker

View SPalm's profile


5320 posts in 3879 days

#3 posted 09-27-2010 12:50 AM

Very nice.
I really like the puffy topped one in picture #1. That’s cool.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

View Chip's profile


1904 posts in 4089 days

#4 posted 09-27-2010 01:35 AM

These are great little boxes! The first one is my favorite too… very unique. Would really like to see more pics of it and with it open. Beautiful work… thanks for letting us see them Stanley.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

View Jim Crockett (USN Retired)'s profile

Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

852 posts in 3730 days

#5 posted 09-27-2010 03:33 AM

Great group of boxes. The color combinations work very well together. I, also, like the #1 box best – how did you achieve the puffy look?

Nice job – keep up the good work!


-- 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".

View DocK16's profile


1184 posts in 4084 days

#6 posted 09-27-2010 04:24 AM

Love that pillow top design

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

View tomd's profile


2155 posts in 3767 days

#7 posted 09-27-2010 06:19 AM

Wonderful looking group of boxes, well done. Also nice photo’s.

-- Tom D

View a1Jim's profile


117091 posts in 3574 days

#8 posted 09-27-2010 06:27 AM

Cool group of boxes great job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

View Jordan's profile


1400 posts in 3122 days

#9 posted 09-27-2010 07:07 AM

Nice grouping for sure. I love the first one, it almost looks like a little soft top stool!


View davevan's profile


54 posts in 2859 days

#10 posted 09-27-2010 03:16 PM

Yes, I like these boxes. The chess board top is especially nice

-- Dave Arizona

View stanley_clifton's profile


195 posts in 3700 days

#11 posted 09-27-2010 11:43 PM

Thanks for the nice comments.

Several friends have asked how the chess top was done. The shape was carved on using a block plane and a no 4 smoothing plane. Make sure the tools are sharp. Start with the block plane and cut the shape onto the end-grain. Then take the no 4 and cut the shape onto the long-grain. That way round means that any end-grain breakout will be removed when the long-grain is planed. Turn the piece to your best eye and weigh it up. Replace the piece in the vise and adjust the shape with a few more fine cuts; finish with abrasive paper, or a cabinet scraper. This gives two purposes to glueing the top on and then sawing it off again: the top can be planed to the body blank; and the body blank can be clamped in the vise while the top is shaped, before it is sawn off.

A bench sander seems to be prescribed for this type of box, but I’m a bit old fashioned and do prefer using a sharp edge tool. I usually bevel rather than round the edges of my pieces and here the hand plane scores again. I keep a coarse and fine set specimen of the 4, 4 1/2 and 5 1/2 sizes, which speeds matters up considerably. The only snags are running out of room for all of the tools when they’re out for a job and keeping them all sharp, although building a sharpening station has really helped with the latter.

One could zap the piece with a router of course, but where would be the fun in that?

I hope this is useful. Pip, pip!

-- Stanley generally struggling

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics