Recipe Box

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Project by gbvinc posted 12-04-2007 04:47 AM 3075 views 4 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi. My name is gbvinc and I am a LumberJocks addict.

For therapy, Martin turned off the website in our neck of the woods for two whole days and made me build recipe boxes. This is one of them. Maybe after I have successfully completed therapy, I can give it away as a birthday gift to my sister-in-law. This one is made from recycled Cherry wood, recovered from her grandmother’s table, and Walnut. It is pieced together with box joints. It is coated with Watco Natural Danish oil.

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#1 posted 12-04-2007 05:29 AM

Excellent! I like the curved lid design.

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

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#2 posted 12-04-2007 05:35 AM

I quite like it!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 12-04-2007 05:40 AM

Thanks guys!

CharlieM1958: The credit for the curved lid design goes to whomever made the original one in the 1920’s that I borrowed the design from.

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#4 posted 12-04-2007 06:26 AM

Nice joinery, very attractive job.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Peter Oxley

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#5 posted 12-04-2007 07:04 AM

Hi, gbvinc. The first step is admitting you have a problem.

Hey, that’s a nice box, and with the mirror you get credit for six photos! Are the hinges styled after the original also?

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#6 posted 12-04-2007 07:09 AM

Grumpy: Thanks!

Peter: Yes, the original had some very thin brass strips with rounded ends, nailed into the box of quarter-sawn oak. I picked up some thicker modern hinges and remodeled them for the same effect. I thought it was a pretty cool way to hinge a box. I built a double-wide version for my wife completely out of Cherry also. I will need to hinge it, upload to LumberJocks, and then get back to some larger projects.

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#7 posted 12-04-2007 07:51 AM

I had the same therapy but it didn’t last long enough!

That is a gorgeous box . . . I like it!

Bet Regards from a fellow addict,


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#8 posted 12-04-2007 12:30 PM

Great looking box. I really like the hinges – very unusual, but interesting.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 12-04-2007 12:53 PM

I hope you didn’t suffer from the shakes as you were cutting the wood!
Have all of the symptoms subsided now?

Great “silver lining” to the weekend of withdrawal. We all benefited by getting to see this beautiful box!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 12-04-2007 02:55 PM

Glad you’re enjoying your therapy. You realize of course that the addiction will not go away. That is a nifty recipe box. I’ll bet I could give a couple of those away too. Thanks for sharing .

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#11 posted 12-04-2007 03:11 PM

Hey, this is really nice. That’s pretty neat also, that it was made from the grandmother’s table. This piece has some history in it.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#12 posted 12-04-2007 04:27 PM

Nice box. I like the hinge detail also.

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#13 posted 12-04-2007 05:29 PM

Very nice. I have owed my wife a recipe box for a couple of years (the shoemaker’s children go barefoot). Could you give us more detail on the hinge modifications. Are the top and bottom glued on to the box assembly?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#14 posted 12-04-2007 05:48 PM

Nice box. I like the box joints, and how well they show up. The wavy sides are also a nice change from the regular square box look.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#15 posted 12-04-2007 07:57 PM

Great stuff gbvinc. Very nice use of your ummm, down time. I wonder if woodworking output would increase dramatically if this site was taken down for good? Probably not. Just a bunch of gentlemen and ladies walking around with the shakes and in need of some professional counceling.

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

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