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Project by lilredweldingrod posted 1281 days ago 2493 views 2 times favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first thing I learned from this project is that there is no such thing as a simple box. Thanks to Autumn for helping me understand how to pick the colors for the best presentation. Thanks to patron for his guidance and tutorials. And thanks to Charlie for helping me straighten out the screw ups. As Charlie said, ” Of all the mistakes that can be made, you made them all.” Not bad for a first timer. lol Talk about a learning curve…
My third grand daughter asked me for a triangle box and gave me a book on the subject. I then had to change the wood I had originally wanted because the boards in stock did not have a good grain.
I eventually chose canary wood for the carcass and yellow heart for the top and bottom. I accented everything with cocobolo and ebony for the knob.. The finish is wipe on poly and finishing wax.
I tried barrel hinges and found that they pulled out when I opened the lid. I plugged the holes and found these hinges at Home Depot. Their selection of hinges is not that great, so they are what they are.
I have a long way to go before I can compete with Bert Flores and his beautiful box he made for Megan.
Thanks again to all for your assistance in this project. Each of you taught me a lot about this not so simple, simple box.
Rand





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Brandon

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#1 posted 1281 days ago

No, that’s not a simple box at all! Very elegant and clean, though. Great job!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#2 posted 1281 days ago

Turned out great. Nice of you to acknowledge yoiur coaches.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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patron

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#3 posted 1281 days ago

it really looks good rand

i think she will love it

now that you know simple

what’s next lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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BertFlores58

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#4 posted 1281 days ago

Excellent Rand,
You made an extra-work for joining angled edges. I know how difficult acute angles because you have to fabricate clamps for it. Your 3rd grandaughter will really be happy about it. A story line how you fold the flag will amaze her. I can see that is more better than anyone else you mentioned. You are an LJ combining all the knowledge we (Charlie, Autumn, et al) have.
God bless and Cheer,

-- Bert

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mcoyfrog

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#5 posted 1281 days ago

Great job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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ellen35

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#6 posted 1281 days ago

Looks great! How can we learn if we never make mistakes… sometimes we learn more than we planned!
This turned out really really nice.
Ellen

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

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CiscoKid

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#7 posted 1281 days ago

Looks great! Love the canarywood.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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robert triplett

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#8 posted 1281 days ago

I never make the same box twice-at least by intention! Nice job on learning new skills. Nice wood choices also. I like Yellowheart for box tops. It can go great with Canarywood. Perhaps you could do a blog on mistakes to avoid??
Robert

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

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Dennisgrosen

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#9 posted 1281 days ago

so simple and yet so difficult to make :-)
you did a very fine job on this buty

thankĀ“s for sharing
Dennis

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CharlieM1958

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#10 posted 1281 days ago

Rand, you done good!

The only thing you need to learn now is not to confess all your sins in public. This box is beautiful, and no one would ever know about all those little problems just by looking at the photos.

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

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lilredweldingrod

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#11 posted 1281 days ago

Thanks to all. I think that in the future I’ll stick to square or rectangle boxes. lol Like Bert said, the clamping was a tough one. I wanted to add splines to the corners but I finally threw the jig away. lol Now I want to try a jewelry box or two. But first I have to master the dovetail. When you coming over Bert? lol
I’m looking forward to David’s visit when he wraps up at Rob’s. Man have I got a list of brain picking to do. lol
Thank you , Autumn, for the grade. I got the best of the best for mentors. With help like you find on Lumberjocks, you just can’t fail. Thanks again to all. I could not have completed it with out your help. Rand

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patron

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#12 posted 1281 days ago

dances with chickens

one of the problems you were having before
were those lackadaisical machines

something i know you have been correcting

and the way you were thinking lol

something we can all work on

i hear charlie is making a box
called a confessional
where we can admit our woodworking sins

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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CharlieM1958

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#13 posted 1281 days ago

Woodworking sins? Too boring, Patron. I really want to hear all your personal confessions from the 60’s. :-)

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

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dakremer

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#14 posted 1281 days ago

sweet box Rand! triangle box is not something you see every day – i like it

PS – the fact that your “corn on the cob” post got taken off is ridiculous. people need to ligthen up – good god. I thought it was funny!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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patron

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#15 posted 1281 days ago

charlie

if we do it in the forums
it will be private right

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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