Palm Box - A White Elephant Gift

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Project by Aaron McCain posted 12-12-2010 09:32 AM 2357 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have no qualms admitting that this is a full and complete knock off of Andy’s Palm Box. I just wish I had seen his tutorial before I finished my box, but I still think things turned our all right. I am planning on making my son a box for Christmas, but have never made a box with a hinged lid so I wanted to make a “prototype” to practice and make sure I figured out the hiccups. (remember I didn’t see Andy’s tutorial, just his gorgeous boxes) We also had a Christmas party to attend tonight with a White Elephant gift exchange, so I decided to make a little box for to bring for my gift. So using scrap pieces of oak and mahogany that were already planed and jointed to a uniform thickness, I gave it a go. I used cut off nails for the hinges buried beneath oak plugs. I finished it with clear Danish Oil and lined it with a piece of black felt. I was happy to say that I finished the box and helped my son hang the Christmas lights today (and we left for the party at 5:30pm!) The recepient indicated that it was too nice for a White Elephant gift, but she wasn’t sad to end up with it. Thanks for the inspiration!

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#1 posted 12-12-2010 01:29 PM

I think it looks great, and it is an inspiration to an overworked firefighter/paramedic with little time and a desire to make some thing that nice for family and friends.

how do you attach the bottom to the box?

happy holiday’s

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#2 posted 12-12-2010 01:47 PM

Looks very nice. I’m now stuck at getting the hinging action working. After that, the shaping.

StudiousMatt: This box is all butt-joints. First you glue the bottom between the front and back pieces, then you glue the sides to that entire assembly. No tricky joinery at all. See

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#3 posted 12-12-2010 02:48 PM

Sweet! I like the comination of wood. I have some oak and a little mahogany so I might need to give them a try.
Thanks for posting this, and it doesnt look like you needed the tutorial anyway.
Well done,

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#4 posted 12-12-2010 02:51 PM

I think that it is a very nice box and I like it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 12-12-2010 04:02 PM

Very Nice. Love the wood combination.

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#6 posted 12-12-2010 04:25 PM

And so the ”Andy’s Palm Box Revolution” begins!

I think you done real good with this one, and what a great gift to bring to your Christmas party. I can not wait to try my hand at these! Hope mine comes out as nice as this one….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 12-12-2010 05:55 PM

A very nice looking box. You did a fine job.
I have a feeling that there will be alot more boxes in this world than during anytime in recorded history.

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#8 posted 12-12-2010 05:59 PM

Nice job looks realy great.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#9 posted 12-12-2010 06:51 PM

I would have to agree that it is almost too nice to be a white elephant gift. The oak plugs and color choice makes it look good.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#10 posted 12-12-2010 09:45 PM

Yes, Andy has created a nice design. But, you have created a very attractive box. Make more boxes!

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#11 posted 12-16-2010 02:03 PM

Beautiful work Aaron! The woods compliment each other nicely and I like the way you ran the grain vertically on the sides. Well done!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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