Box Joint Box

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Project by SPalm posted 12-18-2010 11:16 PM 6833 views 13 times favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box that I built for my best friend, who also happens to be my wife. She wanted a simple, but stylish box to have on her desk to keep things in. The large lift out tray was kept divider free in order not limit the size and shape of the contents. The bottom divider was kept simple to allow goodies to hide there, and also be used as a support for the top tray.

The piece of cherry that I used has been in my shop for a while, waiting for something like this. It has wonderful chatoyancy. It is book-matched on the corners, but the box joints kind of hide that. The top is a frame and panel with a birch burl center. The tray panel and bottom are cherry. All three panels were veneered in my vacuum press. The tray and divider are out of tiger maple.

I went with box joints throughout the design, trying to incorporate them into the box, divider, tray, and even the hinges. The hinges were left boxy for this reason. The hinge pins and attachment pins are bamboo. I find that bamboo works really well for this, as it is strong, straight, and takes glue well.

The size is about 6×10 x 4 inches. The finish is several coats of wipe on poly. I will give it a buff of wax in a couple of days.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#1 posted 12-18-2010 11:26 PM

Looks like this fits the bill perfectly!

Great job overall! My favorite type of joint as well.

I am sure you wife will love this – if not just send it down the road it little bit and I’ll take it off your hands! ;-)


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#2 posted 12-18-2010 11:29 PM

Wonderful piece Steve. I really like the light and airiness of the wood as well as the design… and the box joints look great. Nice hinges too. Terrific job! Bet she’ll love it.

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

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Bob Kollman

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#3 posted 12-18-2010 11:41 PM

Nice box, It’ll never come apart with those box joints.

Your wife get’s a little something extra before x-mas,

She’ll love it!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#4 posted 12-18-2010 11:49 PM

Very nice, Steve. I like the way you brought the box joint look to the hinges.

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

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#5 posted 12-18-2010 11:57 PM

Great Job, Steve, it looks Terrific!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#6 posted 12-19-2010 12:11 AM

Hi Steve

Excellent work – I especially like the choices in wood. Guess I need to take another browse through the precision cut off storage.

Best of the season.


-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#7 posted 12-19-2010 12:15 AM

Very well designed, thought out, and constructed. I’m sure your wife will love it. Excellent idea to keep the trays undivided for the desk box. If she later has a request for dividers I’m sure she knows someone that can make them for her. Terrific box.

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#8 posted 12-19-2010 12:26 AM

Beautiful piece of work, joints, proportions and wood selection are all spot on. There’s something about the end grain/long grain contrast in a box joint that I find appealing. The hinges are the icing on the cake. The whole things just works! Well done, Steve and thanks for posting.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 12-19-2010 12:29 AM


-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 12-19-2010 12:31 AM

Nice work, Steve.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 12-19-2010 12:36 AM

Practical, elegant and well designed.

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#12 posted 12-19-2010 12:45 AM

Nicely designed and well executed. Such an item will still be treasured long after we’re gone. And, that’s worth doing.

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

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#13 posted 12-19-2010 12:51 AM

I happen to like to build things for my best friend as well. Good looking box. Beautifully done. I am sure your friend was pleased. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 12-19-2010 12:53 AM

Thanks everyone. You are so kind.
And to the box makers in the bunch, this was fun. My first real box. This might continue on a bit.

And Bob, you’re right, it sure as heck will not come apart. I think I will stick to miters in the future as these guys are a bit non-forgiving. But I do think they are handsome.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 12-19-2010 01:41 AM

Sweet Steve, Simple, Elegant, Nice!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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