Box for Fiances Mom

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Project by DaveyDave posted 01-06-2011 07:19 PM 1554 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first box I have made. It is for my fiances mom. Made of Cherry and spaulted maple. It is roughly 11” x7” x4” tall. It turned out pretty good.. Learned quite a bit and will make a few changes for the next one. Any comments or suggestions are appreciated. Sorry the pics are not the best.

Thanks Dave

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#1 posted 01-06-2011 07:21 PM

Nice box and great lumber combination. nice surprise when you open the box and see that figure in the bottom

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 01-06-2011 07:55 PM

That’s a good way to butter up the future mother-in-law. Nice lookin box. The woods look good together.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#3 posted 01-06-2011 08:01 PM

Quite a beautiful box Dave, first or not. The future MIL is very lucky to get a woodworker (and capable politician) for a SIL. Of course, now she will be spoiled and you will have to continually up the ante.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 01-06-2011 08:04 PM

Certainly a great first box. One to be proud of.

You asked for advice so I’ll offer a little. A good box looks good on the outside. A great box carries that feeling of discovery into the inside. I notice you used the spalted maple on the bottom. Keep it for another lid. Once something goes in the box it becomes invisible. I line all my boxes, either with veneer, velvet, or leather. Think of the interior as a series of “surprises” that the delighted viewer sees in sequence…. sort of like the layers of an onion that progressively reveal themselves. Lining, trays, boxes within boxes, hardware, inlays, lines, etc. are all ways to continue the “discovery” as the box unfolds. The inside is possibly more important than the outside.

Nothing at all wrong with what you’ve done. Quite the contrary. You just asked for suggestions, so I offered one.

Hope to see more boxes from you!


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

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#5 posted 01-06-2011 08:26 PM

Great job. I was thinking of using spalted maple myself. The pattern created by nature is striking! Your future mother-in-law should be impressed!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#6 posted 01-06-2011 11:12 PM

Beautiful looking wood, great job.

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#7 posted 01-07-2011 01:30 AM

A real beaut Dave, especially for a first box. Really well done. Look forward to seeing more…

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

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#8 posted 01-07-2011 01:31 AM

cool looking box.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#9 posted 01-07-2011 02:22 AM

Dave, I like the use of pretty wood for the bottom. I resaw thicker stock to make the sides and tops of my boxes. I am left with a piece around 1/4” thick which is perfect for a bottom. I have yet to use anything to cover the bottom. I do use trays and vary the material for the bottom of the trays. Sometimes nice wood, sometimes covered because people like a soft surface for jewelry-or so my wife says! Beautiful box and it shows you have learned a lot about how to make one.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#10 posted 01-22-2011 11:56 PM

Thanks for all the comments and advice!! Roger, It makes sense to put some time of felt or such on the inside of the box, I will play around with the idea for my next box.

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