Box for Grandma

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Project by Dan posted 01-08-2011 04:48 AM 1341 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box out of 3/4 red oak for my grandmother. This was my first box and my first inlay. I just started woodworking this year and I am learning a lot with every project. I would like to take a few classes but need to save up in order to take them (I’ve been spending all my money on new tools and wood). The finish is boiled linseed oil and wax.

The inside is lined with felt from Ethan Allen (found a whole bunch cheap on craigslist). I had to make a shooting board to fix the miters. My compound miter saw is off parallel quite a bit. I didn’t notice until I tried to do a dry fit.

I had a great time with this project and look forward to starting to make more complex projects in the future.

-- Will work for wood...

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#1 posted 01-08-2011 04:58 AM

Great Lookin Box And The Inlays

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#2 posted 01-08-2011 07:24 AM

It turned out great. I bet she loved it.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#3 posted 01-08-2011 07:26 AM

Great box Dan. I bet she was thrilled. Looking forward to seeing more…

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

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#4 posted 01-08-2011 10:20 AM

cool looken box.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#5 posted 01-08-2011 01:46 PM

Nice job on the box. The inlay work is very nice also.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 01-08-2011 02:47 PM

Well, you may have been woodworking for a short time but I think that this box is very nice and I can only imagine how much your grandma cherishes it. You did a good job on it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 01-08-2011 03:25 PM

Your grandmother smiles I’m sure, since you did a fine job, from the heart.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 01-08-2011 07:10 PM

Beautiful box, she’ll certainly treasure it! And I can relate to the time and money spent issues!

-- What? Me worry?!

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#9 posted 01-08-2011 07:11 PM

That is a good looking box, the inlay work is outstanding. You should be proud.

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

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#10 posted 01-08-2011 11:40 PM

Thank you all for your praises. She really likes the box. I’m looking forward to greatly improving next time.

-- Will work for wood...

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