Box for a Neighbor

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 01-04-2008 05:21 AM 1875 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a not-too-fancy little box with a short story behind it. My neighbor Barbara, who is also my wife’s walking partner, came into my shop the other day for the first time and made quite a fuss over some of the boxes I had lying around. She was especially impressed with the bubinga veneer box I posted here a while back.

Turns out she has a fascination with boxes. Who knew??!!

So I welcomed the opportunity to whip one up for her with some of the same veneer. The top and base are cherry, and the inlays on top are walnut. Finish is multiple coats of water-based poly built up, then sanded out through 400 grit before the last couple of coats. I am very new to veneer work, and I learned with this project that it is much easier to veneer a larger piece of plywood first, then cut the sides from the larger piece (as opposed to making the box first, and then veneering it.)

I’m looking forward to surprising her with it this weekend.

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

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#1 posted 01-04-2008 05:24 AM

Charlie! Another stunner! Another stunner! I love these boxes!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 01-04-2008 05:28 AM

I want to walk into your shop and get a box to! That’s a nice one. She’ll enjoy it a lot I’m sure.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 01-04-2008 05:30 AM

Nice Box. I like the color

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#4 posted 01-04-2008 05:41 AM

great looking box charlie . im sure she will be quite pleased

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#5 posted 01-04-2008 06:05 AM

Thanks to all.

Betsy, if you can find my shop, I’ll make you a box. But you might have to walk a couple mile with my wife just to keep everything on the up-and-up. :-)

I forgot to mention the approximate dimensions are 11”W x 9”D x 5”H.

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

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#6 posted 01-04-2008 06:45 AM

Another winner Charlie!
How did you hinge this one, and how are you doing the veneering? Inquiring (and envious) minds want to know.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#7 posted 01-04-2008 06:56 AM

Doug, it has a piano hinge mounted to the back of the box and underside of the lid.

For the veneering, I’m using Tite-Bond cold-press veneer glue, and clamping between two boards with as many clamps as I can get on. Of course a vacuum bag would be a necessity fo curves, but this method seems to work fine for flat s

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

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#8 posted 01-04-2008 08:49 AM

Another outstanding box Charlie. I have to try that veneering one of these days. Can you post a pic of the hinge setup? I

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

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#9 posted 01-04-2008 09:42 AM

Great box! I found out like you did about veneering a large piece and then cutting it up.
I broke down and got a vacuum press for veneering. It really comes in handy.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 01-04-2008 01:03 PM

Beautiful box. The simple elegance of the inlays and the veneered sides make this something really nice to look at.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#11 posted 01-04-2008 01:32 PM

Charlie, that is a stunner!

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#12 posted 01-04-2008 03:08 PM

THank you all!

Bill, I’ll snap a photo of the hinge and post it here sometime over the weekend.

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

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#13 posted 01-04-2008 03:10 PM

Lovely box Charlie.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#14 posted 01-04-2008 08:01 PM

Very nice Charlie, I just love that kind of wood.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#15 posted 01-05-2008 05:15 PM

Very nice, love figure of the wood.

-- Marty Ohio

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