Oak box with veneer lid

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Project by itsmic posted 01-26-2011 08:22 PM 2371 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Everyone

Still like a deep freeze up here in Maine, figured I would post another project. This box was one of my very first ones. It is an oak box made from pallet wood. It has box joints and has a mitered picture framed book end matched veneer lid. I also put some walnut keys in the lid, that was a real challenge to do with out any real solid jig, just set it up with clamps and was real careful with the table saw, one mess up and I would be done. Any thing like that from here on out will be done with a reliable jig. The solid brass hinges are mortised, and it has a raised floor, this box was before my logo came into existence. It has a couple coats of linseed oil, and paste wax as a finish. I gave this box to the Love of my Life, Cindy, she is getting quit the collection by now. Well, it was lots of fun and a real challenge for one of my first endeavors into woodworking. Thanks for looking.

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#1 posted 01-26-2011 08:45 PM

Nice box. The keys in the lid are pretty cool, nice tight box joints and the veneer is beautiful.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#2 posted 01-26-2011 09:12 PM

Very nice. I thought for a moment you were going to try pass that veneered lid off as pallet wood as well!

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

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#3 posted 01-26-2011 09:30 PM

I second that the veneer is beautiful.

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#4 posted 01-26-2011 09:33 PM

Very nice, Mic. Thanks for letting me know how it can be done!

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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#5 posted 01-26-2011 10:05 PM

Wonderful looking box, great job.

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#6 posted 01-26-2011 10:26 PM

The veneer looks like a Van gogh painting If you look at the first pic. you can Imagine a tree trunk coming up from the bottom frame and the wind sweeping through the tree top showing a few dark spots as leaf clusters. very cool! thanks!

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#7 posted 01-27-2011 02:58 AM

Yes, I can see the tree !! And a couple of bears or wolfs behind it.

Cool box . I will try pallet any time at all. Already picked one.
Take care

-- Back home. Fernando

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#8 posted 01-27-2011 03:40 AM

very nice box.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#9 posted 02-08-2011 11:27 PM

Just stumbled upon this. Really like the veneer work and corner splines that go through the lid. Actually i guess they are more like keys because of their placement? Anyway, cool looking box and thank you for sharing.

-- Wilton, Phoenixville PA

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#10 posted 02-17-2011 03:33 AM

Wow mic , only 4 years as serious wood worker? your work is beautiful!

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#11 posted 03-06-2011 04:00 PM

Hi Mic;

Nice job on this box!

The choice of veneer for the top is perfect.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 03-06-2011 04:06 PM

Sweet piece. Love the veneered top. Nice touch on the corner keys, too.
Good score on the pallet wood. You utilized it with skill.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#13 posted 03-14-2011 08:49 PM

Gorgeous box and the lid is just fantastic : )
I’ve always loved the look of box joints , sometimes even better than dovetails. This is one of those times : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 03-21-2011 03:15 AM

Love the veneer!!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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