Cedar Box

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Project by dbray45 posted 01-31-2011 03:39 PM 1308 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I promised this to someone and had a few moments so I put this together. The top is a single piece. You know, finding 3/16” or 1/4” long screws are a pain so instead of hinges, I put a couple of magnets to hold the top in place. Used Minwax’s Tung oil finish on the outside, left the inside smelling nice (aromatic cedar).

This was a pretty piece of cedar and worked out well.

What are your thoughts? What do you like and or not? If I decide to make these for sale, what would you change – fire sales do not count ;-)


-- David in Damascus, MD

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#1 posted 01-31-2011 04:40 PM

LOVE IT1 Was thinking about a cedar chest. If I could get the finish to look as good as yours… Nice work.

-- Wookie=Wood Rookie

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#2 posted 01-31-2011 05:38 PM

Nice job! Cedar is sure nice to work with . What size is it? I make and sell many of them. Mine are small though. 8”x 11” x 2.5” deep. and smaller. No box joints on mine though. I use small hinges using 3/8” screws I bought on line at a craft supply site. I make the sides of the boxes 3/8” thick to accomidate the screws. I mass produce them and inlay images on the lids or apply cut out designs and sell them for $8- $12 each here in west Texas. Prices will be different in different areas. I find people like the white in the wood like yours better than the all red ones. You made an excellent choice of wood.

-- "Just my opinion, I may be right"

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#3 posted 01-31-2011 06:09 PM

This box has 3/8 sides but the top is fairly thin where the hinges would be – 1/4” screws would be best. This was all from one piece of wood. For aromatic cedar, it is hord to find clear stock.

Thank you.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#4 posted 01-31-2011 06:29 PM

I like it a lot. I’m not a fan of those tiny screws at all. Magnets are a very clever way to do it.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#5 posted 01-31-2011 06:35 PM

Rare earth magnets and a small screw opposing it is all it takes.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#6 posted 01-31-2011 09:18 PM

Good looking box…never thought of using the magnets. I cut out the first letter of the customers last name and glue it to the top of the box. It stands out and is easy and cheap.

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#7 posted 01-31-2011 09:20 PM

Good idea

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#8 posted 02-01-2011 12:44 AM

I really like the wood and i also like idea of magnets never thought of that.Thanks for the pictures


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