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Project by blockhead posted 1266 days ago 2041 views 4 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have to say that this is one project that I’m glad to be done with. It fought me tooth and nail from the word go. The main box is made from Birch, which is my first time using, other than in ply form. This is not a user friendly wood, at least it wasn’t for me that is. I made this for my wife’s birtdhday and it ended up being a couple of weeks late. Even with very sharp blades, bits, ZC inserts, etc. it still wanted to chip and break out. I even got chip out one time when I stared at it too hard, lol. Anyway, it’s done now and my wife was excited about it and that’s what matters.

The woods used are Birch, Purpleheart, Aromatic Cedar and Cherry. The Cherry dowels are inserted through some copper bushings I had. There was supposed to be a pull out insert for the dividers, but when I put it in for the last time, one of the pieces snapped and it was ruined. I had the dividers in and out numerous times while fitting them with no problems. It was as if the box was making sure it had the last word. Anyway, I will wait and see what my wife is going to do with it and then I will make some new ones accordingly.

If you are interested in making something similar, check out Andy's Art Box tutorial. Thanks again Andy! Any comments/critiques are welcomed and appreciated. Thanks for looking.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.





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cwdance1

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#1 posted 1266 days ago

Wonderful job, man I can’t imagine the time it took. Great job.

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tdv

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#2 posted 1266 days ago

Some projects are like that aren’t they but I have to say I declare you the winner. You made it be a great little box so there!
Nice job Brad
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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Dusty56

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#3 posted 1266 days ago

Yup , Birch can be a real Bit@h sometimes but you’ve GOT to love it once you tame it : )
Really nice gift box and your design is awesome : )

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

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majeagle1

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#4 posted 1266 days ago

Whoooa there Brad…......... this is fantastic!
Wonderful choice of wood, beautiful craftsmanship, and great design!!!
I’ll bet the wife was happy with this one….......... !!!

I really like your unique choice of the bushings and dowels in the corners, great idea !

I know what you mean when you say you had to “fight it tooth and nail”, I’ve had my share of those
as well. I’m glad you made it through with this one, you came out on top and definetly a winner!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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blockhead

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#5 posted 1266 days ago

Thanks all for the kind words and declaring me the “winner”. :) Regardless of who won, this thing gave me a beat down I won’t soon forget. lol

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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David175

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#6 posted 1266 days ago

very nice box..I think it was worth the fight

-- Dave..Pensacola Fl.........In GOD we trust

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bigike

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#7 posted 1266 days ago

very cool looken box.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://www.icombadaniels@yahoo.com

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grizzman

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#8 posted 1266 days ago

dude….man thats a beauty….....i love everything about it…i really like the corners and the copper bushings…nice touch…yea i would say its a winner for me…great project…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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CharlieM1958

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#9 posted 1266 days ago

That’s just outstanding in so many ways, Brad. Fantastic!

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

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brianinpa

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#10 posted 1266 days ago

The battle make the journey a better memory. Looks great!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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Pete DeSimas

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#11 posted 1266 days ago

The box is beautiful, I an sure your wife is enjoying it.

-- Pete DeSimas - Rhode Island

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jeepturner

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#12 posted 1266 days ago

The box turned out well. I know what you mean when you say it fought you tooth and nail. I have never been pushed over the edge by a project I was doing, but I could see the edge. Glad you finished it, I am sure your wife will enjoy it, now on to the next one.

-- Mel,

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JoeinDE

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#13 posted 1266 days ago

outstanding craftsmanship. I really like the way that the cedar and the purpleheart work together. I might have to use those two in combination in the future.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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maricamp

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#14 posted 1266 days ago

Beautiful! And I know your wife loves it!

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NBeener

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#15 posted 1266 days ago

”It fought me tooth and nail from the word go. ”

You won.

By a country mile.

It’s beautiful.

-- -- Neil

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