My "Not Just Any Box" Entry - with a callback update

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Project by Douglas Bordner posted 2373 days ago 5161 views 4 times favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box was made as a Christmas present for a friend, Richard Carlson. After seeing a face emerge on my first box of this type, Rich was the one who told me about the character Roly Poly Olie. His kids are younger than my step-son, so they were watching Olie on the Disney Channel at the time that box was made.

I decided to incorporate double dovetails and a stand (or feet for Olie, if you will) utilizing miter joints. I generally eschew miters, as I just don’t do well with them. This time out I built a miter sled, based on one of Niki’s creations. The results were all together better than my usual outcomes with miters.

As with the previous Olie box, the lid is of a pinned breadboard design (walnut pegs for the eyes). The lift (nose) is an acorn turned from walnut with a dowel turned on the base which fits a stopped 1/4˝ hole. The acorn’s cap was woodburned to create the scales, using my wife’s pyrography pen (her Xmas present from me – I will post some of her work shortly. She’s a natural, and everyday she has created something new that blows my socks off. I have gotten more joy from this gift to her than anything short of her engagement ring).

The box had a turned bloodwood escutcheon (the mouth). This has subsequently been replaced by a bookmatched bit of Morado. See last two project pictures for the update. Originally the escutcheon was glued on with cyanoacrylate, now it’s mounted with 5 minute epoxy. I free-handed the shape on the scroll saw to follow grain lines rather than to be strictly symmetrical.

The front panels of the box are made from Jatoba, side panels and base are Cherry with the secondary set of doves in Walnut.


The box has a half-till made from Spanish Cedar with a white oak bottom. I left the Spanish Cedar ledger strips that hold the till up unfinished, so the box is scented with that aroma I love so much. Box bottom is stained baltic birch ply.


I used a piece of Spanish Cedar on the front of the till that had a swirl in it that mirrors the swirling grain of the front Jatoba panel.


Finish is Zinsser Sealcoat dewaxed shellac and Trewax mahogany tinted wax. Box dimensions are 10˝x 7.5˝ x 5.5˝.
The internal depth of the box is 3.75˝.

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

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#1 posted 2373 days ago

This came out nice. Love the acorn. Clever.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#2 posted 2373 days ago

Fantactic looking box! The acorn and double dovetails are a great touch.

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

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#3 posted 2373 days ago

Great Box Douglas. Congratulation on completing.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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dennis mitchell

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#4 posted 2373 days ago

That will age beautifully.

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Douglas Bordner

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#5 posted 2373 days ago

Karson, if I didn’t enter a box contest I would have to hang it up. I’m still mulling over the 2×4 entry. I’m sure it will be mundane compared to some of the amazing things posted thusfar (Jeez, Paul – you made that from pine…)

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

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#6 posted 2373 days ago

Very nice, plenty of interesting details to keep looking at

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

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Peter Oxley

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#7 posted 2373 days ago

Those kids will be explaining about Olie when they pass this box down to their grandchildren. What a great combination of serious construction and whimsical details! Nice job, Douglas!

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#8 posted 2373 days ago

it IS very interesting! Something new will pop up most every time you look at it. Very nice attention to detail!

Boy, do I have to learn my Incra jig!

Go Doug, Go!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#9 posted 2373 days ago

Wonderful box, Douglas. I like the finish and the hinges and how tight everything seems to be overall. Nice Bordnerization (meant in the best sense of the term.) :-)

I have to admit I was a little freaked out when I read the name of the friend for whom you made it… My best friend since 4th grade is named Richard Carlson and he also goes by ‘Rich’.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#10 posted 2373 days ago

Super details and gorgeous woods!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#11 posted 2373 days ago

Now that’s a box. Beautiful, well detailed, great photos and details written. Should be a winner.

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

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#12 posted 2373 days ago

Nice one Doug! Looks like you’ve got that double dovetail down pat now!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#13 posted 2373 days ago

That’s just amazing. It is beautiful, and the detail is just wonderful. Great job.

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#14 posted 2373 days ago

Very nice. The double dovetails are great and I like the pegged top.

-- Working at Woodworking

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 2373 days ago

Hi Douglas;

Very beautiful Box. Great workmanship.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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