A Concave sided box

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Project by GaryK posted 01-11-2008 06:48 AM 8523 views 7 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a small box I just finished.
My wife asked me to make her a box to store all the keepsakes for our baby.
I did something new I have never tried before. Actually a lot things.

I started with 1 1/2” thick stock to allow machining of the sides. I then added another touch by inserting
dowels through a series of holes drilled from top to botom. They would later be exposed when I machined
the sides. I also added Maple slices in the corners.

You can see what I am talking about in this picture:

Here it is with all the dowels and slices in place.

I used Walnut for this box so that it would not require any stain, which would darken the dowels.
The inlay and banding on the top and the frame for the mirror is holly. The top is also a solid piece of wood.

I also used a new finish for me. It’s Arm-R-Seal wipe on finish, al la David Marks.

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

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#1 posted 01-11-2008 06:53 AM

Jeez, Gary, that’s a cool idea! Nice job!

-- 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 01-11-2008 07:02 AM

I’ve never seen that done before. That is sooooooooo cool! Did you come up with that design?

-- Happy woodworking!

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#3 posted 01-11-2008 07:32 AM

A great project and example of thinking outside the box.

-- Abe Low, Fine furniture, Sacramento, CA

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#4 posted 01-11-2008 07:34 AM

That is awesome. Great design, the dowels really make it stand apart.
Thanks for the mirror inside, reminds me of a music/jewelry box my mother
had when I was a kid.

-- All the test cuts in the world won't stop you from cutting the outside when you meant to cut the inside. doh!

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#5 posted 01-11-2008 09:40 AM

Every time I think I see a winner in the box contest I see yet another possible winner. This is an outstanding box Gary and you can count on me trying to copy this one. This may be my newest favorite box. BTW, is that a drop of blood on your work bench? Glad you didn’t spill it on the box :-))

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

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#6 posted 01-11-2008 11:50 AM

Man, that is a nice box. Thanks for posting the process, too.

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#7 posted 01-11-2008 12:26 PM

That’s a very fine box, and thanks for showing the dowelling and corner inserts.

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#8 posted 01-11-2008 12:37 PM

That’s one beautiful box. The shaping of the sides combined with the dowels are just striking. A very unique design.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#9 posted 01-11-2008 02:01 PM

exellent box gary , well thought out design and execution . you are a real craftsman .

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#10 posted 01-11-2008 02:48 PM

Very nice concept Gary! Your photo show just how much thought and workmanship went into this.I salute you.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#11 posted 01-11-2008 03:24 PM

Very unique design and great craftsmanship. Super job Gary! Your wife has to be pleased with it.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#12 posted 01-11-2008 03:29 PM

Garu. A very nice design for you box. The inserted dowels are a great addition and well though out before hand. Thats one of those things that after cutting, you say, “I need something to decorate the sides!”

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

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#13 posted 01-11-2008 03:59 PM

Excellent. Gives me ideas.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#14 posted 01-11-2008 04:10 PM

Another great idea from you, Gary. Thanks for coming clean on the construction, or I think most, like me, would have been wondering how the heck you did it. Wonderful!

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

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#15 posted 01-11-2008 04:14 PM

stunning… and personal challenges as well!! Well done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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