A few more boxes

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Project by stanley_clifton posted 03-05-2011 10:35 PM 1820 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a few more little box projects finished over the last few months. I’m pleased to say that the hickory box with the walnut pin joints has sold, as have the six beech and sapele spice boxes. One gets the feeling that people are buying items as gifts for others rather than for themselves, which is a not entirely comfortable sensation. However, the other items are still adorning my worktop, which is even less of a comfortable sensation.

From left to right, as I’m looking at the items now:

  • sapele band saw box using a driftwood piece found on our South Beach here at Blackpool, England
  • hickory body and pin-hinged lid, constructed using walnut pins to secure simple butt joints – ‘rustic’
  • oak band saw box from a garden bench project off-cut with a bevel-planed, walnut-laminate, hinged lid
  • laminate band saw box of sapele, ebony and sycamore with a figured beech, hinged lid
  • made from the discard core of an earlier project, six spice style boxes in sapele, beech and sycamore.

As ever these have all been finished with my favourite Danish oil and then buffed with a wax polish.

The items are mainly constructed with hand tools, apart from my trusty band saw of course and occasionally the drill press to make pin hinges. As I’m getting better at setting my hand planes and scrapers, I’m finding that abrasive finishing apart from de-knibbing is becoming less and less necessary. They do say that a true craftsman never needs abrasive paper, but I’ve always considered that b**cks.

I hope that you enjoy looking at these. I’m now on with my much postponed Welsh Dresser project, which will probably take the rest of the year, during which I’ve sworn not to be distracted by other projects. The Dresser will of course be posted, assuming that I don’t manage to trash it completely.

All the best to you all.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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#1 posted 03-05-2011 11:20 PM

nice work the last pic looks like they can be chess pieces.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#2 posted 03-06-2011 12:42 AM

“Comfortable” equals selling NO MATTER WHAT the reason. Nice combination of boxes and creativity…... keep up the good work!!

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#3 posted 03-06-2011 12:50 AM

Very nice boxes! ....although I did crave a slice of home made bread with the first one.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#4 posted 03-09-2011 12:07 AM

really like the sapele, good job all round.

-- I cut it twice & it was still too short

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#5 posted 03-15-2011 11:17 AM

nice box

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