Just a simple box

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Project by Zuki posted 2407 days ago 1935 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I believe that this was one of the first wwing projects that I completed.

It was about three years ago and DW wanted something to store all her homeopathic beads and tinctures. She said she wanted a box . . . just a simple box . . . made from some scrap wood out in the shop.

As my wwing skills were rather limited and LJs was just a thought in some guy’s head, my mind was turning rather slowly on how to make the box. I had a flashback to the age of 5 when little Zuki was out in his father’s garage cutting up plywood with a rusty hand saw and nailing it together to make something to hold the nails of various sizes that were strewn all over the garage floor. Did I mention that I had strewn those nails? But I digress.

I found some “scrap” pine in the shop and started to dimension the wood to build the simple box. Just prior to this project I had picked up a King dovetail jig for my router and I was itching to try it out. The result was some ok looking half-blind dovetails.

You may be wondering about the finish . . . it’s a coco rub (yep the stuff you cook with) and olive oil. DW wanted to keep it as natural as possible because of the nature of the box’s content.

It has been beating around the house for three years and still serves its purpose.

My simple box.

-- BLOG -

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#1 posted 2407 days ago

That’s pretty cool! Interesting finish.

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

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#2 posted 2407 days ago

A simple box and a useful box. Works for me. I remember building my wife a small table right after we were married (I think that was before power tools) and she asked if I ever hit my thumb with the hammer. Funny thing is that until she asked, I never had. Oh the power of suggestion.

-- Working at Woodworking

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 2407 days ago

That is an interesting finish. I have never heard of it before. How did you happen to come across it?

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 2407 days ago

No such thing as a “simple box”. LOL

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 2407 days ago

Great looking little box. Any box is a good box.

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

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#6 posted 2407 days ago

I like projects that have history. Interesting idea on the finish. How is it holding up?

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#7 posted 2407 days ago

Simple is good!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#8 posted 2407 days ago

Fun looking little box.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#9 posted 2407 days ago

The finish. Well DW wanted to darken the wood a little and the only thing we had around the house was coco. We do not drink drink coffee and we tested strong steeped tea but did not like the results.

The box was a little powdery so we had to coat it in something. Why choose olive oil? It was either oilve or sunflower . . . we cook with both. I beleive we may have had more olive oil at the time.

It was a little tacky at first . . . but after some time (I have no idea who long) it became “untacky” and left us with matt finish you see above.

-- BLOG -

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 2406 days ago

Your box reminded me about the boxes Dynamite came in years ago, but they were made from i/2’’ pine,

& had box joints. The guys that worked in the mines used to bring them home, They were used for a lot things.

I’ve even seen garages built with Dynamite box sheathing. When you took apart the box, you could connect

them end to end, making a long board.

If you went inside the garage, you’d see Hercules Powder Company in big print on the walls.

Some people even made furniture with them.

By the way, that’s a neat looking box.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#11 posted 2406 days ago

Great Box Zuki. A learning process and I big step forward to try something new.

-- 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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#12 posted 2406 days ago

Pretty nice looking box it has a weird kind of look to it. Maybe its just the dovetails

-- A. Molloy

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#13 posted 2406 days ago

The noble little old box with lots of character and a great story. I like it. Thanks for sharing.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#14 posted 2406 days ago

SIMPLY beautiful

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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