Poplar Cigar Box

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Project by Zeigler posted 01-28-2008 06:04 AM 2220 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project posting and also my very first box. I am very new to woodworking, but I hope that everyone will enjoy seeing this project as much as I enjoy looking at your postings.

I used poplar for the sides and top because of cost and the beautiful patterns especially after applying Tung Oil. I used Birch plywood for the base, cheap and simple.

Cuts were made with a Bosch table saw, edges routed with a DeWalt Router, and sanding with a DeWalt Orbital. I used biscuit joinery.

The design on the top was routed using the Carvewright. This CNC router is definitely the most expensive tool that I’ve ever purchased, but worth every penny for making special designs.

I made this box for my best friend.

Be good,

-- Zeigler, Rhode Island

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#1 posted 01-28-2008 06:08 AM

I love it…LOVE it! Very Celtic, simople but fancy at the same time. Outstanding work!

Tell me more about the Carvewright….never heard of it before, but it definitely elevates your box to a new level :)

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#2 posted 01-28-2008 06:16 AM

Great job! I have been thinking about a Carvewright for a while now.

-- 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 01-28-2008 06:42 AM

Very cool. It looks like chip carving,

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

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#4 posted 01-28-2008 06:43 AM

Good looking box Zeigler – glad to see someone else with a CarveWright on the forum.

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

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#5 posted 01-28-2008 07:44 AM

Ahhh, to bad I gave up smoking Zeigler, I would be tempted to make one. Nice job.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 01-28-2008 02:03 PM

Very nice humidor. I, too, will be looking into the carvewright.

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#7 posted 01-28-2008 02:32 PM

Great looking box Ziegler. The carving add a very nice detail to the box. Poplar generally is not the wood of choice by many woodworkers. However, as demonstrated by your project, it is a nice wood to finish rather than paint.

Thanks for sharing.

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

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#8 posted 01-28-2008 02:40 PM

Whoa! This baby is expensive!

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#9 posted 01-28-2008 03:29 PM

Good job! Now keep those projects coming!

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

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#10 posted 01-28-2008 04:12 PM

Very nice. Good to see someone else with a CNC.

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#11 posted 01-28-2008 04:28 PM

great job.

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#12 posted 01-28-2008 09:52 PM

That’s a lucky friend. I’ve looked at those CNCs. Pretty cool tool.

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

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#13 posted 01-29-2008 05:39 AM

Great start, Zeigler

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

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#14 posted 01-29-2008 05:59 PM

Absolutely beautiful! I’m a sucker for Celtic and the lid is gorgeous. Great job!!!

-- "Creativity is...seeing something that doesn't exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God."

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