First box

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Project by JWF posted 1203 days ago 1331 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first “real” box and my first project posted to Lumberjocks. Made this last year for my oldest daughter to commemorate her graduation from Navy boot camp. Materials are Big Orange Box red oak and redwood. The redwood started life as a rather wet fence board. I cut it to rough dimensions and took a skim cut on both sides using a router surfacing jig. After a couple of weeks in my 90+ degree, zero humidity garage it was much drier and had a nice bow to it. Another session on the surfacing jig and it was flat and ready to go. I used the redwood to remind her that wherever her Navy career takes her she’ll always be a California girl (ironically enough she’s currently stationed in San Diego). Lining is a blue felt; stop hinges are from Brusso. Finish is Watco Danish Oil (Natural).

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#1 posted 1202 days ago

What a fitting way to thank her for her service. The Oak and Redwood work well together. Well done.

-- Don, North Carolina, Working full time at retired.

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#2 posted 1202 days ago

Nicely done! Great job on getting those miter joints nice & tight. Thank your daughter for all of us!

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#3 posted 1202 days ago

Great looking box, I love the color of the felt and how it looks against the wood. A very nice keepsake.

-- Brian

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#4 posted 1195 days ago

Great looking box! Well done!

-- christopheralan

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#5 posted 1195 days ago

KWF great looking box for her. Question ,where did you get the Navy emblem to go on the top?

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#6 posted 1195 days ago

cool little box

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#7 posted 1193 days ago

Your first box?? What the crap, man!?? It’s one heck of a “first” box! Wow, you’re gonna go places.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#8 posted 1193 days ago

Thanks everyone.

@Richard; if I remember right I ordered the medallion from If you google “adhesive us navy medallion” you’ll find a few styles.

@thejosh; it’s funny; I see other people post projects here that they describe as their first woodworkng project and I always say the same thing you just did about mine. I think we all tend to appreciate other people’s work more than our own.

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#9 posted 1192 days ago

JWF , Thanks I checked it out and they have a good selection. Just not any of the ships I served on since they are all scraped now. Must have been a long time ago I was on them. :)

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