2x4 Box Project

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Project by DannyBoy posted 02-01-2008 05:23 AM 14470 views 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was originally intending to post this as my entry for the January-February contest, but the submissions closed at 3:00 cst as opposed to midnight when I expected. Oh, well. I’ll just have to win the next one.

Basically, I came up with the design by thinking way too long on how to do both the 2×4 and box projects. My original intent was to have it store a wine bottle and two glasses but I thought the JD was funnier. Not to mention, I can now title the project “Jack in the Box”.

Obviously, the material is all pine. I cut the strips for the sides at 3/16” and framed them with more 3/16” pieces. It was tricky cutting those thin strips with the table saw, but it did it well. Lucky it wasn’t a harder wood. The strips are all secured with Titebond II.

I finished in with Min Wax stain (Early American I think) and used brass corners, hinges, and latches. It’s hard to see but I had to hide the nails for the top part of the latches under the corners in order for it all to fit. Bad design on that one part.

All in all it was a fun project. Cost about $20 to make not including fabric for the inside (oh, that’s just loose in there right now but will be filled in with packing foam to make it more travelable). I’ve never built a box before and it was interesting to see how far I could stretch the 2×4.

-- He said wood...

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#1 posted 02-01-2008 06:01 AM

I like it. Has a nice look to it !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 02-01-2008 06:04 AM

very nice project.

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

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#3 posted 02-01-2008 07:18 AM

Very nice. Watch out the BOX BUG has bitten ya! That sure is a humdinger, too! I know what ya mean about them thin strips on teh table saw. My woodworking mags all seem to have a jig featured to cut thin strips. I suggest you look at the new magazine from Shop Notes, Table Saw: Tough Cuts Made Easy, on sale at your fav book stores. Lowes has it at 10% off. Check page 46 for a simple jig for cutting thin strips. Sure beats scary cuts using fence!

I look forward to your next boxes!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#4 posted 02-01-2008 08:45 AM

Good looking box – too bad you missed the deadline for entry, but all is not lost – you still have the Jack to drown your sorrows.

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

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#5 posted 02-01-2008 08:49 AM

Great project. Too bad you didn’t make the time limit.

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

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#6 posted 02-01-2008 10:57 AM

Great box, and what’s not to like about the concept. Jack-in-the-box… hysterical.

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#7 posted 02-01-2008 12:02 PM

I like the “Jack in the Box”. The box isn´t bad either.

-- Jiri

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#8 posted 02-01-2008 12:59 PM

Yeah, Jack in the Box had me laughing that I almost forgot to look at the pictures. A very spiffy looking box and quite practical as well.

-- Working at Woodworking

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

Count me into the “loved Jack in the Box title” camp! That’s great!!! ;)

Nice box too :)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#10 posted 02-01-2008 01:27 PM

This is a very nice box. But this is a slippery slope. Once you realize the potential and beauty of boxes they become addictive. As I said in an earlier post perseverance here is one of the main elements of the contest. You were able to complete your project- a milestone in itself. Cajunpen’s signature speaks addresses this well.

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

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#11 posted 02-01-2008 02:12 PM

Great start in making boxes.The next one will be easier,you can splurge on a wider board.Well done!

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

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#12 posted 02-01-2008 02:51 PM

jack in the box.. that’s funny
and the box is awesome!!!!
well done.

I like your attitude: I’ll just have to win the next one.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 02-01-2008 03:13 PM

Good job. Theres always next time.
The glass in the last pic seems to indicate that the photo session was going well.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 02-01-2008 04:23 PM

Got to love the admins here. They have given me a chance and let me enter this into both contests!!! Thanks guys! I hope I do well.

-- He said wood...

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#15 posted 02-01-2008 10:25 PM

You just got my vote!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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