Bunch 'O Incra Boxes

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Project by JL7 posted 06-06-2011 02:13 AM 4823 views 7 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Kind of a late post here…..these were all done for Christmas 09 before I found Lumberjocks and when I was getting my start at woodworking. I got my first Incra jig (the original plastic one) and kind of went crazy on the boxes.

All finished with Blonde Shellac and wax with 0000 steel wool. Lots of hardwood flooring scraps in this lot.

Nothing spectacular – but lots of fun:

>> Jewerly Box – Wenge and Goncalo Alves (Tigerwood) w/ wood hinges for my daughter:

>> Playing Card Boxes – Made a series of 13 with different wood combos:

1 of 13 – Padauk and Curly Maple:

2 of 13 – Padauk – sapwood and heartwood:

3 of 13 – Walnut and Curly maple:

4 of 13 – Padauk and Zebrawood:

5 of 13 – Walnut and Maple:

6 of 13 – Cherry and Maple:

7 of 13 – Goncalo Alves (Tigerwood) and Maple:

8 of 13 – Walnut and Eucalyptus:

9 of 13 – Curly Maple and Lacewood:

10 of 13 – Cherry and Teak:

11 of 13 – Curly Maple and Purpleheart:

12 of 13 – Spanish Cedar and Mahogany:

13 of 13 – Mahogany and Spanish Cedar:

And the group photo:

>> Misc. Extras:

Thanks for looking.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 06-06-2011 02:22 AM

excellent work all

glad you got to finally show them

some great pieces

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 06-06-2011 02:25 AM

Very nice boxes and so many woods. Thanks for sharing Jeff.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#3 posted 06-06-2011 02:43 AM

very nice. I keep wanting to make some with my incra but never have got around to it. I hope they turn out even close to yours….

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#4 posted 06-06-2011 03:01 AM

My gosh , that is a gaggle of boxes.
You did go a bit crazy with your little Incra.
Alway cool to look back at what you have done.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 06-06-2011 03:04 AM

Hey – thanks for the comments – after looking back on the photos I just posted – I realize that a lot of learning occurred here – like make sure you have the correct increment selected on the jig – otherwise you’ll be shimming those joints (as seen on the close up photos!). That’s all part of it though I guess.

If I was counting (which I wasn’t) but would guess at least 12 mistakes occurred during these builds which I thought would scrap the box, but in the end – they all went out the door…...flaws and all.

Keeping track of all the different lams was always a problem – Good notes and a numbering system helps….

Darkthunder – once you get the basics down about centering the work, etc, you can cranks these out pretty fast….go for it!


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 06-06-2011 03:19 AM

Nice work on all of these. I have an Incra fence on order, waiting with bait on my breath.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#7 posted 06-06-2011 03:44 AM

Jeff, it looks like you were having too much fun!! Nice job and the range of wood types you came up with really is icing on the cake.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#8 posted 06-06-2011 04:05 AM

nice boxes man

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#9 posted 06-06-2011 05:43 AM

Hi Jeff, great selection of wood & boxes.

Glad you decide to show them.

Only 12 mistakes in almost 20 boxes is a winner average Jeff !!

-- Back home. Fernando

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#10 posted 06-06-2011 06:09 AM

Great Job! I have just started working with an incra jig. Still learning. What thickness of wood are you using? What bit do you use? Thanks

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#11 posted 06-06-2011 07:15 AM

That’s a great series of boxes. They look realy nice.
The choice of wood is equaly nice.

As for mistakes, I average a zillion per project hut I am having fun.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 06-06-2011 09:19 AM

Splendid collection of boxes, Jeff. What is the collective noun for a group of boxes? How many hours did this little lot take I wonder?

Interesting wood combinations too. Tell me, how do you get on with Wenge? I find it ‘difficult’ to be polite. Nice looking though. Padauk and Zebra are a strange yet pleasing combo.

I wish all those ‘serial posters’ out there, who post a number of similar projects singly (one after another), would take note of this post.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#13 posted 06-06-2011 02:02 PM

Hey – I really appreciate all the comments!

John (Woodenwizard) – wood is 1/2” thick and the dovetails are cut with a 1/2”, 14° bit. Box joints vary by project.

Martyn – the Wenge can really be a pain since it is so brittle, but the material I have is super stable and it actually machined pretty well. I don’t have alot of Wenge laying around and I certainly would not shell out the huge money to buy more – but I’m happy that I managed to crank the box out without much problem.

I am with you on the serial posting thing…...that is quite annoying…......


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#14 posted 06-06-2011 03:05 PM

Wow, love them… I really like Incra tools as well. I might have to get this. The dove tails look awesome! Nice post.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#15 posted 06-06-2011 03:47 PM

These are all great looking boxes, the contrasting woods look nice too.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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