A few Boxes

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Project by rance posted 06-14-2011 06:01 PM 3208 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a few boxes I’ve built:

1. A pen box (to hold a pen, of course). Purple Heart and Ash(I believe) with an inlayed strip in the top. I bought the inlay. This was the model for a class I taught, but eventually dropped.


2. Badda-Binga Box. The carcass is Bubinga with Maple/Purple Heart/Jatoba(?) for the lid. This is the example box for the box class I teach. Although, if a student takes the class 6 times, they go away with a different style/color box each time.


3. Two of six boxes I built for a Parish to take sacriments, a small bible, crucifix, annointing oils to home-bound members. They were using cardboard shoe boxes and thought it was time to upgrade. About 9”x13”. Case and top are both Cherry with a Danish Oil finish. Inlay is Mahogany. The first real inlay I had done. Crushed Burgandy lining in the bottom glued to thin cardboard(back of an il-legal pad) with a Burgandy ribbon for ease of removal for cleaning.
Rare-Earth magnets held the lid in place. The lid was also rabbetted.

Oh, and Mahogany corner splines.

With these six boxes, I had a time with the lids warping. I ended up replacing two of them. You might also notice the difference in the inlays. All but one got the square corners.

4. Jewelry Box. Commissioned by a client with specific dimensions(the box, not the client). This was to replace one that was showing age(again, the box was showing age, not the client. Well, maybe the client was showing a little age too). Entirely from reclaimed Knotty Pine I tore down from my brother-in-law’s house. Two and a half rooms worth. He was about to cover it up with sheetrock. I think the corner splines were Mahogany. Finished with several coats of Lacquer. Crushed Burgundy cloth in the bottom and in the trays. Tray dividers were probably 1/8” birch plywood(eek!).

Yeah, a little booger on the hinge mortise on this side. :( Next time I should address the checks in the knots a little differently too. Suggestions?

Not shown on the main picture for this was the addition of a Cocobolo lift I added to the front of the lid.

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

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#1 posted 06-14-2011 06:23 PM

Some nice lookin boxes!!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 06-14-2011 08:58 PM

Great looking boxes – I especially like the knotty pine one !!

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#3 posted 06-14-2011 09:15 PM

A very nice selection of different designs… well done…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 06-15-2011 01:08 AM

Great boxes, nice work.

-- Tom D

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Gene Howe

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#5 posted 06-15-2011 01:42 AM

Nice bunch of boxes. Like Scotty, I’m partial to the knotty pine one, also.
Nice thing you did for the church, too.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#6 posted 06-15-2011 03:10 AM

Yes nice looking boxes
Yes you should take up wood working full time but for the most part the pay sucks!
Pine seems to be the forgotten wood but I find it very useful in a lot of projects and the aroma makes good atmosphere in a shop.


-- Kiefer

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#7 posted 06-15-2011 04:08 AM

Always awesome, Rance. Great to have other people able to see your creativity.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#8 posted 06-15-2011 07:00 AM

nice boxes!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 06-15-2011 11:33 PM

Nice job on all of them. Surprisingly, at least to me, I like the pine box best. Something about it strikes me just right.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 06-16-2011 10:58 AM

Well done. Very well chosen wood and great finishing.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#11 posted 06-16-2011 10:03 PM

These boxes are really nice and show a lot of skill.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 06-18-2011 12:01 AM

Thank you for all the compliments. It is good motivation. It was kinda hard to deliver the Jewelry box. I wish I could keep them all. Or at least go visit them. There will be more Knottty Pine in future projects.

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

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