LumberJocks

If this box reminds you of something you’ve seen before …

  • Advertise with us
Project by Tootles posted 08-08-2011 03:29 PM 1689 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

That’s because you have.

I was recently required to do a course related to workshop skills and safety where I needed to do a woodwork project that would challenge me. So I went a-Googling for images and found this box made by Mike (stefang). Well one look and I loved it – I decided that I wanted to make one very similar.

As I progressed, started to enjoy myself in the making of the box and started looking at the blogs that Mike has posted on Lumberjocks, I realised that I owe him a huge statement of gratitude. In fact, that became one of the key reasons why I subsequently joined LJs. So …

Mike, I hope you do not mind that I have replicated your box as I have. Please accept my efforts as a compliment to your fine work. And thank you for posting your project and your blogs; for the information and the inspiration that they provided. (Actually, I could happily make that last statement to many others out there, but for now, this is for Mike).

Okay, now about the box. It is made from bits of an old dining table, which, I was told, is Australian (probably Tasmanian?) Oak. I don’t know what the light and dark wood in the inlay is – just some bits that I found in the wood store. Size is 250×180 x 115 mm (approx. 10×7 1/2×4 1/2 “).

I did want to do either box or dovetail joints but the workshop did not have a suitable router jig (one of my challenges was to use a router since I did not have much previous experience with one). Instead I used double rebate (rabbet) joints everywhere except the top, which has a single rebate all round. It has a wooden hinge which I did entirely differently to any way that anybody on LJs has suggested – and I wouldn’t do it the same way again. I made the rebate for the inlay using a forstner bit in the drill press, and the inlay pieces on the band saw and disc sander. The finish is sanding sealer and wax polish.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking





15 comments so far

View shipwright's profile

shipwright

5074 posts in 1483 days


#1 posted 08-08-2011 04:48 PM

Nice box. The hinges certainly look good. Why would you not do them again?

Also clever use of the forstner bit for the inlay.

Good work

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

View rance's profile

rance

4142 posts in 1846 days


#2 posted 08-08-2011 04:50 PM

I like the simple lines of the box. Very nice job on the inlay. I you hadn’t of said, I would have guessed some kind of Mahogany. I’d challenge you on it but identifying wood is my weak point. Nice job on the box.

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

View Maveric777's profile

Maveric777

2691 posts in 1762 days


#3 posted 08-08-2011 07:20 PM

Handsome little box you have here. Looks like you learned a few things along the way and had fun while you did it…. Well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

View itsmic's profile

itsmic

1419 posts in 1804 days


#4 posted 08-08-2011 11:39 PM

Nice box, interesting lid design, and fine work on the hinges, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

View Arlin Eastman's profile

Arlin Eastman

2116 posts in 1247 days


#5 posted 08-08-2011 11:45 PM

Nicely done on the box it is just wonderful. I can not wait until you make more.
Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

View degoose's profile

degoose

7038 posts in 2040 days


#6 posted 08-09-2011 05:37 AM

Very classy!!

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

View Tootles's profile

Tootles

713 posts in 1187 days


#7 posted 08-09-2011 11:40 AM

Thanks guys

Shipwright, I would happily do wooden hinges again, but differently. I did mine not with a round dowel, but with a teardrop shape – only three corners of the square rounded off – and with the hole drilled individually in each piece. It was tricky to drill the hole in the right spot, even with a jig, and to glue. Perhaps I should do a blog to explain what I did as a lesson of what not to do.

Rance, credit for the simple lines goes to Mike (stefang) from whom I “borrowed” the basic design.

Arlin, I can’t wait to do more too!

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

View shipwright's profile

shipwright

5074 posts in 1483 days


#8 posted 08-09-2011 03:47 PM

I know the problem of aligning the holes, I fought with it myself.
Check out this blog. http://lumberjocks.com/shipwright/blog/23989
It’s just a very simple trick I came up with that can maybe solve the thing for you.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

View Tootles's profile

Tootles

713 posts in 1187 days


#9 posted 08-09-2011 04:08 PM

Thanks Shipwright – maybe next time it will solve the problem. I couldn’t have done it this time though because the circular saw was out of bounds to me in the workshop where I did the project (long story of senseless bureachracy).

In many ways, I knew in my gut that the way I did the hinge was not the best way, but I did it anyway as an experiment – and now I know why that is so. So watch out for a blog of lessons learned.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

View Tootles's profile

Tootles

713 posts in 1187 days


#10 posted 08-10-2011 09:28 AM

Okay, blog done.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

View terrilynne's profile

terrilynne

833 posts in 1579 days


#11 posted 08-19-2011 06:01 AM

Very nice box. I like the quilt design on the lid.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

View Geoff's profile

Geoff

15 posts in 1137 days


#12 posted 09-11-2011 03:28 AM

cool box :) what kind of wood did you use?

View Tootles's profile

Tootles

713 posts in 1187 days


#13 posted 09-11-2011 12:53 PM

Geoff, I used some salvaged bits of a dining table! Theye were really difficult to get through the thicknesser to take the original finish off, they just stick to the surface of the thicknesser

I was told that it is Australian Oak, which I found out last week is actually a member of the eucalyptus family. The light and dark woods were just bits I found in the wood shelf of the workshop I was working in (not mine). The light petals of the inlay might be jelutong because it is pretty soft

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

View stefang's profile

stefang

13251 posts in 2020 days


#14 posted 12-31-2011 02:27 PM

Very nice box Tootles. Your inlay looks perfect, as do the joints too. Thank you for all that praise. It is feels good to know that some, like yourself have gotten some benefit from my blogs. Many woodworkers are often described as “self-taught”, but that is not entirely true. Almost everything we know comes from others via magazines, woodworking sites, friends, etc. I like to think my blogs might help someone else struggling with the same problems as I have.

Regardless of skill level, we all have some knowledge and/or good ideas and tips to pass along, so I hope you will do the same. We are lucky to have such a fantastic resource like LJ where we can advance our skills through sharing and make a lot of friends at the same time.

I promised to do a stickwork blog a long time ago and I have unfortunately forgotten that promise. Thanks for reminding me about it. Stickwork is pretty easy and a lot of fun to do, but it does require really tight glue joints to look good. I learned about it from an article by an Englishman (a Pom?) in a woodturning book I bought. He made a lot of really beautiful patterns but the effect was spoiled by poor glue joints. I will try to focus on how to avoid that problem in my blog. Otherwise stickwork is surprisingly simple to do.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

View Roger's profile

Roger

14847 posts in 1489 days


#15 posted 03-14-2012 11:48 AM

this is a very awesome keepsake box, beautifully done

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase