cherry box w/maple lid

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Project by woodtex posted 02-12-2008 09:43 PM 1393 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

my first posting is a mitered cherry box with a maple lid. i messed up when cutting the lid so i messed up all 4 corners so it would look like i meant to do it. i made the handle out of a piece of cherry dowel.

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#1 posted 02-12-2008 10:01 PM

Good looking box. It’s not a mistake it’s a design feature.

The sign of a good woodworker is the ability to cope with mistakes which we all
make (except for me, of course :-) )

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-12-2008 10:09 PM

I agree. Your “mistake” actually adds visual interest. Well done and great shape of the sides.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#3 posted 02-12-2008 10:39 PM

All corrected mistakes are design features – it adds a little intrest!

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#4 posted 02-12-2008 10:51 PM

If only my “mistakes” looked so good :)

-- "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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#5 posted 02-12-2008 11:04 PM

I think you ‘got away’ with the mistake.
Nice box in a classic wood combination.

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#6 posted 02-12-2008 11:08 PM

A good woodworker is not one who can make something perfect the first time. A good woodworker is someone who can fix their mistakes and then make the peice perfect. I also like the contrast in colors.

-- Jeremy, Saratoga, NY

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#7 posted 02-12-2008 11:10 PM

The great thing about creating something from scratch is that it is only a mistake if you say it is.

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

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Scott Bryan

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#8 posted 02-12-2008 11:43 PM

Nice looking box. There are no mistakes in woodworking only additional opportunities to add unique details. Something like this has been on my mind all day. I am experiencing withdrawal and need to build something. This really gives me an incentive to go out into the shop. I have some maple and cherry just begging for attention.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#9 posted 02-13-2008 12:00 AM

i think it looks great as well ! most of my projects have multiple ” design features ” lol

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#10 posted 02-13-2008 01:52 AM

Well, everyone said it already, but it bears saying again: there is no such thing as a mistake, there are only opportunities for flexing our creative muscles.

-- "No Board Left Behind"

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#11 posted 02-13-2008 02:04 AM

welcome to lumberjocks … cool posting

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

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#12 posted 02-13-2008 02:13 AM

Great job, boxes are great projects. Also, had you not mentioned the lid, we all would have thought it to be a deisgn feature.

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#13 posted 02-13-2008 05:57 AM

I think it looks great. I’m also finding out that the simple little box is not that simple.

-- Billp

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#14 posted 02-13-2008 06:53 AM

Very nice box. Wish my mistakes turned out that good.

-- Phillip -- Molino,Florida "I didn't cut it too short, I'm just making changes!"

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#15 posted 02-13-2008 07:59 AM

thanks for all the kind words- i’m glad i found this place :)


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