Another box (control your excitement)

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Project by JWF posted 09-08-2011 08:57 AM 2241 views 14 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this for a birthday present for my sister-in-law. To give credit where credit is due, the inspiration comes from

Materials are mahogany and walnut. Construction was pretty straightforward. I hogged most of the waste out with a forstner bit then cleaned up the inside on the router table (can you call a chunk of 3/4” MDF on a Workmate a table?). Since there was very little glue area between the body and the end pieces I added two 1/8” dowel pins on either end to help strengthen the joints. The lid pivots on 6d nail shanks. I cut the heads off the nails and used cyanoacrylate glue to glue them into the lid. One benefit of this el cheapo method was that I was able to use the nail points to mark the location to drill the pivot holes in the end pieces. Finish is multiple coats of garnet shellac rubbed out with 0000 steel wool.

Valuable lesson learned on this project: think about finishing before you glue the project up. I had to fight with the shellac pooling on the sharp corners and sanding one area without damaging another was a pain in the you know where.

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#1 posted 09-08-2011 09:42 AM

I’m always excited to see another box – especially one as nice as this. Very impressive.

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

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#2 posted 09-08-2011 10:42 AM

great wood combination,clean lines, a very nice box.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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Gene Howe

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#3 posted 09-08-2011 02:17 PM

Nice work. I’m sure she loves it.

-- 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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#4 posted 09-08-2011 02:26 PM

Visually the woods work very well together and the finish looks good in the pictures.
Nice work This is a great little box.

-- Anthony

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#5 posted 09-08-2011 03:13 PM

I like it a lot. More than one way to make a box


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#6 posted 09-08-2011 03:20 PM

Nice box! I like the coice of wood and the chunky end blocks.
Is the back side of the lid rounded at all to allow it to clear when lifting?

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#7 posted 09-08-2011 03:29 PM

This is an interesting way to make a box and even if it was not your original idea it looks like it was quite successful for you. It looks very nice and congratulations.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 09-08-2011 04:51 PM

Sharp looking box, clean lines and nice wood combo, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#9 posted 09-08-2011 05:24 PM

Nice looking box. From the pictures it appears that the lid is very thin. Routing to that level of thinness is impressive in and of itself.


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#10 posted 09-08-2011 08:23 PM

Great looking box! Good choice of wood, too.

-- David

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