Brad's Box

  • Advertise with us
Project by Douglas Bordner posted 09-12-2011 04:21 AM 3621 views 4 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another box to commemorate a friendship, this one for a guy that was with me in a college band during our dorm days. Brad took his guitar and lived as a street musician and artist for a number of years in New Orleans, before ending up as an Attorney and Labor Judge in North Carolina (there was a stint as a finish carpenter/custom stair builder somewhere in the middle). So for a friendship that has spanned 40 years and for that long strange trip — This one’s for you, Judge Donovan. I’m including the thumb pick of yours I’ve had this whole time.

8.25˝x5.5˝x3.5˝. Top and short sides: Big Leaf Maple. Long sides: Cherry with walnut double-dovetail. Laminated lift: Bigleaf and Black Palm with Black Palm trim.
Walnut pencil trays (on hidden unfinished Spanish Cedar plinths) with maple/walnut banding.
These are glued in.
Removable Walnut tray.
Hinged with Veritas 5mm shelf pins.
Inside finished with dewaxed Garnet Shellac, outside Zinsser Sealcoat Shellac and Target coating waterborne lacquer.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

36 comments so far

View WayneC's profile


13754 posts in 4091 days

#1 posted 09-12-2011 04:25 AM

You have outdone yourself. This is wonderful…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

View Dan'um Style's profile

Dan'um Style

14172 posts in 3976 days

#2 posted 09-12-2011 04:30 AM

another beauty … your friend will be happy to have this around !

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

View Douglas Bordner's profile

Douglas Bordner

4024 posts in 4057 days

#3 posted 09-12-2011 04:41 AM

Squared up with that LV Low Angle Jack and shooting board; with block-planed chamfers everywhere (Granddad’s funky little #102 clone). Thanks Wayne (and Mot, David, Thos.) for leading me down that slippery slope.

Rumor has it that soon the Wells Fargo Wagon will be a-comin’ down the street…
with a load of Bigleaf maple from LJ Schroeder…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

View Dusty56's profile


11819 posts in 3681 days

#4 posted 09-12-2011 04:58 AM

Absolutely wonderful ,Douglas !! Your friend is a lucky man : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

View WayneC's profile


13754 posts in 4091 days

#5 posted 09-12-2011 04:59 AM

:) I miss those guys….

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

View DamnYankee's profile


3301 posts in 2555 days

#6 posted 09-12-2011 05:00 AM

Nice work.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

View tomd's profile


2155 posts in 3764 days

#7 posted 09-12-2011 05:06 AM

Double dovetails, very well done.

-- Tom D

View Karson's profile


35120 posts in 4394 days

#8 posted 09-12-2011 05:25 AM

I miss a lot of guys. Wonderful box Douglas.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

View DustyNewt's profile


671 posts in 3856 days

#9 posted 09-12-2011 05:44 AM

Exquisite job , Doug. Love the off-set lift. Great design element.

-- Peace in Wood ~

View jeth's profile


262 posts in 2831 days

#10 posted 09-12-2011 06:11 AM

Really very nice. Love the lid lift…

View shipwright's profile


7979 posts in 2791 days

#11 posted 09-12-2011 07:02 AM

Beautiful Douglas.
Very nice attention to detail.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

View lanwater's profile


3111 posts in 2927 days

#12 posted 09-12-2011 07:30 AM

This is a great box.

the double dovetails are neat.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

View Ian Hawthorne's profile

Ian Hawthorne

297 posts in 2642 days

#13 posted 09-12-2011 07:36 AM

Very nice Douglas – great workmanship and perfect contrast in woods.


-- Worlds Best Box Hardware!

View FlairWoodworks's profile


71 posts in 2533 days

#14 posted 09-12-2011 11:35 AM

That’s one way to fix gappy dovetails.

Just kidding, Douglas. Beautiful box, and the inlaid dovetails look very nice. It’s interesting how you offset the lift.

-- Chris Wong -- --

View RogerBean's profile


1605 posts in 2947 days

#15 posted 09-12-2011 11:55 AM

An attractive box. I particularly like the attention paid to the interior.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

showing 1 through 15 of 36 comments

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