Box of wonders...

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Project by Kyle posted 09-26-2011 07:50 PM 2405 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After making a box for my Dad, I had some spare time and for absolutely no reason, I got the urge to make another box. This one is not dedicated to anyone, a gift for anyone, and actually serves no purpose since I have no clue what to put in it. I decided to make it some kind of sliding lid box because I had no hinges to use.

I thought the wood for the frame of the box had some real nice quilt so when I was building it, I tried to make it with the best quilt on the outside. To no surprise, I realized I messed up half way through hand cutting the dovetails. Silly me, I had marked them so the best quilt would end up on the inside. It’s a good thing this wasn’t made for someone because otherwise I probably would’ve been a little perturbed. Overall though, it was fun to make and it ended up being a design I wasn’t so sure would work (the sliding lid).

I may retire my box making career and get back to making things that I need. I can’t stress enough how enjoyable it was to make this though. Thanks for viewing!

-- Kyle

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#1 posted 09-26-2011 07:52 PM

It’s a nice little box with some impressive figure. I recently made a little sliding box that’s quite similar, albeit smaller. I had a whole lot of fun making mine too.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#2 posted 09-26-2011 07:55 PM

Both the lid and sides have a very nice pattern to them. The design is nice too. I’m sure someone will find something to put in it. What kind of wood is it?

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

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#3 posted 09-26-2011 07:57 PM

Thank you both. Rance, it’s all quilted maple.

-- Kyle

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#4 posted 09-26-2011 08:05 PM

That grain is hypnotic. I love it.

Can always use another box. :-)

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#5 posted 09-26-2011 08:37 PM

Nice work. The best side may be on the inside, but it still looks good to me.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#6 posted 09-26-2011 08:52 PM

Very nice! I especially appreciate the detailed joinery.

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#7 posted 09-26-2011 10:00 PM

The dovetails are very impressive. What did you use to stain the box? The quilt pattern just shines right thru.

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

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#8 posted 09-26-2011 10:06 PM

beautiful box and grain patterns (and finish) bummers about the dovetails inside out though

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 09-26-2011 10:26 PM

Thanks, guys.

Amagineer,the dark stain is transfast water based dye at half strength, brown mahogany. I didn’t use a stain for the lid or the bottom. I put boiled linseed oil on the whole thing, wiped it off and then covered it with shellac and then finished it off with paste wax.

-- Kyle

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#10 posted 09-26-2011 10:34 PM

Nice box well built with some pretty wood. I make a similar style box for dominoes ,they make great gifts.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#11 posted 09-26-2011 10:38 PM

Very nice. I wish I could get my hands on some quilted maple!

-- Tony

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#12 posted 09-27-2011 01:28 AM

Amazing figure in that maple!

I have a few pieces I have looked at for years and cannot bring myself to cut into it. That type of figure is very hard to come by here.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#13 posted 09-27-2011 05:56 AM

The upside of having the nice quilting on the inside is that it will put a smile on your face every time you open the box. It’s simply that stunning.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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#14 posted 09-28-2011 05:40 AM

Thanks again guys…

Whitedog, Dominoes are a great idea! I’ll have to see if the fit will be good. Did you make your own dominoes to go with it?

Tbone, gotta love the quilt.

Jusfine, just don’t send it through your thickness planer and if you do… pray it comes out in one piece.

Brad, it sure does put a smile on my face.

This website is exploding with inspiration.

-- Kyle

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#15 posted 09-28-2011 11:26 AM

Wow that is some beautiful wood! Great project!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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