Cedar box joint bowl/box

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Project by Thinman posted 10-16-2011 08:18 PM 3146 views 18 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Even I’m not sure what this is….. Is it a bowl or a box?
Whatever you call it it is made of some nice straight grain cedar given to me by my brother. It was shaped almost entirely with chisels and rasps then sanded for daaaaaays. It’s finished with four coats of Shellac and topped with wax.

Thanks for looking and let me know what you would call it , box , bowl, or something else.

-- Jeff

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Paul Stoops

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#1 posted 10-16-2011 08:45 PM

Wow! Nicely done! Mouthwatering construction and contents! Great job!!

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#2 posted 10-16-2011 08:52 PM

Very nice, love the joints. It is a simple but very elegant “Rectangular Bowl” :-)

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#3 posted 10-16-2011 09:20 PM

This is REALLY unique – nicely done. The box joints are unbelieveable. Based on how you shaped the inside – I’m going with bowl…...


-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Blake Thornton

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#4 posted 10-16-2011 09:29 PM

Haven’t seen anything quite like that before, very good stuff. I’d also call it a rectangular bowl.

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#5 posted 10-16-2011 09:35 PM

How about a tray-bowl
Great looking design and jointing !
Please tell me the apples are real


-- Kiefer 松

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#6 posted 10-16-2011 10:15 PM

The apples made me hungry, While I go eat, how about telling us how you got the box joints on the angle? That would be a great tutorial blog for us dummies. Oh I vote bowl.

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#7 posted 10-16-2011 11:11 PM

Love the joints, and very nice finish.
And it’s a bowl! A box has a lid. Well, in my opinion at least ;)

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#8 posted 10-17-2011 02:13 AM

Nice and sturdy design Jeff.

You make me wonder on that joints. Great

-- Back home. Fernando

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#9 posted 10-17-2011 06:37 AM

Great shape on the box
Nicely made

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#10 posted 10-17-2011 08:13 AM

My vote for item description is deep serving tray.
Love the finger or box joints.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#11 posted 10-17-2011 05:51 PM

Wow, thats really interesting. Very cool. I’ve never seen box joints that “wrap” around like that.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#12 posted 10-17-2011 06:17 PM

Very Nice. My guess is that the sides were very thick and square when it was glued up. Then the inside and outside were cut, carved, and sanded to produce the sloping sides. Am I correct?

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#13 posted 10-17-2011 06:24 PM

Thank you for all the kind comments on my “Rectangular Bowl”.
Kiefer, the apples are real….and tasty.
Fernando, Ampeater is correct. The joint is just a regular box joint. The project starts out with 12/4 stock formed into a normal square box. I cut the outside angles on the table saw and the inside angle with hand saws chisels and rasps. If i’ve done a good job it should look like 3/4 inch boards that are somehow bent on the end.

-- Jeff

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#14 posted 10-17-2011 08:06 PM

Thank you for the explanation Jeff.
Great job

-- Back home. Fernando

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Randolph Torres

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#15 posted 12-02-2011 09:57 PM

Its great and what ever you want to call it, or you can change it name as per its use .?Will you give me permission to replicate it.

-- another tip from cooperedpatterns

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