Halloween candy container

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Project by hairy posted 10-22-2011 05:20 AM 1763 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had fun with this challenge. It’s a bandsaw box. I started with a big piece of catalpa firewood.

I got 2 sides fairly flat and square with handplanes.

Now I could bandsaw it down to size to go through my jointer and planer. I resawed a top, middle and bottom sections.

At this point I realized it was too thick to match the rest of the dimensions. I decided to not use the bottom piece. I made the bottom and the front of the box as one piece, from the piece I cut out to make the inside of the box. A design change that isn’t damage control, a first time for me.

This piece of catalpa has a few cracks in it. I flooded the cracks with CA glue. It should work.

The glue up was not too bad, I saved the cutoffs, they did the trick.

I used a spokeshave to round over the top. That’s my favorite tool now.

The cross is half lapped.

I rubbed on some General Java gel stain to give it a nicer look.

It holds a good supply of candy. I’ll use it on Halloween when I’m giving candy to the kids.

Catalpa. 4 and 1/2” thick x 7” wide x 13 and 1/2” long.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#1 posted 10-22-2011 05:39 AM

Very nice box. The dark stain really made the grain pop.

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

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#2 posted 10-22-2011 06:23 AM

Great idea and nice execution. Well done!

-- Dave -

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#3 posted 10-22-2011 12:21 PM

Nice one, hairy. Skate on.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 10-22-2011 02:59 PM

Great idea and nice execution. I also enjoyed seeing your shop in these photos. I see you are from Ohio – I grew up there near Toledo.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#5 posted 10-22-2011 04:51 PM

Do the hinges creek when it opens? Very cool.

-- Go Blue!

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#6 posted 10-22-2011 05:29 PM

looks gr8 to me… i’ll take a dark chocolate Kit-Kat…......... yum yum

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#7 posted 10-22-2011 07:19 PM

That lid couldn’t be any nicer , Hairy !
Overall great design and color choice and the perfect project for this time of the year : )

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

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#8 posted 10-23-2011 03:26 AM

Love your posts hairy, all just a bit different & interesting, well done this one :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#9 posted 11-01-2011 08:55 PM


Thank you for your great How & Tell coffin project!

Very COOL!

Congratulations on your 3rd Place win!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#10 posted 11-01-2011 09:37 PM

Congrats & Great job!

-- Robert: Life is all about the stories ~

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#11 posted 11-01-2011 11:29 PM

Congratulations. A great box.

-- 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 †

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