Box #2 Maple & Walnut - Need Second Opinions

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Project by John posted 10-23-2011 04:13 AM 1824 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my second box. I’m trying to decide whether it needs some sort of knob. I’ve put a picture on here of one I turned today messing around. Does it need a knob at all? This one looks a little big to me, but I think I like it best without a knob at all. Let me know what you think.

Uploaded a couple pics with a stainless knob.

Someone asked how I cut the coves, so here’s how I did this project.

I actually first cut the dovetails and assembled the box. I did all of the shaping with the box assembled. To do the coves, I used a router bit that my dad bought for doing ogee style feet. I think it is a Charles Neil custom bit by Whiteside, but I’m not sure. Then I used a cove bit for the top of the box and a roundover bit on the bottom. I thought it would reduce the risk of tearout by doing the shaping after assembly and it seems to have worked well. I didn’t have any tearout at all. Also, the key is to make multiple passes only removing a small amount of material with each pass. The same router bits were used to shape the box top.

I’ve never tried to do any coving on a table saw. IT SCARES ME! There is something inherently unatural to me about pushing a piece of wood into a table saw blade at an angle. Although I know several people who raise all of there panels on a table saw. I would think there would also be alot of sanding involved to remove saw marks.

-- John, Rocky Mount, VA

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#1 posted 10-23-2011 04:19 AM

I like it with the knob, the whole thing reminds me of chess, its really pretty.

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#2 posted 10-23-2011 04:24 AM

A knob would be nice, but I agree the scale is too large on pictured one. Good luck, and oh yeah, nice looking box.

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#3 posted 10-23-2011 04:29 AM

Great looking box! I’ve been planning something similar with a current project, and am wondering how to cove the sides with dovetails. Did you cut the dovetails and then cove the individual side pieces on the tablesaw?

I do think a knob would be nice, but agree with Shane on the pictured one being too large.

EDIT: Ooo, I like the metal knob…

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#4 posted 10-23-2011 04:29 AM

Second box? I don’t like you :-)) Of course, I am only kidding. You have a real talent there. I like both the design elements, the joining and finish on you box. I vote to leave the knob off, I think that it would be distracting, the box speaks for itself. Well done John – and Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 10-23-2011 04:44 AM

Well John, if your looking for opinions you have asked the right group of people. We Lumberjocks are full of them, mostly positive. I personally like the box without the knob. The lid has a nice relief to put your fingers under to lift the lid. When someone sees something that looks as nice as this, they naturally want to touch it, so let them pull the lid without the knob. But, this is only MY opinion. Nice job. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#6 posted 10-23-2011 05:11 AM

I’m going to have to go with the like it without the knob crowd. Gorgeous work!

-- Mike, Western New York

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#7 posted 10-23-2011 05:42 AM

Very nice box, I like the design, I’m a no knob.

-- Tom D

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#8 posted 10-23-2011 07:00 AM

I also like it without the knob. Very nice box.


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#9 posted 10-23-2011 01:10 PM

Great design … especially with the knob.

-- John

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#10 posted 10-23-2011 01:42 PM

Nice box, I like it without the knob.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#11 posted 10-23-2011 01:58 PM

Beautiful box. I would leave it alone with no knob.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#12 posted 10-23-2011 02:18 PM

Beautiful work !
You didn’t mention the size of the box.
If the lid is bigger than the span of a hand to pick it up you should put a knob on it.
A hinged lid definitely doesn’t need a knob.
Just a thought, great work…I like the turned knob a bit smaller though : )


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#13 posted 10-23-2011 03:25 PM

X the knob ….looks awesome without =)

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#14 posted 10-23-2011 04:05 PM

“86” the knob. Looks great! Great contrast of the different woods and shape.

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#15 posted 10-23-2011 05:09 PM

I like the box, it does not really need a knob, looks great he way it is. If a knob or handle is needed to help open it, perhaps consider an arched pull. Perhaps you could mirror the curve of the sides in the shape of the handle. Laminate together your two contrasting wood and align the handle along the joint of the two pieces that form the top.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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