My first box (Actually my first project ever)

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Project by AEdad posted 10-23-2011 06:24 AM 2088 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, my wifes says, “Let’s make our anniversay presents this year.” Well, 15 hours and $150 dollars in new tools later I have completed my very first woodworking project. At the same time I have found a new love, woodworking, and if my wife complains about my time in the shop I can say it’s her fault for having me make her present.

This box is made out of red oak and the inlay around the edge is poplar. The flower is a polymer clay inlay. I had to cheat a little on the flower. I must have watched that inlay video by the wood whisperer 10 times and I thought, that can’t be that hard I can do that. WRONG! All in all I’m quite proud of my first project and I look forward to many more.

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#1 posted 10-23-2011 06:32 AM

wow – very ambitious for a first project!! boxes are tough. Especially to get all the Miter joints right, and the hinge to work correctly and straight, and not to mention the inlay! I dont consider myself a great woodworker (yet), but I’ve been at it for a while and i STILL have not tried an inlay! Way to go! Welcome to LJ’s. You’ll learn A LOT here.

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#2 posted 10-23-2011 06:33 AM

Nice work and welcome to lumberjocks, if this is your beginning I am sure we will be witnessing some very impressive work in the future.

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#3 posted 10-23-2011 06:56 AM

Congrats on a your first project and a great looking box. I’ve just been watching that same video on Wood Whisperer and I bought a large packet of various veneers a few days ago, as I’m also wanting to learn how to do inlay work. Keep the projects coming.. we look forward to seeing more.


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#4 posted 10-23-2011 07:15 AM

So this is your first project, ehh? And you did it with only $150 in tools, ehh? That’s the story you wanta stick with? If all this is true (and of this I have no doubt. I’m simply amazed), then in 6 months you are going to be featured on Rough Cuts. Better get your muscle shirts ready. Just don’t wear the same color as Tommy.

Seriously folks, beautiful box, great work, and an awesome accomplishment whether first or seventieth project.
Welcome to Lumberjocks. We’re proud to have you. We could learn from you.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#5 posted 10-23-2011 09:59 AM

I am amazed that this is your first project. well done! Your wife should have no complants about you being in the shed just a long”to do list” for you.
have fun and welcome.

-- Leanne, Australia,

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

Very nice! I bet she’ll love it. I’m intrigued by the polymer clay inlay. Where did you learn the technique? Did Marc do it in his video?

-- Follow my woodworking adventures in The Second Wind Workshop,

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#7 posted 10-23-2011 12:59 PM

Beautiful 1st project….had to laugh at the 150.00 quip. I basically did the same thing!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#8 posted 10-23-2011 03:23 PM

Thanks for the positive comments. As far as the $150 in tools, this was for new tools that I “had to have” for this project. I did have the basic tools from around the house projects.

I learned about the polymer clay on a scrollsaw video I found on-line somewhere. It’s kind of neat. Just route out your design, smoosh the clay in there, bake it in the oven and sand it flat.

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#9 posted 10-23-2011 03:41 PM

Wow..first project and it looks like that ? You should be proud of yourself. Came out fantastic. Keep up the good work,

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#10 posted 10-23-2011 06:19 PM

Very nice box I am sure your wife will love it.

I am curious about your present from her though what did your wife make you?

Also did she have to spend money on tools for her project as well?

-- Think it, See it, Design it. Build it, Enjoy it!

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#11 posted 10-23-2011 06:53 PM

AEdad ~ WELCOME to LJ’s
~ Beautiful first project ! I think most of us will agree with me here, this woodworking thingy GROWS on you. Have fun and work safe & if you run into a problem, post it here on LJ’s and someone will be glad to help you out.
God Bless and I look forward to seeing more projects from you.

-- ~~ Remember You can't saw... What you can't see ~~

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#12 posted 10-23-2011 07:37 PM

if you need some wood, let me know. nice job!


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#13 posted 10-24-2011 03:33 AM

Wow! Can’t believe THAT is your first woodworking project. You are really “off to the races”, and going to get eyeball deep into woodworking, I bet. Great Job….Keep right on going. You have real talent.

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#14 posted 10-24-2011 04:37 AM

Welcome and what an achievement. Well done.
Now you have to make a jewelry box to match !! :-)

-- Theresa,

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#15 posted 10-24-2011 07:18 AM

A very nice box indeed! I must warn you though, if your wife is like mine, your in for a long “honey do list” ahead. Brace your self. Great job on your first project & welcome to LJ. You will definitely learn a lot here.

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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