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First box, and first build (that I actually had to build)

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Project by Neight posted 11-23-2011 04:48 AM 1013 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, here is my first box. It’s no where near perfect, but it was a learning process for me.
I honestly don’t know what kinds of wood it is made out of, I got the pieces from an old box of scrap that my dad had, and none of it is labeled. I am a long way off from being able to identify wood by sight, so if anyone can tell me what they are, I would really appreciate it!
this has a medium walnut danish oil on it, I may put a nicer finish on it later, but for now I need to move on to other projects.
I made a mistake during glue up, so one corner on the top is a bit too high, and the lid doesn’t set flush (pic6), but it’s good enough for me right now. I learned quite a bit putting this together, and found some things to look out for in other projects. I was originally making it to sell, but since I made it crooked, I just decided to keep it, and after that, I just tried to finish it so I could move on to something I can sell :)
thanks for checking it out
N8

there is a short video I posted to youtube, mostly for family and friends to look at, but if you are interested, here is the link -
http://www.youtube.com/user/picturen8?feature=mhee

-- Work consists of whatever a body is OBLIGED to do, and Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do. -Mark Twain





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Brett

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#1 posted 11-23-2011 06:28 AM

You built a nice box, N8! I can’t be positive but it looks like the bottom and the top are lacewood. I can’t make out the sides and handle. You could plane the top of the sides down to make the lid sit flush. It would be a good exercise to learn so you don’t have to build a whole new box every time you make a mistake. Fixing my mistakes teaches me more than just building a “perfect” project, which is EVERY project for me. ;)

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16 http://www.TheCrookedNail.blogspot.com

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Neight

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#2 posted 11-23-2011 06:49 AM

Thanks Brett!
Actually, I had thought about using a plane to fix the box, but I don’t have a hand plane…
I tried to run it through a surface planer, but that didn’t work at all. It bit a big chunk out of the bottom of the box, and I had to change my plan for the bottom. to hide that mistake, I used a solid piece for the bottom, and used a router to cut a channel for the box to sit in. then when I glued it up, I used a bubble level to even it out, and left dry. It covered my error pretty well, but that one corner was just under 1/8” off and gives the lid a bit of a wobble.
Thanks for the suggestion though! I am hoping to pick up some hand tools after the holidays, just for these kind of problems :)
lesson learned!

-- Work consists of whatever a body is OBLIGED to do, and Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do. -Mark Twain

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WoodSpanker

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#3 posted 11-23-2011 03:41 PM

It’s actually not half bad for a first box, and the important thing is you learned a lot from it. I try to learn something on every project, regardless of if it for me, or a present, or a paying customer. A hand plane would clean that top right up, for sure. Lie Neilsen is top of the line stuff and will last for generations. It is kinda spendy, though, and I earn my bread and butter with my tools, so if your just starting out, something lower end would be better. As for the wood, it’s kinda hard to tell, though Brett is right and the bottom bears a striking resemblance to lacewood. But I can’t be sure. Whatever it all is, its highly figured and beautiful… perhaps a bit chaotic. All in all, nice job! :)

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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Neight

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#4 posted 11-23-2011 09:09 PM

Thanks WoodSpanker! I like to say if you don’t learn something everyday, you are probably doing something wrong :P
I learned quite a bit just building this simple thing, and one of those things is triple check your glue-up before letting it set…
I am hoping to get a bit of cash during the holidays, and will definitely be looking into some hand tools. I have a decent set of borrowed power tools at the moment, but they are all old, and have been a bit of a challenge to work with so far. all of them have been unused for years, and seem to need a bit of maintenance. I am working on them, but learning how to use them is all part of the process.
things didn’t work out how I wanted last night, and I ended up having some time to put a little finish on this one.

Also, since I am keeping it, I just glued a small piece of leather to the corner that sits high, so it doesn’t wobble anymore

it’s not pretty, but it will work. just have to make sure that corner is alway in the back :P
Thanks for the advice, and for checking out my work!
N8

-- Work consists of whatever a body is OBLIGED to do, and Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do. -Mark Twain

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WoodSpanker

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#5 posted 11-24-2011 03:38 AM

Really looks good with that finish on…. really brings the whole thing together and makes it pop! Nice job. Oh, and welcome to LJs. It will no doubt be a valuable addition to your woodworking experience.

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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medsker

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#6 posted 11-25-2011 04:55 AM

Nice job on your first box. I also did a first box a couple weeks ago. I’m like you I just try to learn as I go and challenge myself to new methods. Great job!

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Neight

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#7 posted 11-25-2011 05:07 AM

Thanks WoodSpanker! And LJ’s is already been incredibly valuable resource! There is so much to learn here it is nearly overwhelming. I am just trying to make myself focus on one project at a time right now :)

@ medsker I actually looked quite a bit at the box you made, it was very beautiful, and I meant to come back and comment, but was busy and it slipped my mind. I really like the spline jig you made, and the details on the lid, very well done.
My next box I am going to try different joints. I had a bit of trouble making square 45 degree angles with the mitre saw I have, and that was what got me into trouble in the first place on this box. For the next one I am thinking of trying rabbit joints, as that is still simple enough to figure out, and wont take me long to try :)
I am also thinking about making a small table or nightstand next, going to sketchup right now to try and come up with a design

-- Work consists of whatever a body is OBLIGED to do, and Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do. -Mark Twain

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patron

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#8 posted 11-25-2011 05:52 AM

as brett said
it looks like lacewood
(but degoose says that is called hairy oak
in australia

with the stain on it
i first thought some figured oak
for the top and bottom
and maybe walnut for the sides

it is a great first
and learning is what we do best
especially from new challenges

welcome to LJ’s
and happy tools

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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itsmic

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#9 posted 11-25-2011 09:09 PM

Nice Box, the first is always a good one, Yours is very nice too boot, The wood is spectacular and You have really done it justice with a stylish box, the mistake, as stated can be corrected, great to have You here on the site, look forward to more of Your work, thanks for shaing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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Neight

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#10 posted 11-26-2011 11:48 AM

Thanks patron and itsmic for the very kind comments!
I am already planning the next one out, and looking forward to the challenge. I hope to have something done by next weekend, if not sooner.
sill thinking about a small table, and might even try something with a drawer! I have been playing around on sketchup, and I am excited to get the next project started!
thanks again
N8

-- Work consists of whatever a body is OBLIGED to do, and Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do. -Mark Twain

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