First Box

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Project by DamnYankee posted 11-26-2011 05:33 AM 1422 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this is my first attempt at a box. It is made of walnut and maple. The corners are mitered and reinforced with miter splines in contrasting wood (maple). The walnut frame on the top is really an “on-lay” and not an in-lay.

The box is finished with BLO and a couple of coats of wax.

The inside tray is all maple. I resawed some maple into 1/8” thick panels to make the bottom of the tray.

The tray and the bottom of the main box are lined in red felt.

Overall dimensions are about 10” x 11” x 5” (roughly – I guess I should actually measure it)

While there are a few very minor flaws, I am very pleased with how it turned out. I could have fixed the few flaws but they are so minor I was concerned I’d do more harm than good trying to fix them.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#1 posted 11-26-2011 05:37 AM

Nice box and many more to come I hope .


-- Kiefer

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#2 posted 11-26-2011 05:42 AM

Looks good. The lighter colored maple splines turned out well. I usually use darker tones for splines, but I like those, and will have to try some lighter colored ones now.

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#3 posted 11-26-2011 05:04 PM

Great box for your first. I like how you did the inside of the inside with the tray holder using the maple. It looks like they are just little strips that are rounded over. Thanks for sharing nice box once again.

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

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#4 posted 11-26-2011 05:18 PM

I think its great box for the first, its a very good build..

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#5 posted 11-26-2011 07:52 PM

Nice job, especially for a first time. Very good details. I like the on-lay!. Remember, little flaws show that it is made by a human, not a factory machine.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#6 posted 11-26-2011 11:43 PM

A very fine box

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#7 posted 11-26-2011 11:48 PM

Fantastic first, you always remember your first. Beautiful box.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 11-27-2011 02:03 AM

Great first box, keep them coming

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 11-27-2011 05:06 PM

Beautiful Box, that’s really a nice first, Your woodworking skill is very apparent in this piece, great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#10 posted 11-27-2011 07:19 PM

Thanks for all the comments. My wife says I need to take better pictures so I guess I will and post them later. Again thanks for the support. I think I may have caught the box making sniffles (not quite the full-on box making bug).

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#11 posted 12-17-2011 04:04 PM

I forgot to mention- the walnut is scrap flooring my Grandfather picked up in WI and sent to me in NC

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#12 posted 08-10-2012 02:07 AM

Very nice box!!

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