Cherry Walnut Maple Leaf Box

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Project by Woodbridge posted 12-20-2011 07:13 PM 2552 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thank to the many LJs who turned me on to the world of box building. Since joining LJs several months ago I have seen so many wonderful and creative boxes and I had to give it a try myself. Its a great way to use up smaller pieces of wood that might be destined to the scrap pile or fireplace and turn them into very nices pieces. This is the first of three boxes I made as Christmas presents. This one is for my younger brother. The box will hold two bottles of wine and is about 13.5 inches long x 8 inches wide x 5.4 inches high. This box is made from a left over piece of cherry re-sawn to about 3/8 thick. The glued up top is from 3/4 inch strips of cherry with a walnut banding. The wooden hinges are made from scraps of maple. The bottom is a pine board planed to about 3/8. I also made a box joint jig for my table saw based on the many LJs posts which I used to make the box joints. As well I have always wanted try my hand at an inlay so to dress this box up a bit I have inlayed a maple leaf into the top made from three pieces of walnut scraps glued togther. I used a router inlay bit set to do this work. It is finished with walnut oil and beeswax. I will post my other two boxes over the next few days.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#1 posted 12-20-2011 07:29 PM

wonderful work! The wooden hinges are legit! Merry Christmas!

-- "The beatings will continue until moral improves" -- Bart Ridings, Illinois

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#2 posted 12-20-2011 09:57 PM

Looks great! Love the inlay.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 12-21-2011 06:24 AM

A lovely box.. well done. I love wooden boxes.


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#4 posted 12-21-2011 06:57 AM

Looks great, glad you got into boxmaking. You are doing well with it.

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#5 posted 12-21-2011 07:26 AM

I’d have to say I am addicted to boxmaking and lathe turning. Nothing more satisfying then completing a good box…especially one so special. Great inlay…and love the wood hinges…a very nice present indeed.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#6 posted 12-21-2011 08:37 AM

Fantastic work! LOVE the stylized maple leaf inlay. It’s BEAUTIFUL.

I notice from your profile / home page that you are nearing retirement (end of Dec 2011). Congratulations! I wish you many, many hours, days and years of enjoyment in the shop and with family and friends. (I’m envious).

Thanks for sharing.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#7 posted 12-21-2011 03:58 PM

Reggiek Makingboxes was great fun and enjoyment. I set up my lathe yesterday and am trying myhand at some turning. So far I have made lots of shavings and saw dust and two very artictic pieces of firewood. I need alot more practice with the lathe.

Mayflower thanks for the comments. I am into my 4th day of retirement and so far so good!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 12-21-2011 08:59 PM

thats a beauty!

-- M.K.

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