Button Box

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Project by NBeener posted 916 days ago 3220 views 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My (crafter) wife needed a box in which to store buttons.

Ah. I can DO that, thought I !

So … here we be.

Book matched Walnut base and lid. Lid is rabbeted to fit snugly on the box. Red Oak sides and ends.

Yeah. While I was loading the pictures … was the first time (weak-eyed me) that I could see the remnants of glue squeeze out, in a couple of places. Eek !

I need better light, for my assembly table, AND to begin using painter’s tape on my glue joints. The flash of the camera REALLY reveals it. It’s barely visible in normal room lighting, but … tisk-tisk !

Finish: Watco Natural Danish oil for the Oak; Watco Dark Walnut Oil for the Walnut. Wet sanded to 2400 grit, then covered with home-brew beeswax/mineral oil mixture.

Joinery: simple mitered corners, but … to make up for the glue issues … I nailed those miters ;-)

Thanks for stopping by !

-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 916 days ago

There’s fuzz from the last (NOT lint-free) polishing rag, too :-)

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 916 days ago

good Idea cool box Neil nice woods . it turned out great.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 916 days ago

Nice box, Neil. I’m sure your wife will love it.
That box has “character”

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#4 posted 916 days ago

wow, you sure do have a nice little stash of wood mr brooks…, dj will really enjoy this , there is nothing like a home made box, great job…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 916 days ago

Looks very nice Neil. Once she puts buttons in there the squeeze out won’t even be noticeable. My wife REALLY needs a button box, she has too many.

The painters tape trick is a good one that I somehow always forget to do. Thanks for the reminder.

-- - Eric Indianapolis, IN

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#6 posted 916 days ago

It is cute as a button. Don’t forget, you can also test for glue by applying Mineral Spirits before you finish. I think she’ll love it.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#7 posted 916 days ago

It’s still better then what I knock out Neil !
That matched grain is awesome.
That Watco oil makes it shimmer beautifully.
Bet your wife loves it !

-- Having fun...Eric

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#8 posted 916 days ago

Nice looking button box, Neil.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#9 posted 916 days ago

I think it looks great and she’s sure to enjoy it for years to come.

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#10 posted 916 days ago

What a sweet young man you are. All gifty and such.

The box looks nice. What I would have done, since you are using oil, is to wipe down all the sides of the panels first with oil (or I use sanding sealer). Then you can slop glue all over place ‘cause it won’t stick. I have never had much luck with painter’s tape and gluing. I always end up pinching some of it in the joint. That looks worse than squeeze out. Each to their own.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Jim Bertelson

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#11 posted 916 days ago

I like it, simple and sweet. Bookmatching the bottom even, gadzooks. By the way, I decided masking tape doesn’t work for glue as well, this last week. So I am finishing some prior to glueing, if I am not going to do any final sanding. I have a fairly simple thing to finish that I just couldn’t get to this week…....but I will get to it tomorrow…........

Missed lunch, into the Chard…....done for the week…..YES!!....Sherie worked this afternoon, and I just got home (1800hrs) so she is bringing home burgers and fries, from a local place, that does ‘em right.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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David Craig

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#12 posted 916 days ago

Well now you know where to go when you want to push ALL your wife’s buttons … :)

One of the fascinating characteristics of the typical LJ here is that we learn to disguise our flaws from others and then come on here and highlight them, take closeup photos, anything we can do to point out every error in the process. Sometimes, I think instead of a projects page, we should have flaw pages. One for barely noticeable, one for newbie nerves, and another for just plain serious F…ups.

Admirable work Neil. No flaw to even catch the eye unless someone … ahem …points them out.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#13 posted 916 days ago

Very nice looking box. I really like the contrast of the Red Oak and the Walnut. My Mom always used a cigar box for her buttons. She would have loved a box like yours.

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

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#14 posted 916 days ago

Thanks, as always, everybody, and … to SPalm: for the idea about oiling the wood first ! I was also pretty sure that I would pinch tape into the joint, so … good call !

David: count me in for the Bloopers page :-) And … you’re right about our photography, and our need for confession and absolution, among our LumberJock colleagues. I sort of went with “if I point out the goofs, first, I won’t have to bear the ignominy of somebody pointing them out to me” LOL !

Net time, I put the project in better ambient lighting, and … forget the flash. Part of being a woodworker is making fewer mistakes. Part is covering them up better. Part … is being smart about how you photograph ;-)

JimB: Burgers, fries, and a Chardonnay Living well … really IS the best revenge, isn’t it :-)

-- -- Neil

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Jim Bertelson

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#15 posted 916 days ago

Enjoyed every morsel, and every sip, and went to bed early. Feel better this morning.


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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