First Veneered Box...learning as I go

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Project by GoPhillies posted 01-09-2012 03:23 AM 1641 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well the inspiration for this box (and the great nickle hinges) comes from fellow lumberjock Ian Hawthorne. I really admire his boxes and wanted to take a shot at veneering so away I went. The top is veneered MDF. I started by glueing in the burl veneer and then surrounded it with the lighter veneer (sorry but I forget the woods used). Where they meet, I routed a border and inlayed some wenge and then framed the whole top in wenge as well. The box itself is QS cherry with a bottom of QS sycamore. The finish is shellac and wax.

The hinges are absolutely outstanding and I am not just saying that because Ian is a member here. The quality is top notch and they are very, very easy to install on a router table. By easy, I mean minutes from set-up to finish screws.

Learned a lot with this one. Not sure it shows on the top but I almost sanded through the lighter veneer. The veneer glue up was interesting as well. Next project is going to be a small scale veneer press. I was going to put a lock in this box but as you may have seen already in picture 5, I started to cut the top off in the wrong place and had to fill the void. Just not paying attention. Overall, I am happy with my first attempt. Having not done this before, I had no idea highly figured veneer was so cheap and goes a long way on small projects like boxes. I see many boxes in my future and a large hinge order coming Ian’s way. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 01-09-2012 03:37 AM

Wow that’s a 100% cool ,great looking box.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-09-2012 03:45 AM

Sweet. I love it.
Veneering is a lot of fun, and as you said, a lot cheaper.
Those hinges look great.

Thanks for the inspiration,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 01-09-2012 04:37 AM

That’s a great looking first box, wish my first attempt had looked that nice.

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#4 posted 01-09-2012 06:51 AM

For your first veneering attempt, that is a nice looking box. I just recently made a small veneer press and it works well. I look forward to seeing more boxes from you.


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#5 posted 01-09-2012 07:06 AM

Welcome to the wonderful world of veneer.
You are going to love it.
Very nice work for a first one.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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Ian Hawthorne

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#6 posted 01-09-2012 08:50 AM

Love it!! Great contrast and great first attempt at veneering.

Also thanks for the plug on the hinges, takes the stress away from hinge fitting.

Look forward to seeing more projects from your good self.



-- Worlds Best Box Hardware!

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#7 posted 01-09-2012 09:05 AM

That’s awesome!

Now you just need to turn that puppy into a humidor :D

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#8 posted 01-09-2012 01:12 PM

Lovely box. You’re certainly off to a great start. My compliments. One could do a lot worse than emulate Ian’s work.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#9 posted 01-09-2012 03:29 PM

Great looking box, beautiful work…how about a step by step on the hinge install??

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#10 posted 01-09-2012 08:10 PM

Beautiful work! Well done!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#11 posted 01-10-2012 07:31 AM

Very nicely done, and welcome to the endless possibility of veneer. I’d be interested in a blog on the install as well. Ian have you done one?

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#12 posted 01-10-2012 08:51 AM

Sorry guys I haven’t done one yet!! I will bet fitting some hinges this week and will compile a short slideshow of the fitting, keep an eye on my blog.



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#13 posted 01-10-2012 04:33 PM

I only have the one set of hinges but I can pull them off and walk through the set-up as well. Give me a day or two.

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#14 posted 01-10-2012 11:20 PM

I just posted a blog on the hinge install, LumberJocks hop it helps

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