Box of many colors...

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Project by cajunpen posted 01-11-2012 10:16 PM 1812 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started out as just a box, with no particular design in mind. I first cut the 4 sides and intended to use my box joint jig to creat box joints for joining the 4 sides. Changed my mind and decided to butt joint them and insert some contrasting dowels. I used the Bloodwood to conceal the end grain of the side pieces. The Bloodwood is 1/8” strips. The side panels were offset 1/8” so the strips would be flush with the front and rear panels.

Next decision – how to attach the lid. I was going to use brass pins, but then I saw a Bible Box on Lumberjocks that had hinges on the sides and thought that I’d like to try that. I couldn’t get the hinges working as smoothly as I would have liked them to be. I had a 1/2” maple dowel in the side for the hinges to swing on (the hinges are actually on the top of the box now) I had to drill it out and replace it with a walnut dowel. This explains why there are 5 1/4” dowels and 1 1/2” dowel. I finally decided to just have a lift off type lid, so I rabbited the edges so that lid would set down into the box.

My son comes over and sees the box. He asked if he could have it and naturally I say yes. Then he asks if I could put a divider in the middle so he could use it for storing 2 different styles of guitar pics (he buys them by the gross). Since the box is already assemled my only options was to rip a 3/8” deep slot in the center of a piece of 3/4” Maple and cut a piece of 1/8” Walnut for the divider – problem solved.

Woods used: Curly Maple, Bloodwood, Walnut and Mahogany. Finish is General Wipe On Oil.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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

Wow Bill that’s a killer box with way cool wood and suprer details.very nice.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 01-11-2012 10:21 PM

That maple sure is pretty, Bill. I’ve been wanting to try that dowel technique myself… maybe this will serve as my inspiration!

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

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#3 posted 01-11-2012 10:41 PM

Thanks Jim and Charlie. Charlie I know that you “mail order” a lot of your lumber and if you like the Maple I got it from
Bob Kloes Bob is a great source for small amounts of lumber and he has some Fantastic Tiger Maple.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 01-11-2012 10:55 PM

Now that’s a box! Looks quire heavy. Nice contrast and work.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#5 posted 01-11-2012 10:57 PM

Some beautiful wood that you have put together in a great way to show it off.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#6 posted 01-11-2012 11:35 PM

Very nice work. I love the way you did the handle. Thanks also for the web site tip on wood source. I can use that myself.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 01-11-2012 11:45 PM

Bill, that’s a nice design and I like it. The wood looks great.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 01-12-2012 12:39 AM

Neat box, looks great

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#9 posted 01-12-2012 01:34 AM

Bill: A great looking box. Nice build and rebuild, and rebuild.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 01-12-2012 03:50 AM

Nice job on this one. Ingenious how you hid the end grain. Try the Shipwright hinges sometime. They would really accent a box like this.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 01-12-2012 04:30 AM

Wow, what a great looking box, I love the contrasting woods, especially that beautiful maple.

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

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#12 posted 01-12-2012 06:06 AM

This is eye candy for a wanna be box maker. Very good build sr.

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

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#13 posted 01-12-2012 06:41 AM

gfadvm (that’s a mouthful) I was actually planning on trying the Shipwright Hinges on my next project.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#14 posted 01-13-2012 03:25 AM

Go for it! I’ll be looking forward to seeing the result.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 05-05-2012 02:19 PM

i love the different design with that box and the wood grain ‘pops’ amazingly

-- Dempsey, Ohio

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