My Accidental Lapel Pin Box

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 02-10-2012 06:39 PM 3353 views 1 time favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have to call this box accidental, because I had absolutely no idea of its purpose until well after it was completed.

Just to challenge my skills, I decided to attempt making a small box from some 1/4” bloodwood I had on hand. (Don’t ask me what the lighter colored wood is.) I’m not used to working in such a small scale, so I kept the construction pretty simple. Surprisingly enough, it came together pretty well.

I stuck a half-rolled up sanding sponge in the bottom, because it sort of looked like a ring box, but I still didn’t really have a purpose for it. I brought the box to my office this morning, thinking it would find some use holding paper clips or whatever, but its true raison d’etre immediately revealed itself! We had recently been given lapel pins to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the university where I work, and the colors of the box matched perfectly with our school colors of maroon and gold on the pin. Funny how things work out sometimes.

Overall dimensions are approximately 3.5” x 2” x 2”, and the finish is satin wipe-on poly.

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

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#1 posted 02-10-2012 06:45 PM

Nice one. I have struggled over the “simple, beautiful box”. Complex boxes can be very impressive, but to make a simple, yet beautiful box, is very hard indeed. Minimalism often comes off as just less, not more. Yet simple an beautiful is certainly possible, just hard. Your lid and base repeat in light wood works nicely. You have a contender here. I really like it.

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

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#2 posted 02-10-2012 06:47 PM

and you expect us to believe this was not pre-planned? palllleaaaase…. ;)

the box looks wonderful. the bloodwood really works well for this one.

last but not least – nice lighting for the pictures, it really boosts the character of the box and make it stand out.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 02-10-2012 07:02 PM

Great looking box Charlie. You’ve done the Wolfpack proud. What size lumber did you use to line the interior of the box?

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

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#4 posted 02-10-2012 07:02 PM

Exactly what Roger said.
Simple, elegant, Beautiful.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#5 posted 02-10-2012 07:05 PM


Bill, the liner is 1/8” material, I think.

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

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#6 posted 02-10-2012 07:18 PM

Another nice project Charlie, you are doing very well.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#7 posted 02-10-2012 07:25 PM

Excellent piece of work. Small boxes are just as challenging as some of the larger ones. Well done!

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#8 posted 02-10-2012 07:46 PM

hey charlie, your right it worked out great, a very nice elegant box…as always though you do wonderful work…thanks…grizz

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

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#9 posted 02-10-2012 07:51 PM

very nice Charlie, the lighter wood could be either qrtr sawn sycamore or maple.

-- Smitty!!!

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#10 posted 02-10-2012 07:59 PM

I really like this one Charlie.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#11 posted 02-10-2012 08:03 PM

I believe our subconscious is always influencing us in one form or another, and you didn’t know you were making a box for that pin. The box came out wonderful. Bloodwood finishes so nice.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#12 posted 02-10-2012 08:31 PM

A very handsome box Charlie.
Love the bevels too. You have a knack for these.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 02-10-2012 08:31 PM

nowhere to hide little “slips” with a lovely clean piece like this Charlie, just a realy great display of workmanship.

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#14 posted 02-10-2012 08:33 PM

Very nice, Charlie. Clean lines, nice choice of woods! My guess on the lighter wood would be quartersawn sycamore.

-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#15 posted 02-10-2012 09:20 PM

Nice work, Charlie, you just proved that “Bigger is Better” isn’t ! ! !

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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