Finally finished Magazine Boxes

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Project by EarlS posted 02-19-2012 03:26 AM 2177 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several years ago I had some scrap 1/2” pieces of cherry and I saw an article in Woodsmith on making magazine boxes to store a years’ worth of magazines. Well, one thing led to another and we moved 5 times. They were carefully packed at the bottom of a storage box that never was unpacked until this spring.

I finished the box joints, cut the curves, assembled them and finished them with polyurethane. I have 6 cherry and one oak storage boxes. Now that they are finished they are all full of the magazines I accumulated over the past 7 years since I started the project. Guess I’ll have to make some more.

I also have two men’s jewlery boxes that were going to be Christmas presents way back when for my dad and brother. Maybe I can get them finished for Christmas this year. I wonder what else is out there?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#1 posted 02-19-2012 03:47 AM

Wow that’s a great magazine box.

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#2 posted 02-19-2012 04:37 AM

The joints look great and so does the cherry! Nice work.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#3 posted 02-19-2012 06:36 AM

Looks great, some projects take a little longer than other, I have started a few myself and didn’t get back to them until some time later.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#4 posted 02-19-2012 06:39 PM

Hey these are some great looking boxes. I was thinking about making some, just didn’t quite know how to go about designing them. This gives me some better ideas.

Are these your own design or were the plans from somewhere in particular?


-- MolokMot, Rocker, Woodworker, Geek

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#5 posted 02-20-2012 12:59 AM

Looks like it’s finely finished, too.


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#6 posted 02-20-2012 02:18 AM

Sounds like my projects, keep finding old ones since we moved 10 years ago. Nice looking mag boxes,beautiful work.

-- Dale, ...... Lake of the Ozarks, retired Old Woodworker

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#7 posted 02-20-2012 03:29 PM

You got beautiful grain from the cherry, what grade did you finish it to? I just love it when someone takes the time to bring out both the dark and light grains of cherry wood.. too many use a splotch coat on cherry which even out the colors and makes it look plastic, so if this is a splotching coat job, I will eat crow. I have to take it to 600 or more to get the light creams to pop like that … Thanks.. these are great!

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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

Thanks for all the compliments!

Molomot – the original design was in Woodsmith some time back but I’ll be darned if I can find it. The box joints are 3/4” and the curves were done using a french curve. The boxes are 9 3/4” long X4 1/2” wide. Short side of the curves is 8 1/4” and the tall end is 11 1/2”. Inside length is 9” X 3 3/4”. I used 3/8” thick cherry and sanded it to 320 grit, and finished it with 3 coats of polyurethane, wet sanding with 600 grit between coats. I lightly rubbed it with 0000 steel wool and buffed it out with a soft cloth. I don’t stain my cherry so the color will darken a bit over time.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#9 posted 02-20-2012 10:31 PM

Those must really look nice on the shelf!

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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