Ema's First box

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Project by Woodenwizard posted 02-21-2012 01:06 AM 1674 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I was building the step stool for Ellie, I first did a practice inlay piece with the letter “E” After finishing the step stool, I couldn’t just throw the practice piece away so I made this box. I plan to give it to my secretary’s 2 year old daughter Ema. She can put her treasure in it.

It is made of mahogany, cherry, walnut and poplar. It has several coats of shellac and buffed with paste wax.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#1 posted 02-21-2012 01:16 AM

Cherry is fun to work with, isn’t it?

The lid is glued to the top frame, right? Are you concerned about the top wood expanding in the Summer, and breaking away? Or is it small enough that you can get away with it? I’d like to do some boxes that way,but I’ve never had the guts. I also set the top in as a floating panel, or just make the top out of one piece.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#2 posted 02-21-2012 01:27 AM

Nice work John a good idea to find another friend with a “E” name :))

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#3 posted 02-21-2012 02:04 AM

Nice inlay! I can appreciate the work that went into this.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#4 posted 02-21-2012 02:12 AM

Beatiful box, nice inlay work.

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

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#5 posted 02-21-2012 02:45 AM

Ema is a lucky little girl to have such a nice treasure box with her initial on it!

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

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#6 posted 02-21-2012 03:11 AM


Nice looking box and great spline joints.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#7 posted 02-21-2012 03:17 AM

very good work i would love to see the steps for inlaying the letter/letters if u didn’t do a post on it allready?

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#8 posted 02-21-2012 03:37 AM

Nice use of a practise piece !
Always thinking and never waste .
Nice gift .


-- Kiefer

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#9 posted 02-21-2012 03:43 AM

Beautiful Box! I to would love to see steps for inlaying the letter. It’s something I ave not tried as of yet!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#10 posted 02-21-2012 04:05 AM

You sure are getting those “E’s” down well

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#11 posted 02-21-2012 10:40 AM

Very nice! Nice spline joints and inlay.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#12 posted 02-21-2012 12:18 PM

very nice. I likes it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#13 posted 02-21-2012 05:38 PM

This box looks really nice. You did a fine job on that inlay.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 02-22-2012 12:26 AM

Very nice. As a kid I had a GI Joe footlocker (box) that I liked. I think there is a box “market” for boys too.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#15 posted 02-22-2012 01:18 PM

Great job! The finish looks like I could just reach out and tough it. Love the looks of paste wax.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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