Bombe Box

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Project by DonDA posted 913 days ago 1876 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw Charles Neil’s bombe box and project for “Wounded Warriors” and fell in love with the design. It looked challenging, so I thought I needed to try it. I started January 10th and just finished it. My oldest daughter just loves it, so the work was worth the effort. The top is hard curly maple and cherry. The sides are soft curly maple, and the bottom molding and feet are cherry. There is not as much contrast between the woods as I expected, but the result still seems ok. I learned a lot in the process of building this box, which is the fun part about woodworking. Every project brings new challenges.
So, now this daughter just bought a house and wants me to build a corner breakfast nook. That will keep me busy for the next few months!

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#1 posted 913 days ago

Well worth the effort. A beautiful piece of workmanship.

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

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#2 posted 912 days ago

Beautiful craftsmanship.

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

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#3 posted 912 days ago

Beautiful box, Don. I like the lack of bold contrast between the woods….gives it an understated elegance. Great craftsmanship and design.

-- jbschutz

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#4 posted 912 days ago

Excellent build Don,I’m sure you make Charles proud. This is good evidence that Charles “mastering woodworking “program works.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 912 days ago

Very good work on this Don. The wood is very beautiful too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 912 days ago

beautyfull box Don
thanks for sharing

take care

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#7 posted 912 days ago

Great box, superb finish

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 912 days ago

Impressive. I bought the DVD, but I’m still on the chair building DVD by Charles. Did you get materials from Big Bob?

Let Charles know. Like Jim said it would make him smile!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#9 posted 912 days ago

spectacular work!! and a pretty choice wood selection.

-- "...if america is any indication, i was born into one great big vacation...." RMB

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#10 posted 912 days ago

Fantastic box. How do you go about shaping the sides, and sanding to such a high polish on all those gnarly curves? Seems extremely difficult (though worth the effort, given these results).

-- Allen, Colorado

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#11 posted 912 days ago

That’s a very lovely box indeed. I wish my boxes would turn out as well as this one.


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#12 posted 912 days ago

DocSavage- I will send a picture to Charles. I bought this DVD as part of his “wounded warriors” project. I watched the DVD, then made sketches, then used wood I already had to make the box.

bobasaurus – The DVD from Charles Neil taught me a tremendous amount. I learned how to rough cut the sides using a table saw in cove molding type setup and then finished rounding with a hand plane. The finish is 4 coats of Arm-R-Seal rub on oil and urethane coating.

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#13 posted 912 days ago

Nice work on this…wow. Thanks for the post

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#14 posted 912 days ago

Great! I’m sure Charles will be pleased. I attempted to use my blog to encourage people to buy the DVD as Charles’ and Sherry are I believe still contributing about 1/3rd the price to the Wonded Warriors Project.

I’ve got the DVD but just finished the chair building DVD which has “EVERYTHIN” i NEEDED TO KNOW about chair building even though I had done some research and reading.

Your work is a fine example of great effort and craftsmanship on your part and very much a tribute to Charles’ teaching. And he does this for a living.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#15 posted 912 days ago

wonderful 5 out of5 stars and i am sure there will be more contrast if you put it in sunlight to make the cherry turn red

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