My first boxes

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Project by SailorDaddy posted 863 days ago 1262 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are the boxes I made for Christmas this year. I was in San Diego temporarily for training and my wife had our second son 3 days before Christmas. I did not have a lot of time to make a lot of gifts but these are the ones I did get done. The first one is made from primavera for the bottom and some cuttingboard scraps for the top (maple, padauk, yellowheart, purpleheart). It is for my sister in law who I got for secret santa this year. She had put gel pens on the list for secret santa so I got her some and made her a box. The next one is a jewelry box for my future sister in law. My wife’s brother asked me if I could make one for his girlfriend/fiance. It is primavera, padauk, cherry, purpleheart, yellowheart and walnut. They are both finished in clear shellac. I really like to look at them. I impressed myself for a first shot at boxes and no plans. Both ladies were very pleased. (You can see my mother in law’s cuttingboard in the background in the first pic.)

-- God, Family, Country, Woodshop!

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#1 posted 863 days ago

Very cool looking boxes and great joinery.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 863 days ago

Nice looking work. I really like that 2nd box and the way the corners are joined. Great job.

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

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#3 posted 863 days ago

very nice.i too like the second box.the top on the first box is really cool.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#4 posted 863 days ago

Interesting pieces..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#5 posted 863 days ago

FIRST boxes?? You have done well. Congratulations on the addition to your family too.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#6 posted 863 days ago

Unique designs for sure.

They look great.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 863 days ago

Great job! Very creative designs & joinery.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 862 days ago

The box top on the first box is stunning.

Could you explain how to diamond shaped accents into the checkerboard pattern?

Great work!

-- Mike, Florida,

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#9 posted 862 days ago

Great work and beautiful result on both boxes. We expect nothing less from a Navy man!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 862 days ago

Those are some really good looking boxes

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#11 posted 862 days ago

Very creative designs.


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#12 posted 862 days ago

Thanks for all the comments you guys. @ WoodSimplyMade in order to get the diamonds in the checkered board I used the scraps from my cutting board in my “More cutting boards” post. You can also kinda see my technique in the second pic of my “First cutting board” post. In that pic I am using scrap cherry to hold the corner of the walnut in order to get a flat clamp surface. I just used two 2×4s caddy corner to each other while clamping the padauk and yellowheart or maple and purpleheart together. After that you just glue them up like a regular endgrain checkered cuttingboard. Once I get a house and all moved in in about a month email me back so I can take more pics and give more visual support if you would like.

-- God, Family, Country, Woodshop!

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