My first Box.

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Project by snewOevaD posted 858 days ago 1396 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first Box. I found a nice cutoff piece of Bubinga at the local wood store about a year ago, but never found the right project. Then while I was there a couple weeks ago, I saw a pallet of cutoff Butternut. I found a nice piece about 6 inches wide and about 2 feet long. I paid $1.50 for it, and thought that it would go nicely with the Bubinga I still had from a while ago.

I made a lot of mistakes in the process, but that is ok, it taught me a lot about how to do it different and better. The finish is a couple of heavy coats of Danish oil in Fruitwood color, then after it dried for a few days, I put on a coat of paste wax. I think next time I’ll do wipe on Poly instead of Wax. I know that it will take longer, but I really like how shiny the poly gets vs how shiny I can get the wax. I’m sure with more experience and/or someone showing me in person how to prep the piece for wax and how to do the wax, it will turn out better.

What I really liked is that the Butternut and Bubinga look just as good together as I envisioned. I also like that this procrastinator kept plugging away until it was done. My wife is VERY happy with her box and she deserves it for the patience that she has shown me for the last 13 – 1/2 years. ( I made a couple of queen size beds, (one for us, one to sell) and ended up selling both.)

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robert triplett

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#1 posted 858 days ago

This is a nice first box. The two woods do go good together. I agree on the wipe on poly. It should add some nice shine. I am about to put some on a Redwood Burl box after the Watco. It does add a lot to the wood’s color.

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

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Arlin Eastman

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#2 posted 858 days ago

Well done. The first box is always the best one.


-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#3 posted 858 days ago

That is a fine effort for any box, let alone the first one. And splines to boot; I’ve made several boxes and haven’t tackled that challenge yet.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 858 days ago

Very nice first box. Love the combination of woods.

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

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#5 posted 858 days ago

Your wife has a good reason to be happy with this box. Anyone would be happy to receive it. I like your splined miter with the matching bubinga lids, and the flange-type lid retainer. One of my next projects will be a box, and i’m thinking I like yours enough to try some splined miters. Thanks for posting.

-- "Life's nonsense pierces us with strange relation." Wallace Stevens

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#6 posted 858 days ago

You chose a great combination of woods to build your first box. Great job, you learn by doing, and doing, and doing :)

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 858 days ago

That is a great first box and a very nice combination of woods. Shellac is a quick and easy finish that will give you a shine also.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 858 days ago

Nice! I’ve gotta try that lid type the next time I make a box. Love the look of it, and the splines add the perfect touch.

Nice effort for the tenth box…...wait, that’s the FIRST….Wow.

-- -- Don from PA

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#9 posted 858 days ago

Fine work. I too like the color blend and the balanced proportions of the design. The 1/4 inch splines are a good choice and it is nice that they echo the colors in the top and the bottom. Hinges help boxes function well. Have you considered making the bottom of something more basic and using that beautiful wood for your next top?

Sometimes it is as much fun solving the problems as it is actually making the project.

-- Big Al in IN

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Dave Haynes

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#10 posted 858 days ago

Very nice looking first box. The more you make, the more skilled you’ll get and since your first one is excellent what does your future hold? Nice job!

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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#11 posted 858 days ago

Yes, this is a sweet first box! Good jobby.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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Ian Hawthorne

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#12 posted 858 days ago

Very nice and great contrast in the woods – just be careful with using solid wood as your lid best to use veneer over ply or MDF for a truly stable lid.

You might find that as the seasons change your mitres might open up due to lid movement.

Apart from that it looks great!



-- Coming soon the new improved Neat hinge!

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#13 posted 858 days ago

well done

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#14 posted 857 days ago

Very nice box. Quite elegant. And superbly executed.

I recently came across a article about paste wax.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#15 posted 857 days ago

Very good for your first one and it really looks nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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