Box for a Salvation Army benefit auction

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Project by Douglas Bordner posted 03-29-2012 05:17 AM 2838 views 5 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one box which I made in a run of two. Both were to have captured shelf pins as hinges, but when this one was 90% done I had a stress fracture at the pin placement, so a design modification was in order. I shortened it up and used a Veritas stopped piano hinge instead.
Doug Stowe is one of my favorite authors and box makers, and the foot idea was a direct lift from a recent Fine Woodworking article, as was the lap-jointed dividers. Having different heights in the divider set up fools the eye somewhat, making the dividers look more like mortise and tenon work than lap joins. The side handles were also a lift, this from Gary Rogowski’s sushi box (also featured in FWW). The top walnut trim piece is repeated from an earlier box, and although on that specific box I was attempting to cover a through drilled screw hole (whoops!), this was intentional. I wanted more shaped walnut with radiused ends to mimic the foot details and handles.

Dimensions are 8.5˝x 7˝ x 3 7/8˝. Finished with shellac (sprayed with that itty-bitty Harbor Freight gun I reviewed), rubbed out to P500 grit with Abralon pads and waxed with Renaissance Wax. I had originally intended to give it as a gift to a old and dear friend from my home town, but I chanced to strike up a conversation with one of my sign shop customers who is on the organizing committee for an upcoming Salvation Army benefit auction, so this one will be a donation.
My friend and fellow Lumberjock, Todd Clippinger has spoken to me about donating as a way to do good for your local community as well as getting your work in the public eye. Win-win. Lot of folks needing a hand these days, and although I’m not swimming in dough, I am able to do this.

Besides, the wood (the mahogany species wood was free cabinet shop cut offs from LJ Dennis Zonkger, and the Bigleaf Maple and Walnut came from LJ Schroeder, and was acquired for the price of shipping only) came to me as gifts, so let the good karma flow on to the next fellow.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#1 posted 03-29-2012 05:31 AM

What a great donation. I love the way you have shaped the lid with the radius edge and the side handles are a nice feature.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#2 posted 03-29-2012 05:41 AM

Douglas: Great looking boxes.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 03-29-2012 06:15 AM

Thanks Karson, a discussion about donation should include your Guild’s toy building efforts.
That is dedication and a sense of mission. You guys are awesome.

Thanks Ruddy!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Rick S.

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#4 posted 03-29-2012 09:13 AM

Nice Boxes Douglas!

GOOD ON YOU for your effort on behalf of the Sally Ann. My Favourite Charity and Organization!

Yes! Karma does work!

-- _

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#5 posted 03-29-2012 11:22 AM

Excellent job, Douglas!

What a good looking box.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 03-29-2012 11:56 AM

I like this one. Very elegant with unique handles.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#7 posted 03-29-2012 12:10 PM

Way to go Doug, beautiful box.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 03-29-2012 12:19 PM

Nice wood, understated elegance in the design. Great job, Douglas!

Are the joints hand cut or machined?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 03-29-2012 12:19 PM

Hi Douglas,

Great looking box, and a wonderful donation. It looks like you have been out in the shop working a lot lately. It’s a good thing we had a mild Winter, or did you get a nice heater in your workshop?

-- Dennis Zongker

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Douglas Bordner

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#10 posted 03-29-2012 01:17 PM

Thanks Guys!
Dennis, both actually. I installed a radiant heater just above and behind my bench, but I can’t run it and more than one machine at a time without popping a breaker in the basement. The weather here has been amazing (actually slightly disturbing, wondering how the capricious Nebraska weather will balance this out).

Charlie, it’s all Incra work for me. The exciting news is, I got the big Triton, and I’m waiting for a new Rousseau plate to hang it from. Then I can get new brushes and a power cord for the old PC 690 combo I got 14 years ago. WOOT!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#11 posted 03-29-2012 01:55 PM

Doug, Great job the box is amazing. I really like the handles that is a cool look. Would love to hear a little more on them. Like how the strip of wood is attached. It’s very different, which is a good thing.

I have the Triton as well, I love it I’m sure you will as well. I was using her yesterday after work finishing up my cross cut sled. Great machine. I had trouble with one of there smaller ones and they were great to deal with and replaced with a brand new one very quickly!

Have a great week!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 03-29-2012 03:27 PM

i really like the different elements here, the side handles sure had a oriental feel to them, i love this whole box , you did a wonderful job, my only suggestion is maybe the use of wooden hinges…i think they would have made this a perfect box..just something to think about…thanks for the inspiration…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 03-29-2012 04:14 PM

Douglas, that’s a fine box and very well done. Congratulations and I hope it raises a nice amount for the Salvation Army.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#14 posted 03-29-2012 05:43 PM

Hi Douglas

Beautiful Box and Great execution, Someone will be holding on to this for generation after generation, Very admirable gesture and as You say, Win, Win all the way, Great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#15 posted 03-29-2012 09:21 PM


Great choice of woods, and superb workmanship. The double scallop on the bottom is a good choice and adds interest. I applaud your generosity in donating to a worthy cause. The handles are a great eye grabber. How did you attach the walnut in the handles?

I have a couple of thoughts you might want to consider on future versions. The back strip as you have done it seems a distraction. Have you considered using 1/2 the handle design as your lift? A half-circular indent for your fingers and a walnut piece attached to the lid to lift it up? On a beautiful box with so many horizontal accent lines, you might consider corner splines of walnut that are as wide as the handles, but don’t align with the handles on the ends. Horizontal alignment makes it look too much like a dotted line around the box…I learned by making that mistake. Just thoughts, you probably have better ideas of your own.

-- Big Al in IN

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