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Project by tenontim posted 03-29-2008 07:27 PM 2204 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first box I’ve made, other than storage boxes for tools. This is another one of those things you do when you do this professionally. I made this for one of my furniture customers. She has an antique thimble collection, and wanted a case to display them in. I think I’ve made full size furniture in less time than this took. I guess you box makers must have a system that I don’t know about yet.
The box is made of cherry. The case dovetails were machine cut, but the ones in the drawer I had to do by hand. It has a oil/varnish/wax finish. Measures about 18w x 10”d x 6-8”t. It has spaces for 48 thimbles and the drawer is for the history index.

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#1 posted 03-29-2008 08:30 PM

Did you make the finger things, too? It is a nice looking display box.

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#2 posted 03-29-2008 08:32 PM

No the fingers were supplied by the customer. She picked them up from a jewelry store supply.

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#3 posted 03-29-2008 08:35 PM

This is a very nice display box. I really like the inclusion of the drawer as well.

thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 03-29-2008 10:25 PM

That’s a real nice box. Functional and good to look at.
I make boxes and haven’t discovered the system of taking less time to make a box than it takes to make furniture – please pass it on to me if you find it! :-)

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Tim Pursell

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#5 posted 03-29-2008 10:35 PM

Nice box Tim.
So much for my idea of making boxes to “fill in” my time between furniture jobs.
I guess it’s like I tell the wife…”quality work takes time”


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#6 posted 03-29-2008 10:47 PM

Great job. Looks like it should make the customer happy.

-- 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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#7 posted 03-30-2008 01:18 AM

Great looking display case. I am curious about the finger things like Rikkor, did you make them?

-- Kevin -- (

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#8 posted 03-30-2008 01:39 AM

Thanks for all of compliments, everyone. For the curious, the finger things came from a place call Rio Grande, in Albuquerque,NM. They are a supplier for jewelry stores.

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#9 posted 03-30-2008 07:02 AM

Great storage idea!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#10 posted 03-30-2008 04:42 PM

Nice work Tim. Is that a finger joint? :))

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood!,

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#11 posted 04-10-2008 07:07 PM

Nice job on the box, looks great!


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#12 posted 04-15-2008 05:15 AM

Way to go Tim, I’m enjoying viewing your projects,this is one very nice looking display box. I’ve been looking for one but none have inspired me, this one may work very well (with a few modifications) for my pocket watch collection. Keep the projects coming, your brother in woodworking John

-- Your Brother in WoodWorking John, Pittsburgh , PA.

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#13 posted 04-29-2008 10:20 PM

You must be pretty fast at making furniture, then! I’m all about cherry – Excellent!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#14 posted 08-01-2008 07:50 PM

excellent work

-- Michael A. Brailsford

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#15 posted 10-07-2008 12:34 AM

I like the case a’lot, patience is the key to beautiful wood working!

-- "How can a society that exists on instant mashed potatos, packaged cake mixes, frozen dinners, and instant cameras teach patience to its young?"

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