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Project by oweno posted 04-19-2012 03:55 AM 1185 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello everybody,

I was thrilled when I found this place after just starting to get in to woodworking. This is my first project as an adult. I did some shop classes as a kid but haven’t touched a tool in 20 years so this was a blast.

It’s a medium small box (5” x 12” x 5.5”) made of Sappelle. Joints are miters with biscuits and the lid is attatched with Brass hinges. Sanded to 440 and finished with danish oil.

Thanks all and can’t wait to do something more adventuresome.

oo





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Zeppelinator

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#1 posted 04-19-2012 04:14 AM

Nice start. I have a friend that makes really interesting boxes. Take a look for inspiration.

http://www.boxesbyboudreau.com/

-- Thom, Westport, www.thomscottstudio.com

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robert triplett

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#2 posted 04-19-2012 04:20 AM

You picked some good wood to begin. Your box looks great. welcome back to woodworking.

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

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#3 posted 04-19-2012 10:28 AM

Very nice! Great work!
Keep up the good work,Thank you for sharing!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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#4 posted 04-19-2012 11:02 AM

Nice going on the box. Keep up the good work and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck
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-- 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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#5 posted 04-19-2012 02:01 PM

Very nice, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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Boxguy

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#6 posted 04-19-2012 04:46 PM

Owen,

Great start. You are well on your way. Looks like you have done a nice job on your miters. Sapele is one of my favorite woods to work with. I like the proportions and general design of this box.

A couple of gentle suggestions:

You can match the grain on three corners if you will cut the lengths first and then under-cut the 45s on the four sides. In a grain like sapele it really picks up the look because it seems to wrap the grain around the box.

Corner splines really strengthen the corner joints and add interest.

Welcome to the site and keep boxing.

-- Big Al in IN

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oweno

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#7 posted 04-19-2012 05:36 PM

Thanks for the encouragement and suggestions!

@boxguy: your suggestions are great and I actually had both in mind when doing this. I only had just over enough wood to complete this project so I had to use the mitres that i cut when separating the board into pieces as the joint cuts :(. It could have looked much better in that way but I’m pleased cause my wife is pleased.

as to the splines, I ran out of time. this was a gift for my wife’s birthday and I was doing it at someone else’s shop while mine is being furnished. So version no.2 should be a bit better.

Thanks again!

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#8 posted 04-20-2012 02:09 AM

nice work

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#9 posted 04-20-2012 10:46 AM

Great job and great work. Welcome to L.J.’s !

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

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