Boxguy's Three Story Box

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Project by Boxguy posted 842 days ago 1485 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was experimenting with different ways of making boxes and decided to work with the dado-in-sides style here. Rather than cover up the dado or cut a stopped dado I thought I’d celebrate it as a design element and filled the unused top of the dado with a cherry insert. I wanted to have a useful and deep box, but be able to access all three levels without making drawers.

The third picture shows the three levels looking down, inside the box. The trays lift out and are supported by a “rail” running the length of the box. The keyhole doesn’t function; it is just a design element. When I took the pictures I hadn’t found the right screws yet, and the keyhole was just taped on (oops). This box is about 14×10x8. The ends and trays are made of Black Walnut. The front, back, and top are made from a 200-year-old Persimmon tree. Black lines and spots like these appear in really old persimmon trees.

Critique: The curved bottom and thicker sides help pull the design together. It wouldn’t look right with thinner ends. The pin hinge works especially well in this format since the ends are so thick and the pin is so stable. To ease assembly, the bottom board is fitted into a dado in the front and back boards, but just butts up to the two end boards. The keyhole helps add interest to the otherwise plain look of the front. Persimmon is very dense, but finishes well. I tried to pick a persimmon section with as much interest in the grain as possible for the front. The cloth linings help add a splash of color. (Hint: space rails up 1/8 inch from the bottom board so the cloth liner slides under the rails and is much easier to fit.) Since the trays are square, they can be put back in either direction.

As always thanks for looking, and an even greater thanks for any comments and suggestions.

-- Big Al in IN

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#1 posted 841 days ago

i like it, very nice looking ive done the dattos before like that, and filled them, they look great like that, this is a really cool box, i like the liners you used for the bottoms, , you certainly are a great box maker, hey , you ever thought about calling yourself the box maker…...i think im onto a great idea…....not bad for a guy who has had a terrible day…....but this is a nice ray of sun…grizz

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

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#2 posted 841 days ago

Al, I like it! the filled dados work well….sort of form follows function idea. I have never tried persimmon, but it looks good. The flame pattern cloth linings add an interesting touch. The arched front give the sides the look of legs and give the whole box a lighter but solid feel.

-- jbschutz

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#3 posted 841 days ago

That looks really cool, I agree regarding the filled in dadoes it gives this box more depth. And the nice curve compliments the whole box very well, great job.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#4 posted 841 days ago

Beautiful work.

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

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#5 posted 841 days ago

Nice design – great work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 841 days ago

Nice design and a really nice box. Good work.


-- 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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#7 posted 841 days ago

Nice Box, plenty of space, good combo of woods and interesting design, again, I like Your composition, Great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#8 posted 841 days ago

I love this design – it is all about the wood! Very nice lines. This is a BIG jewelry box – or does it have a different fate in store? I am filing away the interior trays in my “try this” folder. I’d leave off the key hole, because I don’t mind looking at the front expanse of wood.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#9 posted 840 days ago

Double the height, double the beauty

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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