Mission Style Box

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Project by ShannonRogers posted 04-04-2008 01:49 AM 3103 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I adapted this box from a design in WOOD magazine. I came across some unique drawer pulls in an antique store last year in Maine and thought I would put them to use on this design. The original was the traditional quarter sawn White Oak with a hinged lid and a ceramic tile insert. I wanted to piece to be in the round instead of a defined front and back that the hinged lid dictates. I also wanted to replace the tile with an exotic since I have quite a bit of small cutoffs lying around the shop from other projects. To date I have made about 12 of these boxes, some as gifts and some sold to people who saw the gifts and wanted their own. I have made them in walnut, mahogany, and sapele with a variety of inserts from cocobolo to amboyna burl to spalted maple. This one is mahogany with Bolivian Rosewood with 4 coats of lacquer for the finish.

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#1 posted 04-04-2008 02:02 AM

Beautiful grain. I like this box design. The corners are striking.

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

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#2 posted 04-04-2008 02:28 AM

Great job on the box Shannon. Do you recall the issue of WOOD this was in? I would like to add it to my to-do list.

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#3 posted 04-04-2008 03:37 AM


This is a nice box. The mahogany is beautiful.

I am working on a similar version of this one right now for my future daughter-in-law who wants a box to keep the wedding memorabilia in.

Paul, this came out of Issue 173 November, 2006.

Thanks for the post.

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#4 posted 04-04-2008 05:01 AM

Beautiful box.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#5 posted 04-04-2008 05:09 AM

Hi Shannon

Very nice design. Thank you for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 04-04-2008 05:18 AM

really nice work

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#7 posted 04-04-2008 07:09 AM

Very nice box. Boxes like these are ment to hold very special personal treasures.


-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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#8 posted 04-04-2008 08:37 AM

nice design…great execution…someday I’ll make some boxes…now, I jigging my shop for the day…

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#9 posted 04-04-2008 08:38 AM

That’s a great little box. I really like those legs.

-- 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 04-04-2008 09:58 AM

Great design & workmanship.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 04-04-2008 11:14 AM

Very nice little box – well designed and crafted.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 04-04-2008 08:37 PM

Nice box, can see why its popular.
Good finish and nice rich colour.

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#13 posted 04-06-2008 05:59 PM

I love the design as I’m partial to the ‘craftsman look’ or in mixed company the ‘crafts person look’!

The solid mahogany is beautiful with a nice ‘fleck’ in the lid. A beautiful job on the design, dimensions and build!

Cedrus – British Columbia

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#14 posted 06-01-2008 04:14 AM

Perfection : )

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#15 posted 06-01-2008 05:37 PM

nice looking box. I have seen that design you mentioned in the Wood magazine. I’ve wanted to make one, just haven’t got around to it yet.

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