Cherry Box

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Project by Chris Cook posted 06-04-2012 12:50 AM 1510 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the cherry box that I just finished. The photos certainly don’t give away the tribulations I put upon myself with this one.

Made of two different pieces of cherry stock I cut to get me three boards. I cut one to book match the grain on the sides of one in the center.

I used Martyn’s EZ Mitre technique and that part worked out quite well!

The hinges are red cumala.


-- Chris, “as soon as you come up with something foolproof, they come up with a better fool""

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#1 posted 06-04-2012 01:02 AM

That turned out great despite the tribulations. I love the hinges but I’m not familiar with that wood. But I’ll be on the lookout for some. It doesn’t appear you did the ‘lipping’ on this one? I just put some finish on my latest today after repairing the wreck when I cut the top off.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 06-04-2012 01:11 AM

Nice save! :-)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 06-04-2012 01:15 AM

you’re doing a really nice job on your boxes. They show care & craftsmanship.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 06-04-2012 01:44 AM

Everything about it, just super!

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

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#5 posted 06-04-2012 01:52 AM

Very nicely done. LOVE the hinges.

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

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#6 posted 06-04-2012 01:59 AM

The box looks great. I like seeing the grain wrapped from back to the top and then down the front. I am confused about how you did the sides. I see a side that looks like it is just a but joint, but from the inside it looks like a miter. Nicely done, however you did it.

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

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#7 posted 06-04-2012 11:52 AM

Nice work… Just remember it is a constant learning process with trials and errors. Looks like one fine box to me…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 06-04-2012 12:06 PM

I loves me some cherry.
And you did a wonderful job wrapping it like that. I looks great – a keeper.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 06-04-2012 12:08 PM

It’s a very beautiful box. I love cherry.


-- 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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#10 posted 06-04-2012 01:46 PM

Understated elegance! Great job with the grain.

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

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#11 posted 06-04-2012 02:18 PM

Good work, Chris. This is certainly worth the extra effort you put into it. The grain wrapping looks wonderful.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#12 posted 06-04-2012 05:27 PM

Thanks a ton! Cherry is a true beauty and really a exemplifies why I work with wood. Adding the finish just makes the grain pop.

A couple of notes and responses:

The hinge action in combination with the almost seamless transition of the lid to the base have caused this box to become a safety hazard. If you hold the back of the box and shut it, it is quite easy to get the nastiest pinch. This is no friendly pinch either. I won’t post the picture of the ugly blister that resulted nor the second one achieved upon testing to see how easy it was to repeat the pinch. I won’t post the exclamations of surprise either.

What is the best color of warning sticker to put on the back of this box?

@robert: The unplanned visual confusion of how the sides are done is a result of an odd choice of measurements (I’m not gonna say mistake here). Since this was made from three pieces joined, it may have been best to cut along the joint seams. Instead, I cut just outside of them (see picture)

The red line is where the joints are (and some would say where I Should have cut) and the yellow is where the mitre cuts were actually made.

I think I have to make at least one more EZ Mitre box. Martyn’s latest box gave me a couple of ideas and I need to try that lipping idea as well.

Now, where are the bandages?


-- Chris, “as soon as you come up with something foolproof, they come up with a better fool""

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#13 posted 06-04-2012 06:32 PM

Looks pretty nice to me.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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