one from my 'what was I thinking?' series

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Project by Chris Cook posted 06-09-2012 01:45 AM 2503 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one from a little while back. I wanted to post this because it is a combination of pride and shame.

The box actually turned out really well in terms of overall quality.

The design is a flop.

I had all these ideas in my head. Instead of spreading them across a few projects, I put them all into this one. I was experimenting with inlay on the sides as well as the corners.

I took this upstairs and showed it to my wife. I could tell by her reaction that I was right about it being a flop. I mean, she said something nice, but only because she had to be nice. It’s a brute of a box.

It’s made of Cherry, padauk, walnut, macore, maple and probably a few other woods.

the lid probably weighs as much as the box bottom. Might be due to that big chunk of walnut and the 2 and half foot boards of cherry on top?

I may make another lid for this box and turn this lid into floating dock.


-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#1 posted 06-09-2012 04:35 AM


I know just how you feel. I have a few of these that I keep around to remind me not to start a box at midnight and work on it until dawn or some such stupid move. Let the moment pass…restart in the morning…life will go on.

I call it my “Snakes On A Plane” Collection. You don’t need any other information to know this can’t be a good thing. It is just one of those ideas that you know is destined for catastrophe from the start.

You say to yourself, “At least I know now it was a bad idea; I just didn’t know it was a bad idea at the time.” In my life, a lot of these moments have started with the phrase, “Hey, ya-all, watch this…” Thanks for being brave enough to share.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 06-09-2012 10:47 AM

You are a better man than I. You finished it. I have tons of projects that never get completed because I don’t like them when they start to take shape.

Keep ‘em coming,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 06-09-2012 11:28 AM

I feel you pain. Been there, done that. There’s no shame is admitting the end product isn’t so great. My wife is like yours, she thinks its not polite to be critical….even when that’s what I want, a critique. I guess we just have to be our own worst critics. Theres nothing wrong in wanting to do things better.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#4 posted 06-09-2012 12:50 PM

You know, I like the idea of making a new lid for this box and doing something else with this lid. Individually I like each component. the lid kind of reminds me of a space ship docked somewhere..

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#5 posted 06-09-2012 01:20 PM

I would make a new lid as well. And possible a new box that goes with the angles of this lid. I see a lot of potential here. When I get to this point I just pull out the rt angle grinder and make it look right. LOL

Good luck with it. Sometimes it helps to do a quick sketch of your ideas on paper and see if they go together.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#6 posted 06-09-2012 02:04 PM

I thought the same thing as Lis when I saw this – waiting for it to take off for the nearest space station. Or maybe the flying bridge on a boat?

And I agree with the other commenters that the box and the lid are fine individually – maybe they just do not belong together (a bad marriage, so to say). But I am having a hard time thinking of something that would go well UNDER that massive lid, unless it becomes a hatch cover for a tank? (kidding, of course).

I will be interested to see what you decide to do with these.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#7 posted 06-09-2012 02:47 PM

Overall an interesting idea, Chris. Lid surround and base of the top bit are a a little clunky but the main box is well proportioned.

You’ll never get me to like keying on box corners. I think they spoil the lines of a box. If mitres need reinforcing I use an internal spline. Each to their own though.

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

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#8 posted 06-09-2012 03:51 PM

thanks for the comments. Every one is spot on. In my profession, I have to plan ahead to be sure everything comes together. In my leisure, sometimes I like to go at it full steam and see what comes of it. This has produced some of my best and worst work. The consistent part of this has been what I take away from it. Sometimes I have to see my ideas physically manifested to understand what works or not. Sometimes I just have to see the look on my Wife’s face as well.

Martyn, your Neoplast C has inspired my current project. Right now it is somewhere between “brilliant” and “what the h#ll?” You may or may not see this one soon!


-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#9 posted 06-09-2012 04:38 PM

Cris: my suggestion is to round over some of the lines to give it a smoother feeling.
It feels boxy to me, no pun intended.
just a suggestion.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#10 posted 06-09-2012 05:41 PM

Nice Box, You have done a few new things here which are all done with fine craftsmanship, good miters and well constructed, style and taste are completely subjective, to tell the truth, I kinda like it, keep up the good work, and thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#11 posted 06-09-2012 05:44 PM

As an update to the “Neoplast C has inspired” project: try one just went into the scrap pile! Haste makes waste. Who said that?

-- Chris, "all we are is sawdust in the dust collector""

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#12 posted 06-09-2012 09:18 PM

Take it easy, Chris. There’s no hurry.

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

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#13 posted 06-10-2012 12:16 AM

Chris i have to disagree with you. I think the box pretty damn cool. The handle especially.

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#14 posted 06-10-2012 01:11 AM

Chris, The skill/craftsmanship in this box is excellent. The woods are beautiful. The design is “unique” to say the least. I would love to send this one to Greg and ask him to sculpt it into something amazing. Or you could have a go at sculpting some of the bulk away and see what you can create.

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

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#15 posted 06-10-2012 01:19 AM

Hey, nuttin wrong with a lil beef in a box. I likes it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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