Maple and Lacewood Letter Box

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Project by MarkJ posted 06-13-2012 01:19 AM 4460 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After finally finishing my workbench, I decided to scale things down a little for the next project. We have two boys (3 and 4.5 years old) and my wife had the idea to make each of them a letter box. The idea is to write a letter to each of the boys once a year (or when the urge strikes) and add it to the box. The is the first of the two boxes.

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#1 posted 06-13-2012 01:32 AM

What a neat idea. They will have two things to treasure later on in life. The letters and the box. That’s good thinking on the lady of the house.
Don’t you just love them?
Mr. Tom

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#2 posted 06-13-2012 03:36 AM

Nice job. That lacewood is amazing! Even your maple has more color than most maple I see.

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

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#3 posted 06-13-2012 03:38 AM

that is a beautiful box!!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#4 posted 06-13-2012 03:41 AM


Wonderful idea and really beautiful box! Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#5 posted 06-13-2012 07:49 AM

Great job love the wood and the idea. Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 06-13-2012 02:54 PM

Nice Box, Great gift for the kids and a great idea, nice wood combo and well constructed, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#7 posted 06-13-2012 07:26 PM

Great box. There is a simple elegance here that really lets the wood show it’s own character.
Nice job,


-- JoeyG ~~~

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#8 posted 06-14-2012 12:45 AM

I love the wood in this box and great design!

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#9 posted 06-14-2012 08:54 AM


I like the concept of the letters. Interesting choices of woods. Nice use of splines in the top’s construction. I can’t tell from the pictures you have posted how the stop for the top works. Is it continuous along the front of the box or just each side of the opening hole? The small corner splines of differing lengths are a nice touch. They add strength, but don’t overpower the maple’s grain.

My only quibble is with the half hole on the front. I admire the simplicity of the solution, but somehow it needs something more elegant. I can’t tell what it would be…perhaps some type of dowel protrusion or a square tab. I think it is the curved line on the square box that throws me off. Maybe if the hole were tapered? Maybe it is the scale of the hole. Since no good solution comes to mind, perhaps your design is best after all.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 06-14-2012 10:27 AM

Nice looking box, I like it!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#11 posted 06-14-2012 11:44 AM

Thanks everyone for the comments.

Big Al, I agree with you on the half hole. I thought of a few ways to handle the opening of the lid and decided to try this approach. I then debated about the size of the finger hole, and probably went a little too big, but I didn’t want to go too small and make it hard to open. I also used an 1/8” brass rod going through the side in the lid instead of using traditional hinges and this is the first time trying this. I didn’t realize how big that the gap between the lid and back of the box would have to be to make it work. I think the second letter box that I make will be something completely different.

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#12 posted 06-14-2012 02:26 PM

great choice of materials.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#13 posted 06-14-2012 04:16 PM

The box is beautiful and also has a useful purpose whis is always a good combination. Congratulations.


-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#14 posted 06-15-2012 02:21 AM

Beautiful box and beautiful idea….

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#15 posted 06-16-2012 03:46 AM

I have not heard that term”Letter box” for a long time. Great box and what a wonderful idea for a yearly activity

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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