First Box Ever. Red Oak with Wenge

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Project by novakid34 posted 763 days ago 1090 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box I made for a friend with some scrap oak I had laying around and wenge as the miter splines/lift handle. As the title says it is my first attempt at building a box and my first attempt at the miter spline joint.

Dimensions: 9”L 6”w 5”h

My favorite part of the project was finishing. I used BLO for the first time as well as shellac for the first time. 2 coats of BLO were applied before roughly 6 coats of garnet shellac with a small amount of aniline dye. I ended up with some fat edges but overall I like the finish, it really shines in person. This project took a few days, the next one with be made with figured african mahogany and wenge.

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#1 posted 763 days ago

I think you did a heck-of-a job on this. Love the splines and the handle too. Great job.

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

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#2 posted 763 days ago

A very nice first box. WARNING: box building is addictive! (no known treatment exists)

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

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#3 posted 762 days ago

Nicely done.. gfadvm is right.. it is addicting, lol.

-- Woodworking for the hobbyist woodworker.

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#4 posted 762 days ago

Nice job. Did you know box building is addictive? :-) Soooo many ways to make them.

-- Stormy: Sometimes the wood just tells you what it wants to be.

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#5 posted 762 days ago

Good classic look to it. Well done.


-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#6 posted 762 days ago

Looks like your first attempt was a success to me. Looks great!

-- Ben from IL

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#7 posted 760 days ago

That’s awesome. I built a box with splines like that for the first time a couple months ago. Took far too long. I tried using lacquer for the first time and hated it. Beautiful box! I bet your friend was happy.

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