Game Box

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-22-2012 09:58 PM 4951 views 13 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a little box I just finished for storing my pegs and jokers game. It is made from 3/4” quarter sawn white oak and it is stained with Michaels Cherry stain from the Amish shop Shipshewana, Ind.

The box has an integral hinge but it is the weak sister of the box. I already broke out the wood once when the lid tipped back too quickly. I need to add a small cable restraint to hold the lid from moving too far back. I installed a brass bushing and guide pin in the front wall to keep it aligned because it is so long.

The lid with the handle is an experiment that I wanted to try. The sides and the bottom of the box are joined using a lock miter bit. The top was added separately. I resawed the top, shaped the handle, and then glued it back together. I had two blind 1/8” dowels in the handle to line it up for the reglue .

When I went looking for a hasp, I spotted one that swings into a pin with a hole in it but it looked kind of chincy so I made one out of brass. I added a shot of the parts I had to make. The ball is soldered on for a handle and it works pretty slick.

It is finished with clear matte spray.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 06-22-2012 10:05 PM

Beautifull box. And in my opinion the lid/handle experiment was a raging success.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#2 posted 06-22-2012 10:06 PM

Great idea for the top, it came out great. Nice work.

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#3 posted 06-22-2012 10:11 PM

Great Job Jim!!
The first thing I noticed was the handle… Super idea, I like that very much!
Excellent fabrication work on the hardware too… Well Done!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 06-22-2012 10:13 PM

Beautiful figured timber Jim, hey what a great design, you have struck a winner with the handle for sure looks great, I like :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 06-22-2012 10:22 PM

Well done Jim. I like that handle too.

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#6 posted 06-22-2012 11:08 PM

Great looking box indeed! I like it!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 06-22-2012 11:18 PM

Just BEAUTIFUL… Design & Workmanship!

Thank you!

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#8 posted 06-22-2012 11:24 PM

I’m not familiar with the game, but the box is so beautifully done it sure is interesting. Nicely done!

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#9 posted 06-23-2012 12:03 AM

It’s a beautiful game box. The lid is very cool. The finish looks great. I’m surprised the stain is cherry. I would have guessed it was a Golden Oak.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#10 posted 06-23-2012 12:08 AM

Nicely done. Like Rick, what game is this? Does it require a die er two also? It looks like you’ve gotta git your guys in the castle. Similar to Sorry or somethin like that. Looks interesting. Thnx in advance. Could be a gr8 gift from Santa in the future.

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

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#11 posted 06-23-2012 12:22 AM

Jim…the handle design is a great feature. Thanks for posting.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#12 posted 06-23-2012 12:52 AM

I love the lid/handle and your brass catch is pretty crafty. Oak is my least favorite materiel for hinges as it seems very inconsistent in terms of strength/splitability (how’s that for a word?). I have used your hinge on some oak boxes but I probably just got lucky when picking the wood.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 06-23-2012 12:58 AM

Hey guys thanks for the nice comments. I’m glad you like that handle. It came out pretty good but the top was supposed to be thicker with more clearance under the handle. Because of warp, etc.,it cleaned up just about .800” thick and I put an angle inward on the grab surface to make it a more positive grip so you don’t drop it.

ShopTinker, the color in these pics is more yellow than it really is. It was taken under the incandescent light in my shop. I just reloaded more pics to show the true color.

Skylark and is the link to the project where I made the game. I explain it a bit there. I looked and you don’t find these games for sale much. I was asked to make more of them but I would have to charge way too much for the work involved in self storing the pegs.
Here is the link:

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 06-23-2012 01:01 AM

Beautiful box and I love what ya did with the whole thing…...especially that lid/handle. Great job.

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

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#15 posted 06-23-2012 01:30 AM

I absolutely love that handle. What an innovative and wonderful idea. Thanks for sharing this. I can’t help but wonder how many more of these we will see here. I must say that I want to use it. LOL. I’ll just file it away under mental idea’s until it mutates into something I can use. Thanks for being a great inspiration once again.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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