a simple box, a beginner's project

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This is my first attempt to make a box. The process itself is simple enough. Mitre cuts, grooves for bottom, mitre keys. Still, I learned a lot from making it.

And the most important thing is, I really like it. I like how it looks and the satisfaction it brings me.

After this photo, It was finished with shellac.

-- Ethan, Taiwan,

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#1 posted 786 days ago

It is a bit zen – I am relaxing just looking at the picture! What is the size? Do you have plans for its future? A nice, simple, well-executed design is a great compliment to the wood. Nicely done.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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Ethan Liou

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#2 posted 786 days ago

It’s very small actually. About 5” long, 3” wide, 2 1/2” high.

Kay, if you are asking what am I going to do with the box, I have absolutely no idea. HA. For now, it is more like a process of building my woodworking skill.

-- Ethan, Taiwan,

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#3 posted 786 days ago

Nice job. I have a strange fetish for boxes. It’s addicting really.

-- Woodworking for the hobbyist woodworker.

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#4 posted 786 days ago

Nice job! I did basiclly the same box a few years ago when i started. The lessons learned on a simple box are invaluable and will stay with you. Keep us posted on your future projects.

-- Measure once, cut twice.

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#5 posted 786 days ago


Great start. Time for a top and hinges. You might try designing your next box from the inside out. Decide what you want to keep in it and then make a box to do that job. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 786 days ago

I gotta agree with Kookaburra, beautiful lines and very peaceful… even the greenery in the background adds to the effect. Looks like you’re a photographer as well as a woodworker.

-- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me... AND I'm an engineer.

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#7 posted 786 days ago

Nice work on your first box.

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

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#8 posted 786 days ago

Great job and a beautiful box. Welcome to LJ’s.

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

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Jeffrey Alexander

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#9 posted 786 days ago

Beautifully designed box!

-- "--Build Beauty to leave to those who appreciated it , not to ungrateful kids..."

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#10 posted 786 days ago

Sometimes simple is the hardest to pull off. Its not as forgiving. Nice box.

-- “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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#11 posted 786 days ago

Your first box looks really nice an you did a fine job on it. Congratulations.


-- 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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#12 posted 786 days ago

As far as I am concerned I think you aught to put this up on a shelf in a special place of honor to admire for years to come. You did a fantastic job on your first go at it…. I still have my first one sitting right by my night stand reminding me daily where I came from and how things evolved (and mine didn’t look as nice as this…lol).

Good stuff!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#13 posted 785 days ago

Now you’ve done it! Boxes are addictive. Great job.

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

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#14 posted 785 days ago

Excellent job. I will look forward to see what you do with the lessons learned.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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#15 posted 785 days ago

Careful now, these are known as gateway drug projects. Next thing you know you’ll be on to the hard stuff, Greene and Greene, Gustav Stickley etc. etc.
Fine work on your first go.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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