My First Box

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Project by TexasPenworks posted 07-29-2012 10:58 PM 1825 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first attempt at making a box. It is made from Cedar Sides, Maple Bottom & 300 Year old Black Walnut inlaid with Holly & Walnut banding. I gave it to my Wife for our 18th Wedding Anniversary. It’s by far not perfect but between the books I’ve purchased & more importantly, the posts put here by members, I think I’m well on my way to improving my abilities! Thanks to All who share their ideas & projects, its a Tremendous help for less experienced craftsmen.

-- Kyle,

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#1 posted 07-29-2012 11:15 PM

First of all Happy Anniversary…... Nice looking Box and a great idea to remember the moment… Keep the sawdust flying…...

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#2 posted 07-29-2012 11:51 PM

Super nice job, especially for a first box! I LOVE the lid! Nice inlay. What technique did you use to burn the date into the box?

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#3 posted 07-30-2012 12:50 AM

Happy Anniversary! The woods go together well! The look is elegant. Nice work!

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

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#4 posted 07-30-2012 02:49 AM

Very nice first box looks a lot better then my first one

-- Pat Brownfield Westland,Michigan

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#5 posted 07-30-2012 03:19 AM

I agree with PatBrownfield – way better than my first box.
How DID you do the lettering?
Make more boxes!!!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#6 posted 07-30-2012 12:43 PM

Beautiful first box. Keep on keepin’ on!

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

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#7 posted 07-30-2012 12:57 PM

Well as much as I would like to take credit for the engraving, I left that to the Professionals! A local Trophy Shop in my area, Lumberton Trophy & Awards, who’s owner has become a friend of mine actually engraved for me.

-- Kyle,

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#8 posted 07-30-2012 05:05 PM

Kyle, it looks like all the basic elements are in place. The walnut is beautiful. I like the foot concept on this. The 45s look tight did you use a band clamp? The varied lengths of the corner splines is an interesting design. Now on to the hinges. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 07-30-2012 09:23 PM

Happy anniversary! I’m sure your wife loves it! The contrast between the dark walnut and the lighter cedar and banding is really beautiful.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#11 posted 07-30-2012 11:21 PM

Beautifull work. Really nice.

Ditto on “How did you do the lettering?”

-- “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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#12 posted 07-31-2012 01:13 AM

Thanks all for the Kind comments! The lettering was completely done by my local engraver with a Lazer Engraver. My Loves it. Happy woodworking & Blessings to All.

-- Kyle,

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#13 posted 07-31-2012 01:19 AM

Love the contrast.


-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#14 posted 11-24-2012 10:41 AM

Great first box build. The splines are always cool to me so I use them . It looks like some of your splines might not have seated fully. I like the inlay, good job.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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