Suggestion Box

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Project by chadgr posted 08-03-2012 06:51 PM 996 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this custom suggestion box for my moms friend as she runs a bed and breakfast, so she asked me to make her simple suggestion box that suits her style of house. But as with many of us woodworkers simple just isn’t good enough. So I used sapele for the body construction and rock maple for the splines. After a thorough sanding with my Black and Decker mouse sander, and I then put a coat of sanding sealer and then two coats of lacquer with light sanding in between. I then buffed out the finish with a beeswax as a lubricant.

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-- Chad Griffiths Vist my Etsy Shop

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#1 posted 08-03-2012 07:06 PM

Great build Chad. The splines are a great touch to the project too.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#2 posted 08-05-2012 10:45 AM

Chad, this is an nice build. I like the splines, selection of woods, top slot, and general design. It looks like all the mechanical elements of box-building are in place. I can’t tell…is the top hinged? If you ever build another, you might make it larger to accommodate bigger paper for suggestions and a specific holder for the pen. This certainly exceeds the “simple box” commission. Your work is way ahead of where I was at your age. I also like the maturity of you writing in the post you did. Nice job.

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 08-05-2012 03:16 PM

Thanks Chrisstef for the really nice comment and thank you boxguy for a really encouraging comment and the lid is not hinged it just has a ledge that sits on the inside of the box.

-- Chad Griffiths Vist my Etsy Shop

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#4 posted 08-05-2012 03:21 PM

Very well done a great looking box.

-- Custom furniture

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