TV Remote Box

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Project by Drunken Woodworker posted 08-25-2012 05:36 PM 2901 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Coffee table box used to hide TV remotes. Made out of Purpleheart and spalted maple. Finished with pure tung oil and wax.

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#1 posted 08-25-2012 06:19 PM

Great box, however, in my house unless it is bolted down, the box with the remote inside would still be lost

-- Norman

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#2 posted 08-25-2012 07:34 PM

Definatelly ’’must have’’ category.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 08-25-2012 09:09 PM

This is such a pretty box – but a beautiful handcrafted box for . . a TV remote? It just seems wrong to me. But it does hide the hideous TV remote, so I will give you kudos for that!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#4 posted 08-26-2012 02:53 AM

Nice digs for the humble remote !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#5 posted 08-26-2012 05:29 AM

Great idea and well done : )
added to my favorites.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 08-26-2012 09:54 PM

DWW, I like purpose-driven boxes. This is a lovely design and an interesting choice of contrasting woods. I especially like the arched top and the companion arch on the end pieces. Congratulations on being a “Top Three.”

I do have some questions. Are the maple sides and bottom set into the purpleheart ends? How is this hinged? Because the picture is a bit fuzzy I can’t tell if you used a pin or a metal hinge. Did the ends start as a thick piece you split in two with a band saw to make the angle or did you work down from a separate piece for each end? I would love to see a closeup of the lift-lip. It looks very nice. Including dimensions really helps readers judge the scale of you work.

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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Drunken Woodworker

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#7 posted 08-28-2012 03:57 AM

Hi Boxguy!

I posted 3 new images above. 1 top-down, 1 back and 1 from the bottom.

To answer your questions…

The front and back pieces of maple are set into the purple heart sides using dowels.

It is hinged using plain old box hinges. You’ll see it in the newly added photos.

The end angles were cut using the bandsaw. Nothing tricky.

As far as dimensions, I don’t have the box anymore so I can’t give you exact measurements. I made it as a gift for my grandfather. It’s about 13” long, 4” high.

Thanks for your interest! I love talking about woodworking!

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#8 posted 08-28-2012 07:47 AM

DWW, thanks for taking time to answer and improve the post. Dowels would do nicely. FYI This on hinges. Click and Click

You might look at this box. Click In this box I did something similar to your work except I made a dado to receive the side in the end of the box. I filled in the top and bottom of the dado with a small cherry strip.

This project uses the same technique. Click I find that this gives me a very solid joint and for me is quicker than setting up a stopped dado.

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 08-28-2012 08:15 AM

You certainly weren’t drunk when you made that!

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#10 posted 08-28-2012 02:26 PM

nice design; great look

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#11 posted 11-29-2012 02:33 PM

HIDE the remotes? We can’t even FIND all our remotes. Nice project, though, I’d just have to call it a trinket box.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#12 posted 06-28-2013 05:25 PM

Very cool idea… The next project I’m toying with will be a sectional piece sitting on a corner between the couch/loveseat in order to place drinks etc. on a stable surface, was already intending to have a cabinet within and rotating TV stands and although wont be this beautiful a remote box would make an excellent addition… Thanks for sharing and again fantastic work!

-- Dan

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