Bruce's box - a gift for our departing manager complete

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Project by stanley_clifton posted 05-01-2008 10:38 PM 2060 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from salvaged pine sections of a disastrous project that had to be broken up, coupled with some interestingly shaded ash that I purchased on e-bay, this box has turned out quite nice as a gift for the departing Bruce.

Problems were the dovetails that turned out very badly and had to be patched and the lid hinge mortises, difficult to site because I was using an angled back lid edge to stop the lid falling back and working the hinge screws out. The box looks fine if you don’t open it, although this naturally reduces its utility.

The finish is three coats Danish oil rubbed down and finished with paste wax.

The plinth sections were rounded with the router with a rebate made with the Record 044 plough plane and then ‘feet’ cut out with the band saw (3tpi 12mm skip tooth). The lid cheeks were made with a wooden moulding plane of my Dad’s and finished of with a record 4 and Stanley block plane. Cheeks and plinth fitted with mitres.

Titebond original for most things, but epoxy resin to refix a section of cheek that came away (bloody end grain).

I hope that you like.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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Paul D

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#1 posted 05-01-2008 10:52 PM

Good lookin’ box Stanley! Well done!

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#2 posted 05-01-2008 11:23 PM

great looking box. i especially like the dovetails on the side! I’ve had to salvage wood from projects gone wrong a couple of times too. great job!

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Scott Bryan

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#3 posted 05-01-2008 11:27 PM


This is a nice box. I like its design and the dovetails look fine to me.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 05-02-2008 12:24 AM

Excellent looking box- what brand of Danish oil do you use?

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#5 posted 05-02-2008 01:02 AM

Very nice box. You did a great job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 05-02-2008 01:06 AM

Very nice looking box. Sounds like you had some valuable learning opportunities along the way!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 05-02-2008 01:22 AM

Vey very nice box , very nice work , finish is my kind of finish

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#8 posted 05-02-2008 02:34 AM

Nice save!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#9 posted 05-02-2008 03:02 AM

I think you’re too hard on yourself. The box looks awesome! I see ideas there that I’d like to borrow.

-- A novice at the craft and loving every minute!

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#10 posted 05-02-2008 03:12 AM

I would have never known there were problems. It looks great to me. Great job!

-- The tragedy of life does not lie in not reaching your goals, the tragedy of life lies in not having goals to reach for.

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#11 posted 05-02-2008 03:17 AM

WOW That’s two big wows for me today. You are truly a master of your craft. BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL ! Be a proud “LumberJock”! I believe I sent you here 26 days ago … I’m very glad I did.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#12 posted 05-02-2008 05:48 AM

Very well done! Those dovetails look excellent.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#13 posted 05-02-2008 06:18 AM

Dovetails rock! You did a great job, that’s one nice lookin’ box!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#14 posted 05-02-2008 08:56 AM

Love the finish – great box.

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#15 posted 05-02-2008 01:16 PM

Looks great! The gift will be well-received.

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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