Simple candle box hand tool project

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Project by bonobo posted 10-25-2012 04:42 AM 2779 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My nephew needed a box to keep his gameboy, iPod etc. from getting lost all the time and I wanted to introduce him to woodworking, so I dragged him away from the Wii for a couple of hours to build this box with me.

The box is 3/4 pine, with ploughed grooves in the top and bottom. The corners were rebated with a carcass saw, cleaned up with a shoulder plane and nailed, so that we could continue working on it while the glue dried. One end of the lid panel was left long so that I could cut a tenon to fit through the frame on the end (a detail from an old example on the internet). The ring was a left-over that lets him pull it out from under the bed easier.

He’s a bit of a Calvin (& Hobbes) kid in that, as I handed each tool to him, it was transformed into either a blaster or a light-saber. I took over the final fitting of the panel with a moving fillister and when I was done, I turned to see he’d been fooling around with the shavings. All in all, it was a fun, worthwhile and manageable project.

That last photo of the bits of wood is the thing that made the biggest impression on him. I started out by splitting a piece off some firewood, he sawed the ends off and then planed down the sides. The idea was to give him a sense of what the wood in the lumber yard starts out as. He was pretty excited by the results and wanted to take that picture.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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#1 posted 10-25-2012 10:26 AM

Great project and fun too boot. Well done.

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

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#2 posted 10-25-2012 12:31 PM

Nice project. Sounds like you had a fun time.
I’m not a kid anymore but sometimes I still think my cordless drill is a Photon Nebulizer.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 10-25-2012 12:58 PM

Very nice box. It is good to get the young kids interested in the shop and maybe the will be our future woodworkers!!..................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 10-25-2012 09:41 PM

Great exposure for your nephew. Something new for him.
You did great!

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#5 posted 10-26-2012 07:20 AM

Very Nice work! Thanks For Posting!


-- I Chose "The Road Less Travelled" Now I'm Totally Lost! (Ontario, CANADA)

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#6 posted 10-26-2012 06:36 PM

now you have won the battle but lost the war ..... how to defend the shop from being taken over …. LOL
the demand of the last picture says it all :-)

the woodworking bug has bite him …. he will maybee be on and of for a coupple of years
but he will never forget what you learned him to do with his hands and a few tools :-)

thanks for sharing the priceless time with us


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#7 posted 10-26-2012 07:26 PM

It’s a really nice job. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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