|Project by Boxguy||posted 11-07-2012 03:17 AM||2193 views||9 times favorited||29 comments|
Pictured is a jewelry keeper with solid Black Walnut sides and an Olive Ash veneer top. Hence, the name Black Olive. 15X7X7…it features a lift-out tray, and in the lower level a foam ring-keeper with more divided storage. Tray and box each have maple corner splines.
A Modest Proposal:
There are Lumber Jocks like Greg, Andy, Tom, Peter, Roger, and others who can sell boxes as works of art. In fact they are works of art that happen to also be boxes. But, most of us do not fall in that category.
This is my suggestion for Lumber Jocks who want to sell boxes or for those building boxes for personal use or as fun projects.
Build Purpose-Driven Boxes
My niche is that every box I make is purpose-driven. That is to say I make it to do a job…hold tea bags, wedding rings, playing cards, jewelry, a wallet…cell phone…keys, suggestions, a watch collection, pool balls, darts, a marble collection, wine bottles, cremains of animals or people, serving trays, letters for signs, shoe shine materials, TV tuners, knitting supplies, sewing equipment, tools, cloth cutting supplies, handguns, small instruments, glue bottles, sandpaper, sawblades, finish cans and brushes, tissues, children’s toys, shaving supplies, the list is endless, but always they have a purpose. I have made boxes to hold all of these things listed.
I don’t think I have made any boxes just to be pretty objects. In the current economy, I find that patrons are more likely to buy a box that does something, rather than box that just looks pretty. Don’t misunderstand, I am NOT for building ugly boxes. My goal is to craft useful and long-lasting boxes that are a joy to touch, a pleasure to see, and a delight to use.
I design every box from the inside out. I start with what it should hold or do. Then I craft the best looking, longest lasting, box I can make to do the job assigned to it. Well, that is my take on what works for sales and satisfaction for me.
Thanks to all of you who looked at this post. A special thanks to all of you who take the extra time to comment on the box or the commentary. That is the fun of this site. I will try to respond to all questions and comments in batches during the next few days.
Keep boxing and keep posting!
-- Big Al in IN