Stripey box from offcuts

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Project by Ollie posted 11-15-2012 at 10:54 AM 1269 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is just a little box I made to use up some of my large stack of scraps.
I have just moved my workshop and am now determined to try to keep organized so thought I would use up some offcuts.

The box is Black Walnut and the lid is Maple, Mahogany, Oak and Walnut in the centre.
Danish oil finish.

Using offcuts forces you to think differently and economically with what you have whilst still trying to make things look nice and well proportioned.

Now I need to find something to keep in it.


-- Ollie, UK.

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#1 posted 11-15-2012 at 11:00 AM

I was just thinking about some design for the top of my unfinished box…...
The stripes come in to my mind.

Nice box and design.!

-- Bas, Holland

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#2 posted 11-15-2012 at 11:02 AM

Perfect! From scrap to fab.

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#3 posted 11-15-2012 at 05:40 PM

We always find something to store in box. Great look

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#4 posted 11-15-2012 at 05:54 PM

great use of those scraps ollie

real nice dovetails too

very well done

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 11-15-2012 at 08:49 PM

Very nice looking box : )

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

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#6 posted 11-15-2012 at 08:59 PM

Excellent work and nice design.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#7 posted 11-16-2012 at 12:20 AM

I like it, very cool looking. How do you line up the hinges when the lid is bigger than the box? And cut them? Do you use a router or hand cut? I know how to router in hinges in same size box and lid to line up (more or less) but how is it done when box and lid are different sizes and to same accuracy as same sized? Any help is appreciated.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#8 posted 11-16-2012 at 06:01 AM

Very nice! The use of “small surplus pieces” is always a fun challenge and you certainly showcased the wood on this box.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 11-16-2012 at 03:49 PM


Thanks for kind comments.

CalgaryGeoff the hinges are the overlay type with the smaller inner leaf so they don`t need to be cut in exactly (can`t remember the actual name of them). i just set the box on top of the lid upside down and centre it. Once it is positioned where you want it then make a pencil mark along the hinge side of the box on the lid. Just use careful measurements from that line to find the hole centres measured off the hinges. This will also work for normal cut in hinges too.


-- Ollie, UK.

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