My first box

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How do you like my first box? It was made from regular pine. Glued it all up as a cube and then sawed the lid off. The finish on the box is absolutely nothing.

Did I mention I made his box in Jr. High Wood Shop probably in around 1974? It survived in my bedroom all through my high school years, then went in the Air Force with me and survived those years. When I was a young cop it remained in my bedroom all the way until I got married. Sometime around then (22 years ago) my wife decided it was junk and it got moved to the garage. It went through four different houses and for at least the last 11 years has lived in my backyard shed. I remembered it was back there so I decided to dig it out. It still contains my matchbook collection which I collected all over the world while in the Air Force.

The glue joints are starting to fail, but most are still intact, which is actually pretty good considering what this thing has been through. It’s the first item I ever made out of wood. I think I’ll fix it up and give it a proper finish!

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#1 posted 11-20-2012 01:47 AM

Excellent. Great story also. The box deserves some care and rest!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-20-2012 04:28 AM

Cool ,not bad for a first box in high school.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 11-20-2012 09:39 AM

A very interesting story.

I have a couple of items in my current home that I have had since a young boy so I can relate well to the story.

I hope the box stays around for other generations can appreciate it to, after all its ‘just a box”


Robert Brennan

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 11-20-2012 02:21 PM

Man this thing is sweet!

I also have my first box I made 2 years ago….all I had in tools was a hammer and a hand saw. The box looks terrible but I wouldnt take a million dollars for it. LOL

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 11-20-2012 02:34 PM

Looks good,

fix it up a little and sit it up and let it remind you of the journeys of your life.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#6 posted 11-20-2012 04:05 PM

I’d be inclined to squirt some glue in there and clamp it. That way you get a little repair without actually taking it apart, which would be a travesty.

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#7 posted 11-20-2012 04:06 PM

I think if somebody offered me a million dollars for it I’d take it. :)

My mom still has the other things I made in Jr. High and High School woodshop classes. They do look a little nicer than the box.

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#8 posted 11-20-2012 05:44 PM

Mark, my advice is not to put a finish on it or do anything in anyway that will change it. I think around 1974 all we had was Elmer’s carpenter glue or maybe just the normal white Elmer’s. Fix the joints with that, not one of the newer ones.

It’s 38 years old and deserves the respect for what it is… a piece of folk art, not an heirloom piece or a work of art in most others eyes. (Mom’s are usually different).

Fix only what need’s fixing and no more.

All those finger prints and oil spots and the blue/gray bacterial stain is a link to you. Your children will love you for it and feel closer to YOU!

Just my 2ยข.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Mark Smith

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#9 posted 11-21-2012 12:03 AM

Well I was going to make it into my receipt box to put on my desk so I could throw business receipts in there pending putting them into Quickbooks. I can’t really have that ratty thing sitting on my desk in a commercial woodshop. So I’m going to have to clean it up a bit and make it look presentable!

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#10 posted 12-13-2012 02:52 AM

Great story! I love it, and it needs to be passed on to someone in your family. My oldest daughter made me a pen in HS and it is one of my most cherrished gifts. She also made me a sheet metal tool box she made. I don’t use it for tools, but I’ll NEVER get rid of it. I wish I would have saved some of my woodshop class projects from school.

-- Tony, Colorado,

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#11 posted 12-13-2012 03:26 AM

My mom still has my other woodshop projects from the 70’s. I made some walnut candle holders that have been on her mantle for over 35 years and a little hanging hutch with a drawer is on the wall where it’s been for over 35 years too.

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