School Box / Sewing Box

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Project by oldwolf posted 11-30-2012 06:56 PM 2612 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The school box / sewing box build is finished. I built it for my oldest daughter’s 16th birthday present and she was very tickled with it. It is made from Curly Red Oak with a White Pine bottom (so it will have that wonderful pine scent when you open it) and air dried Black Walnut mouldings. The inspiration, of course came from the piece built by Chris Schwarz for the book ””The Joiner and Cabinet Maker

It was finished with three coats of boiled linseed oil on the outside and left clean on the inside. The hardware is Lee Valley unequal strap hinges (01.H20.12) and brass flat head screws. Chest handles will probably be added in the future when the right ones are found. I decided to skip the lock.

Once finished the box is bigger than I thought it would be, more of a small chest than a box. It measures 16” wide by 10 1/2” deep by around 10 3/4” tall. It was built using my standard practice of around 90% hand tools techniques that includes doing all the planing, jointing, joinery and making the mouldings by hand. I used the tablesaw for some rip cuts and the bandsaw for some resawing.

Making this chest was so very satisfying, I have never gotten to work figured stock like this before and the results were fantastic. Getting to build it for someone so special was important too. I’m very happy with the way it turned out and I really don’t have a lot of complaints to make. Turns out my inner Thomas was along for the ride on this one.

If you want to see more pictures and documentation about the build of this small chest the process was covered on my blog. You can see it by going to this link ( ) The posts aggregate in reverse chronological order with the most recent at the top, so as you scroll down it’s kind of like watching the build in reverse.

Thanks for looking.
Ratione et Passionis

-- Oldwolf -

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#1 posted 11-30-2012 07:12 PM

Looks fantastic. These pics really show it off well also.

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#2 posted 11-30-2012 07:40 PM

Beautiful box a fine build and great gift.

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#3 posted 11-30-2012 08:18 PM

>“techniques that includes doing all the…”
Don’t keep me in suspense. :)

A very nice job on this one. I like the curly Oak. I have some, I should use it. You did good with wrapping the grain around the corners. A nice touch, even with the dovetails. Thanks for sharing such nice work.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 11-30-2012 08:22 PM

Great job. Love the wood.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#5 posted 11-30-2012 08:59 PM

The wood looks amazing and the finish is so cool!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#6 posted 11-30-2012 09:37 PM

lol….thanks for catching that Rance, I fixed the brain fart now.

I think maintaining the continuity of the grain around a piece like this is a very important thing to pay attention to. The dovetails interrupt it a little, but not enough to upset the balance and flow. Thanks for noticing.

-- Oldwolf -

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#7 posted 11-30-2012 09:39 PM

Wery nice box.
Well done :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#8 posted 12-01-2012 03:47 AM

Very nicely done. A good looking box with very attractive dovetails and mouldings.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 12-01-2012 04:31 AM

Beautiful box

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 12-01-2012 06:37 AM

Thomas would be proud of your box. he might be your great,great,great grand father right?
i think your dove tails are a lot nicer than thomas’s

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#11 posted 12-01-2012 02:13 PM

Great job, well done!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#12 posted 12-02-2012 06:40 PM

Wow! That is really poppin fresh. Awesome everything

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#13 posted 12-02-2012 06:50 PM

A very nice looking looking box, i like the dovetail pattern and the hinges. I think i will build one but i will put the hinges on the outside. Keep up the good work.

-- Lumberdog.. Morley, Michigan

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#14 posted 12-04-2012 12:44 AM


This Thomas thinks you did a nice job! No one mentioned the hinges, so I will, they add special character.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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