Zebra Wood Watch Box

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Project by pwalter posted 12-13-2012 04:38 AM 6075 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This watch box was made from zebra wood, and walnut trim. Top has 8 spots for watches, and the bottom drawer is divided into 5 sections. Both the top and bottom were “flocked” with black felt.

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#1 posted 12-13-2012 05:49 AM

This is extra fine work.well done

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#2 posted 12-13-2012 07:06 AM

I’ve always loved this wood. Classy box.

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#3 posted 12-13-2012 11:37 AM

PW, I like this design. It is a nice combination to have a lift-up top and a drawer, though is a complex build. What kind of stop are you using to keep the lid from falling backwards when opened? Glass is heavy and breaks. My experience is that flocking looks great at the start, but does not wear well. Have you solved that problem? I usually have wooden dividers with a cloth liner underneath. The lifts are classy and add to the look. Are the corners re-enforced with splines in some way? Beautiful build, beautiful craftsmanship beautiful design, beautiful wood choices. Thanks for sharing this with us. Adding dimensions would help your readers get a better grasp of scale. Keep boxing and keep posting.

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#4 posted 12-13-2012 12:37 PM

Thanks! I actually don’t have a stop on the lid. I was a little nervous using quadrant hinges when I was so far on the box. I have never used them, and all I read about them is how easy they are to mess up. The corner miters are interally splined, The dimensions are 14” long 8” wide and 8” tall.

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

Outstanding box…like the Zebra wood

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#6 posted 12-13-2012 05:45 PM

Outstanding box, and as Boxguy said it is unusual to have a swing lid and a drawer …. Nice execution and great craftsmanship. ... Internal splines too; you show off. This one will go into the favorites.

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#7 posted 12-13-2012 08:19 PM

Great looking box.

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#8 posted 12-13-2012 11:33 PM

Thanks guys! unfortunately today I found out UPS destroyed the box while shipping it to Canada. I have no idea how it happened with as many foam beads I packaged it up with. But the glass was broken, and the had a dent in the corner and also broke.

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#9 posted 12-14-2012 02:53 AM

Man I hate to hear that! That is a beautiful box. I usually use that bubble wrap to pack stuff but having one arrive broken is a recurring nightmare.

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

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#10 posted 12-15-2012 05:15 PM

Yea, I used bubble wrap and the foam beads and filled the box. I know a few guys who work for UPS, and they said “I don’t want to see how packages get handled this time of year”

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#11 posted 03-08-2013 08:51 PM

Nice box pwalter sorry to hear about the destruction, I was just today commissioned request to build a watch box only to have the top lidless with open trays and to have a pull out drawer like yours that will house 10 watches, she wants it made out of my spalted hackberry searching that’s how I happened upon yours.

What I like to do in shipping is mix wadded paper with the foam not sure but just seems more buffered less likely to take a hit but that’s just a thought not tested shrugs

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#12 posted 03-08-2013 10:23 PM

Hey Randy. I agree. Foam would work great. Unfortunately when I got the package back, it looked like it was ran over by a truck. The box only had damage to the lid. She returned everything. Next time I had time I plan on making a new lid for it and seeing how it turns out.

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#13 posted 03-09-2013 11:55 AM

Another thing is I’ve not used UPS I’ve always used USPS, I wonder if there’s a difference in handling?

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#14 posted 03-10-2013 03:54 AM

Randy, I have used both. So far (knock on wood) I haven’t had a single problem with USPS. I shipped this box roughly 2 weeks before Christmas, and I can only imagine how the packages were being handled. Not that it makes the situation any better. But I think this is how the package was handled. The biggest problem I have with UPS is the fact that the guy didn’t charge me for packaging, just the materials he used to package it. Although he actually packaged it for me, when UPS looked at the box for my insurance claim, they stated the package wasn’t packaged properly and declined the claim. So I built the box, paid for materials, paid for shipping. Then had to refund the lady her money back, and UPS didn’t cover a dime of there insurance money. So if you ever do use UPS, make sure they package it, and charge you for it. Its worth it in the end.

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