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Project by mlindegarde posted 483 days ago 976 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several years ago my mother gave me a Christmas gift wrapped in a rather large plastic candy cane. Every year for the last several years that candy cane has gone back and forth between the two of us.

After we finished opening Christmas gifts last year, my brother suggested that he and I should start a similar tradition. Given that we’re both just getting into woodworking, I suggested that rather than handing the same thing back and forth every year we should take turns making a box. One year I’ll make a box for him. The next he’ll make a box for me. The idea being that gradually the boxes will get better and better.

I volunteered to go first. This is the first box I’ve ever made. Not exactly an jaw dropping project, but at least it turned out alright. My wife picked out the marbled wood. I decided to contrast that with hard maple for the edges. I don’t really know the exact dimensions of the box. I can’t remember exactly how many times I had to trim the edges in order to get things to line up correctly.

I finished it with a satin wipe on poly. I actually intended to use a gloss wipe on poly. I had the satin left over from another project and grabbed the wrong one. Oh well. I suppose I could have sanded the finish off after the first coat…





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AlBCuttnWud

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#1 posted 483 days ago

You done good for sure if this truly is your first box…ha. It looks very well thought out and executed.

-- -Al, Patuxent River, MD

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mlindegarde

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#2 posted 483 days ago

It is my first box. Although I haven’t actually done much woodworking, I’ve done an awful lot of reading about it. It turns out that reading about woodworking is a heck of a lot cheaper than actually doing it.

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dnick

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#3 posted 483 days ago

That’s a nice piece. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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mlindegarde

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#4 posted 483 days ago

Thanks

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Don Johnson

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#5 posted 483 days ago

mlindegarde If you are going to be making more boxes, you might consider using BritBoxGuy’s method – http://lumberjocks.com/BritBoxmaker/blog/17048 which is even easier if you get the appropriate router bit – see http://lumberjocks.com/BritBoxmaker/blog/23229

You won’t be saying ”I can’t remember exactly how many times I had to trim the edges in order to get things to line up correctly.” if you do it Martyn’s way – even I managed to get great joints.

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 483 days ago

Reading might be cheaper, but getting dirty with it is a lot more fun. Great job.

-- 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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mlindegarde

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#7 posted 483 days ago

@Don Johnson
Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll have to give that method a try one of these days.

@Monte Pittman
Very true. Making saw dust with my tools is a lot more fun than letting them sit there and collect dust.

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#8 posted 483 days ago

I think this is a fine looking box ,good job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 482 days ago

Very nice! I thought you had used Martyn’s EZ Mitre technique when I saw it. Try that method. It’s a lot easier than it looks.

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

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mlindegarde

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#10 posted 482 days ago

@gfadvm
I didn’t really use any plan. I just kind of went at it. I’d seen enough to have some idea as to what I should do, but I didn’t use anyone’s method: for better or worse.

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