Double Compartment Cherry Recipe Box

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Project by Dave Haynes posted 12-21-2012 12:57 AM 1619 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the last one of three new box project posts that I added today. It is a cherry receipe box with double compartments on the inside. I made the box deep enough inside so that it could accomodate tabbed index separator cards which I forgot to consider in a previous box I made like this.

As you can tell, I’m into making boxes as of late. If it wasn’t fun, I guess I wouldn’t be doing it. This box was made from some of the wood I was able to get at an estate tag sale a few weeks ago as I reported in one of the other box posts that I made today. Good looking wood and very easy to work with. I put two coats of Watco Danish Oil on the box and after 72 hours, I began adding the first of three coats of Minwax Hand Rubbed Poly. I love this method of finishng boxes!

The box was also added to my Etsy Store.

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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#1 posted 12-21-2012 01:01 AM

Simpler than the others, but still classy looking.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-21-2012 01:08 AM

Sweet box!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 12-21-2012 01:18 AM

Nice box. I got one of those “I forgot the tabs on the cards” boxes too. LOL

You did a nice job on this.

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

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#4 posted 12-21-2012 01:34 AM

I like it nice clean lines.

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#5 posted 12-21-2012 03:19 AM

Nice Job. I love the Cherry.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#6 posted 12-21-2012 01:11 PM

great looking box!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#7 posted 12-21-2012 02:26 PM

Dave, this is a sweet little box, and I love the look of cherry. It has a Shaker look and feel about it. The idea of dividing the box in two is a good one. I find that recipe boxes function better if they have a thick lid that lifts to expose at least a quarter of the top of the cards so you can easily sort through them for the card you want. Having the front of the lid be bigger than the back of the lid also works (the side cut would be angled downwardly). If the lid is thick enough, an angled band saw cut in the top will allow the cook to insert a recipe card and have it held while they work. The angled cut will act as a stand to hold the card. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 12-21-2012 03:54 PM

Hey Boxguy…......

Thanks for the tips! Having never made these before, I can see that your suggestions will keep people’s fingers from ruining the index cards. My next one will address these issues to be sure Thanks again.

-- Dave Haynes, Indiana,

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