Mom's Christmas box

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Project by Ryan Haasen posted 579 days ago 5088 views 64 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a christmas box I made for my mom. It was my second attempt at double dovetails. The fist time I tried building this box, the double dovetails were so bad that I decided to start over. They came out much better on this box than the first. My original idea was to make the simple ribbon box, but I wanted to add a something else to make it more special, and thats where the dovetails came in. The dimensions are 8” x 10” x 3 1/2” tall. This box is made of walnut, maple and zebrawood, one of my favourite combinations. The bottom of the box is cherry. When I asked my mom what she wanted for Christmas, she said a box. I told her I didn’t know how to build boxes and that I would make her a nice bowl, so she was very surprised when she unwrapped it!

Thanks for taking a look!


-- Ryan

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#1 posted 579 days ago

Wow! I think I just fall in love with that box. Awe-inspiring.

-- "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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#2 posted 579 days ago


-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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#3 posted 579 days ago

That is incredible. I am new to woodworking and everyday i see projects posted here that change my view of what is possible with wood. Thanks for sharing that.

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#4 posted 579 days ago

She had to love it, very cool box

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#5 posted 579 days ago

Great job. Love the style.

-- 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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#6 posted 579 days ago

WOW Ryan – that is a homerun! Truly a work of art – seems like you can take on any challenge, keep it up!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#7 posted 579 days ago

It looks like each ribbon is cut separately then stacked on one another. Is there a half lap or other kind of joinery to hold the ribbons to each other?

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#8 posted 578 days ago

Simply beautiful!! What else can I add, perhaps, great craftsmanship.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#9 posted 578 days ago

Better than a bowl. Great job Ryan.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#10 posted 578 days ago

Is your bow a bent lamination or is it steam bent? That is so beautiful! Might have to try this myself one year for Christmas.

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#11 posted 578 days ago

Wow!! nice choice of woods, the double dovetail with the bow looks incredible!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#12 posted 578 days ago

Great box!! I bet your WoW ( that MoM turned upside down) loved loved it…. How do you make those double dovetails anyhow… Help…Ed

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#13 posted 578 days ago

A great looking box, seems you put alot of work into this one. Excellent workmanship on dovetails and ribbon.

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#14 posted 578 days ago

You must’ve learned boxes in a hurry. Its beautiful!!

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#15 posted 578 days ago

Thanks a lot everyone!
DouginVa: Yes, the ribbons are held together by a half-lap joint, just cut on the scroll saw.
Drew: The three layers of wood in the ribbons are laminated together, and then the shape of the bow is cut out on the scroll saw. No bending necessary which makes everything a lot simpler.
Edwin: I learned how to do them from a little research here on LumberJocks. Here’s a detailed blog that helped me a lot:


-- Ryan

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