Anniversary Box for my wife

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Project by Wade Putnam posted 05-20-2008 09:26 PM 1904 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this box from some walnut and cut the center panel in the top from a stump that had been laying in my yard for about four years. The stump came from a ornamental cherry tree that had been cut down in my wife’s family’s backyard.

-- Wade, Nashville,

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#1 posted 05-20-2008 09:33 PM

Looks great! I’m sure your wife will love it.

Happy anniversary!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 05-20-2008 10:28 PM

beautifully done. I like the figure in the lid

-- What do you learn from being right?

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#3 posted 05-20-2008 11:05 PM

This is a nice box and I really like the figure in the lid.

Well done.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 05-20-2008 11:13 PM

Very nice indeed. I bet your wife was pleased.


-- Alberta, Canada

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#5 posted 05-21-2008 12:16 AM

Love the top and of course the top makes the box. But what’s going on with the hinge. I’ve made a few (2) boxes and I have a hard time getting them to only open up to….less say 100 degrees. They always want to fall all the way back. I know there are $15.00 hinges that can correct this but I’m building $10.00 boxes with $30.00 hinges and that seems a bit odd. But you seem to have a way of correcting this. It looks like the hinge is cut into the back by 1/8” or so, and not a the bitter end of the cover. I can’t understand what’s going on. I can see you have the hinge attached to the cover about 1/4 / 3/16” from the end. Have you bent the hinge for this to work properly?

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#6 posted 05-21-2008 02:14 AM

Really nice. Great wood combination!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 05-21-2008 03:28 AM

The chunk of Walnut sets it off. Nice box.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#8 posted 05-21-2008 04:15 AM

Very nice project. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#9 posted 05-21-2008 04:53 AM

Gorgeous box. The inside sets it off, kind of a surprise when you open it. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Wade Putnam

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#10 posted 05-21-2008 03:31 PM

I will try to explain. The back side of the box is 3/8” shorter than the front and ends.
The 8 ” hinge is mounted to this lower side on the box w/ filler blocks on each end.
The lid has a 8” x 3/8’ x 5/16” + or – strip glued to it for the hinge to mount to.
This allows the hinge/mounting strip to flush out with the top of the sides and front of the the box in the closed posistion.
I bought this hinge @ Lowes for less than $3.00.
The lid of the box over hangs the box so when in the open posistion the lid rest on the back side of the box and limits the opening to what you se in the photo. Hope this makes sense and helps.


-- Wade, Nashville,

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#11 posted 05-21-2008 05:02 PM

Very cool, lucky wife.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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Douglas Bordner

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#12 posted 05-21-2008 08:03 PM

Handsome box, with a great story. Including that bit of wild timber was a fine idea, really setting this box off.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#13 posted 05-22-2008 03:16 AM

There’s a lot of love in that box!

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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