two boards, three boxes

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Project by bigogre posted 589 days ago 1489 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The reason I like making boxes is that I get to use a very small board to make something beautiful and functional. The sides for these are made from two boards that were 15/16 thick, one 14” and one 28”. The last picture shows them book matched and marked out, ready for miters.

These three boxes are to be presented as gifts to three people in my local woodworking club for giving so much of their time teaching beginner woodworkers how turn and be safe.

If you ever have any interest in making a box, check out “Tauntons Basic Boxmaking” DVD. I got mine from the local library, and I think I watched it five times or so in the last couple of years. It really is full of information that is easy to understand.

These are made from figured maple and curly oak. 6×6x4

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 589 days ago

You have a great eye on wood selection my good man very nice timber…BC

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#2 posted 589 days ago

What a sweet work of art! Supper nice boxes! Beautiful grain!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#3 posted 589 days ago

Incredible looking boxes…I would have a hard time deciding which one to buy : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 589 days ago

Absolutely beautiful wood and complimenting boxes. Great job.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 589 days ago

Very nice piece of work.

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#6 posted 589 days ago

Bill, beautiful work and lovely wood. You might remind readers that when you lay out a book-matched box, you start your layout of the sides from the butt-matched center joint and work out so everything lines up. You don’t start from the outsides and work in when you are doing the layout. That way all four corners match perfectly.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 589 days ago

Those are beautiful boxes.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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Tom Godfrey

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#8 posted 589 days ago

Great job, beautiful boxes.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#9 posted 589 days ago

Great work!

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Monte Pittman

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#10 posted 589 days ago

Wonderful work as usual. Beautiful wood.

-- 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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#11 posted 589 days ago

Beautiful boxes out of beautiful wood. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 589 days ago

You are so fortunate to have these beautiful wood selections at your disposal and then to be so creative with them.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#13 posted 588 days ago

This belongs ina museum. BEAUTIFUL grain.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#14 posted 588 days ago

Very awesome.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#15 posted 588 days ago

Very nice design that lets the wood talk. Well done.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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