two boards, three boxes

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Project by Bill posted 01-16-2013 03:35 AM 1652 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 01-16-2013 03:42 AM

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

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#2 posted 01-16-2013 03:46 AM

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

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

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#3 posted 01-16-2013 03:50 AM

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 01-16-2013 03:55 AM

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 01-16-2013 04:22 AM

Very nice piece of work.

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#6 posted 01-16-2013 04:36 AM

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 01-16-2013 05:33 AM

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 01-16-2013 06:12 AM

Great job, beautiful boxes.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#9 posted 01-16-2013 07:37 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#10 posted 01-16-2013 12:51 PM

Wonderful work as usual. Beautiful wood.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 01-16-2013 01:16 PM

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 01-16-2013 04:40 PM

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 01-16-2013 08:02 PM

This belongs ina museum. BEAUTIFUL grain.

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#14 posted 01-16-2013 08:40 PM

Very awesome.

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

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#15 posted 01-16-2013 09:08 PM

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

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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