One for mom (First Box)

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Project by Bradford posted 05-24-2008 02:47 PM 2359 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I came across this after one of those “Hey wait a minute, what about that first box I made?” (2 years ago). My Mom needed a medication lock box for my niece, Ashley. This was my first box made with the “Route-r-jig” from Woodline. The box turned out ok, but after looking back at the finish, there was a lot to be desired. I wish I had spent more time on the finish & installed a different lock (mortised). She was happy with the result. The joinery was “Wave” template, not super strong, but visually appealing.
Aspen & Pine, 12×9 x 5.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#1 posted 05-24-2008 03:07 PM

cool box. I like the joinery, like you said not totally strong but for a box it doesn’t really need to be. i think that it came out great, thanks for the post.

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#2 posted 05-24-2008 04:21 PM

Looking good there, all that matters is the thought that went into it and the recieving end liked it. A good reminder do put your name on every piece of work. It will last longer than we will. Thanks for shareing.


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#3 posted 05-24-2008 05:05 PM

Not sure if I’ve ever built something that I was totally pleased with … always see those little things I wish I would have or could have done differently … but I’d say you did a fine job … my first go around with the Incra jig couldn’t even be considered a box … I screwed that thing up so bad the only thing it was good for was fire wood! lol

-- Lip's Dysfuncational Firewood Farm, South Bend, IN

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#4 posted 05-24-2008 06:01 PM

Great looking little box. I bet those joints are plenty strong enough for this application. I have always been partial to aspen. I think because my dad was. I literally threw away my first box. I was trying out a mitered lock joint bit in my router – it didn’t turn out so well. So I used it to try out some straight and dovetailed splines across the corners. My son fished it out of the trash and still uses it for his treasures…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#5 posted 05-25-2008 12:23 AM

Nice looking box.

Don’t worry…. the whole coulda, woulda, shoulda thing is what makes box-making an addiction. <g>

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

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#6 posted 05-25-2008 12:48 AM

I think it looks great. Would that my first box looked as good.

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

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 05-25-2008 12:30 PM


This is a nice looking box. The joinery does add a nice visual effect and it provides a nic eglue surface as well so it should be strong enough for its intended purpose. Well done!!

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

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