My first project

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Project by TampaMark posted 554 days ago 1134 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the project that started my love of woodworking. Originally, I planned it to be about 5 inches high. After a couple of bad cuts on the table saw, it ended up being just shy of 4 inches in height. After I put the poker chips in, I have about 1/16th of an inch to spare under the lid. Friends tell me they like the sleek design. I just smile knowingly.

Side note: I have been stalking everyone’s work on LJ for about a year. Your creativity and craftsmanship are truly inspiring. I decided to finally join and show some of my work from over the years. Knowing that I will be posting on LJ in the future ups the craftsmanship bar for me.

-- -- Mark (maker of high-grade kindling)

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#1 posted 554 days ago

Nice box. Welcome aboard

-- Dreaming patterns

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#2 posted 554 days ago

It is a sleek looking box. And I love the card drawer on the side.

I have lots of interesting design features happen by accident or through the repairing of one. But I won’t tell if you don’t tell.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 554 days ago

Great looking piece.

All of us have had some unintentional design modifications. Compensate and conquer.

Welcome to LJ’s

-- 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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#4 posted 554 days ago

That is a beautiful box. Congrats on your first project.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#5 posted 554 days ago

Pretty nice for a first project. You not only have a great looking box but one with a purpose. Looks great and hope to see more of your postings in the future.

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#6 posted 554 days ago

Very nice box and especially for a first. Welcome to LJ Mark.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 553 days ago

Lurking is good..
Posting nice work is better

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#8 posted 553 days ago

A beautiful piece. Love the woods used and the card holder slot. Nice design and build.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#9 posted 553 days ago

There are no mistakes or “bad cuts”, just “Design Opportunities” or interesting off cuts to work into another project.

Nicely done!!

-- - Terry

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#10 posted 553 days ago

I too like the sleek look of it. The wood grain is beautiful. As far as the cutting mistake is concerned, look at it this way, you lost an inch of height, I messed up one day and lost an inch of thumb!! So it can always be worse. Looking forward to seeing more of your projects, Great job.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#11 posted 553 days ago

Sleek box, indeed! So, poker at your house tonight?!

-- Dean

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#12 posted 553 days ago

Very nice job.

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