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Project by PTIII posted 2267 days ago 1376 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to try out my new box joint/dovetail jig, so I figured I’d make a recipe box for LMOL to hold 5×7 index cards. I was so proud of how the box came out considering it’s the first I’ve built. (I must say that I severely underestimated the challenge in building a “simple” box.) I finished the box, and went to get some index cards to put in it, and realized I can only find 5×8 cards. Not gonna fit. I guess 4×6 will have to do.

-- Patrick, Jacksonville, IL

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#1 posted 2267 days ago

Very nice for a first attempt. You’re certainly correct about boxes being a challenge. Your joints look great.

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

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#2 posted 2266 days ago

The joints look good to me! Nice job.

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

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#3 posted 2266 days ago

Great looking box. Each one will get easier.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 2266 days ago

great box—-i think i would keep searching for 5×7 cards!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 2266 days ago

Good looking project. What kind of jig did you use?

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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Mark Shymanski

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#6 posted 2266 days ago

hmmm a new twist on the “measure twice cut once” saying :-)

Nice box in any case.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Doug S.

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#7 posted 2266 days ago

Been there – Done that. My “recipe card” boxes lacked enough height to get the lid closed on them. Then voila! They magically became keepsake boxes:-))

-- Use the fence Luke

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#8 posted 2266 days ago

Thank you all for the kind comments.

bhack – the jig is a Craftsman jig that I got for Christmas. I just now got around to getting it out of the box. Seemed to work pretty good for the box joints, but I imagine the dovetails will get tricky.

-- Patrick, Jacksonville, IL

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#9 posted 2266 days ago

If you have some card stock you can make your own. It’s a lot easier then making the box. LOL
well done on the box.

-- JJohn

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#10 posted 2266 days ago

I know about the challenge. Check out my work and you’ll see the “challenges” clearly visible, called character marks and drips. It was the best I could do at the time. With practice we all get better. Your box is a nice “first”.
You should be proud of it.

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

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#11 posted 2266 days ago

Great box. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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Scott Bryan

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#12 posted 2265 days ago

This is a nice looking box. They can be a challenge to build despite their relatively simple appearance. You did a good job with the construction and joinery.

Well done.

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

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#13 posted 2265 days ago

never seen 5×8 cards. nice box

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#14 posted 2265 days ago

I have to rename a few of my project as well. But don’t tell anyone they don’t know what it made for. Oh it tooo late you already told us.
It a great box and these lumber jocks make there talents look easy.

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

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