my so-so boxes

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Project by Monte Pittman posted 499 days ago 1850 views 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project that the thought was better than the finished product. The boxes are spalted poplar. The lid and traysare Red Cedar. The splines are Russian Olive. 12×8x4

I tripped over a dog and dropped one and blew out the knot in the back of lid. Mitered in hinges. Didn’t really like my miters and I am not thrilled with the brass hinges. I used a black chain. I am not a big fan of chains, but I do like the black ones. Finish is Danish Oil and multiple coats of wipe on poly.

OK, I sound whiny tonight

Thanks for looking

-- 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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#1 posted 499 days ago

They look good from here Monte!
Sometimes we are our own worst critics.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 499 days ago

I like them!

-- Marcos, California

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#3 posted 499 days ago

They look great to me too!

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#4 posted 499 days ago

Great looking boxes Monte, Love that cedar.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#5 posted 499 days ago

Nice save DUDE! I was expecting excrement. Instead I got fertilizer! LOL! We are our own worst critique?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 499 days ago

Nice work, like the contrast of color in the two woods. Don’t throw them into the fire just yet ya know?

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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John Blunt

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#7 posted 499 days ago

Those boxes are just fine by me.

-- Seattle John,

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#8 posted 499 days ago

I really like the cedar! I haven’t use a lot of cedar, but what I have has had a mix of red to white color. You have a nice piece there. I bet those boxes smell good too!

-- Dick

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#9 posted 499 days ago

You are to hard on yourself….those are really nice looking boxes…you did a great job on them

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#10 posted 499 days ago

I had a whole bunch of pencil drawings that my dog chewed to unrecognizable bits of cud. I still love her more than any drawing I ever done drew! She’s my sweet little Boo! The boxes look fine. Pick yerself up, shake off the dust and get started on the next project. Oh and stop whining will ya?!

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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Cajun Box Sculptor

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#11 posted 499 days ago

Monte…you said they are so-so boxes…yes, they are so-so nice boxes…! We all do some work that we feel that may not be our best work…I sure feel that way about some stuff I do…but as many have said before is that wew are always our worst critic.

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#12 posted 499 days ago

I agree with Dallas we can be our own worst critics…They look good Monte,I really like the Red Cedar…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#13 posted 499 days ago

Nice Job! Just think of the experience you received. To quote Randy Pausch (sp ?) experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want. :)

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#14 posted 499 days ago

Monte, these are real progress from some of the first boxes I saw you post. I like the splines, and the proportions. Nice work. You might consider this method of mortising and hinges.

-- Big Al in IN

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#15 posted 499 days ago

So so nice would be the correct description

-- Regards Robert

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