Box from cherrywood and walnut

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Project by hurailer posted 04-22-2013 07:18 AM 1576 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A big Hello from Germany. Please forgive me my stumbling English, I hadn’t many chances to use it since school. I hope you will understand what I mean.

This is the first box I made from solid wood. A friend, who works at a joinery, brought some small pieces of glued wood panels, that should be fired in their oven. Long time, the pieces lay in my basement, then I found this great internet site. I chose one of the boxes in this galery and wanted to make my own version of it. But at the end, my box looks very different.

Here are the details of the construction:

Size: 10” x 6” x 6” (LxWxH) Material: 0.6” glued panels of cherrywood Details: strips and handle of waltnut

The main box is glued together with miters, the bottom is fixed with key and slot. All profiles are made on my own built milling table. The surface is sanded up to 240er sandingpaper and painted two times with tung oil (in German: Hartwachs├Âl).

I hade some problems while building the box. First the miters had not the right angle, they were to pointed. And all corners are a bit away from 90┬░. I think my blade in the circular saw is blunt, so the wood moved during the cut.
The next problem was the oil. I hadn’t any experience with this trademark, so it becomes gluey before I could remove the excessive oil. Fortunately I could dissolve it with new oil. So I could rescue my project.

I think for the first project of this type I can be proud. I hope you like it, and perhaps you can write me some ideas to improve my next parts. Many thanks so far.

-- Ein echter Deutscher Holzwurm! -- A pure German woodworm!

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#1 posted 04-22-2013 08:31 AM

Looks pretty nice to me. I really like the lid.

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#2 posted 04-23-2013 12:49 AM

Very nice! I love feet on boxes and put them on all opf mine. My favorite part of your box is the contrasting wood strips on the corners.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 04-23-2013 12:59 AM

Beautiful. Andy is right, the feet look good.

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

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#4 posted 04-23-2013 05:33 PM

Thank you for your nice comments.

The feet I invented during the working process. My first idea was a rabbet like a shadow gap. But when I put the sides together the first time, the look was too massive, like a brick. There has to be something that makes the box more filigree.
The second plus was, I could test how to mill in the middle of a sheet on my milling table. How it works with stop, and marks and so on. Very instructive such a small piece of wood.

-- Ein echter Deutscher Holzwurm! -- A pure German woodworm!

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