A Box of Firsts

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Project by Chad256 posted 05-13-2013 06:54 AM 1388 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is truly a box of firsts for me. First off, this is my first project post here at LJ’s. Second, it’s my first box. Third, It was the first real scroll saw work I have done for a real project. Plus I did some hand carving to get it just right. I’m a new woodworker so all along the way I came across many firsts to overcome. I learned a TON doing this project.

Obviously, this was a Mother’s Day gift for my wife. She knew I was working on something but didn’t know what until this morning. She loved her keepsake box! I’m pretty proud how it turned out myself.

The box is poplar and cherry. I found this cherry at a local lumber shop and fell in love with the grain it had so had to use it here. It almost glows a golden color. No real skill used in the joinery. Just rabbet joints on all sides as well as the bottom. No screws or nails though! Well the hinges have screws but that’s it.

For the finish I used BLO and several coats of Poly on the outside. Once that has dried more I’ll be going back with a simple paste wax on the inside.

I’m looking forward to getting some feedback from the LJ workshop! I welcome all comments good or bad! Anyways thanks for looking and giving me some feedback.


-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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#1 posted 05-13-2013 08:38 AM

Very nice keepsake box.

-- Pain is temporary, quitting last forever.

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#2 posted 05-13-2013 10:58 AM

I like your scrollwork (among other things) on your box and how you used a heart for the “O” in mom.

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#3 posted 05-13-2013 11:34 AM

Very nice project, Thank you for sharing….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#4 posted 05-13-2013 01:12 PM

Welcome to LJs. That is a real nice looking box. I like the contrasting wood colours. You made that poplar look great and the cherry seems to glow. The “MOM” looks great and really finishes the box off.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 05-13-2013 01:25 PM

Very nice first box.
You can truly say you have advanced a level once you have completed your first box.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I should be a genius!

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#6 posted 05-13-2013 01:34 PM

Very nice box and nicely done. I bet that you learned a lot. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 05-13-2013 02:14 PM

Great first project. I also like the contrasting colors in the wood.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#8 posted 05-13-2013 02:59 PM

Very nice ,looks great.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 05-13-2013 03:07 PM

Thanks for all the great comments and support. I get a lot of inspiration from the LJ workshop! I’ll be posting more soon!

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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#10 posted 05-13-2013 04:08 PM

Very nice “first box”..... you did a wonderful job!!!!
The contrast of the poplar and cherry is really nice, the scrollwork is excellent and I agree, the heart for the “o” is great… Nice attention to detail…... Keep up the good work and hope to see more boxes from you…

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#11 posted 05-13-2013 04:37 PM

Beautiful box… Always enjoy contrasting woods and really like the heart being used in mom… Have saved a picture of it and plan to incorporate it into a box of my own at some point… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#12 posted 05-13-2013 06:21 PM

Gene – Thanks for your encouraging words. From a pro like you… that means a lot to me.

Dan – Thank you! That means a lot to me that you plan to incorporate it into a box in the future!

Gotta love the LJ support !!

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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#13 posted 05-13-2013 07:22 PM

First box you say? Very very nice. Poplar does seem to be a very underrated wood.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#14 posted 05-13-2013 09:22 PM

Wow Chad. For a first box, you did a splendid job.
Looks like the finish and workmanship is just top notch.

If you want a critique, I would say that next time try thinner wood. You did not give any dimensions, but I bet you could make the sides thinner. It is one of those things that you don’t notice until you do.

Good job sir, and welcome to LJs.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 05-13-2013 10:00 PM

nice work! I also just made my first box :)
Love how this turned out and will have to test the scroll saw my mom gave me in doing something similar with it.

Thanks for the post and welcome to LumberJocks! (Oh hehehe.. It was also my first project posted!

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