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Birdseye Maple "knock" Boxes....

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Project by JL7 posted 439 days ago 2272 views 26 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s where the name comes from:

Sticking with the Maple only theme again here…these are made from old gym flooring. All boards re-sawn to 1/4” and several of the top/bottom panels are book-matched.

As usual, I just started cleaning up this old materiel and the design evolved from that. These are sliding top boxes and I couldn’t decide on how to create the pull for the top…..then I thought about the old wood bodied hand planes that are adjusted by knocking on the front or back of the plane. So these are “knock” boxes:

Finish is tinted shellac and sanded back down, a coat of BLO and then polished and waxed with Beall wood buff.

Fun little project, built one at a time with 3 dedicated router table setups so I got pretty fast at building them. If you size your material carefully and setup your groove depths right, you can cut the top, bottom and the 2 long sides the same length. Then cut the 2 short ends 1/4” wider than the top and bottom. Viola.

Then take your thin kerf hand saw and cut the top off of one of the ends:

That little cutoff will form the end of your sliding top.

Thanks for looking.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.





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patron

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#1 posted 439 days ago

slick jeff
they all look great

doing a ‘run’ of them
on dedicated setups
is the way to go

nice wood too

like the ‘knock’ you open with

‘knock knock’
‘who’s there’

‘it’s me jeff’ lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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boxcarmarty

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#2 posted 439 days ago

Jeff, Quit playing with those boxes and see who’s knocking on the door…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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eddie

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#3 posted 439 days ago

those are some good looking boxes Jeff ,like the sliding lids ,great finish too ,the book matched i really liked , knock knock

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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DIYaholic

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#4 posted 439 days ago

You have floored me with the unique technique to open the boxes! You weren’t boxed in, when it came to a distinctive design feature!! Well done!!!

Does the interior of the box smell like old gym socks??? Curious minds want to know!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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ShaneA

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#5 posted 439 days ago

Nice clean look. As always, great woods too.

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SnowyRiver

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#6 posted 439 days ago

What a great use for gym flooring. They are beautiful.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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fernandoindia

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#7 posted 439 days ago

Well, nice flooring Jeff.

And beautiful boxes. Never heard of knock boxes before.

-- Back home. Fernando

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JL7

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#8 posted 439 days ago

Funny stuff guys…..thanks…...

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Roger

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#9 posted 439 days ago

Very nifty Jeff. That grain sure pops on those.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Gary

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#10 posted 439 days ago

Real nice. Real, real nice.

-- Gary, Florida. http://www.penturners.org/forum/f70/servicepens-2014-a-111967/

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NormG

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#11 posted 439 days ago

Wonderful boxes

-- Norman

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#12 posted 439 days ago

Great boxes for knockers, especially the DD one you are holding.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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aussiedave

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#13 posted 439 days ago

Great looking boxes…I have never hear of or seen knock boxes before….really cool

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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gfadvm

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#14 posted 439 days ago

Great job Jeff (almost said great set of knockers).

That quilted birdseye is awesome. Hard to believe it was a gym floor for all those years waiting for you!

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

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JL7

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#15 posted 439 days ago

Well these boxes do come in all shapes and sizes…..:)

Aussiedave – I just made it up…..I’m sure it’s not a new idea….but new to me…...

The fun part is handing one of them to someone and let them ponder on how to open it…...

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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