Bench Box by Accident

  • Advertise with us
Project by Chad256 posted 07-03-2013 01:30 PM 1881 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok, so this box was never supposed to be. I was doing some test cuts on my box joint jig and picked up some poplar that I had reclaimed from a pallet some time ago thats just been laying on the shelf.

Then I got to noticing the colors that were in it as well as the crack and knot. I thought it was interesting so I sized it up to about 7×4 x 3 1/2 tall. Picked one of the more interesting pieces for the lift off lid and glued it up. The box joints fit pretty darn good for my first ones.

Anyways, I brushed on a couple of coats of Poly and used a drawer pull that was left over from my kitchen remodel. I thought the hardware was a good choice because I didn’t want anything that would cover up the natural beauty of the wood.

Currently it is sitting in my shop and it is holding some loose drill bits, chuck keys and other odds and ends. I was very impressed at how well this turned out!

Thanks for looking!!

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

13 comments so far

View helluvawreck's profile


32087 posts in 3036 days

#1 posted 07-03-2013 01:32 PM

I think that it looks very nice and it makes a nice addition to your shop.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

View Sanding2day's profile


1014 posts in 2016 days

#2 posted 07-03-2013 01:43 PM

Very cool box… The woods “crack/knot” really make this appealing. Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

View Bytesabit's profile


79 posts in 2036 days

#3 posted 07-03-2013 01:48 PM

Hehe, oops! Very nice!

View Chad256's profile


131 posts in 2056 days

#4 posted 07-03-2013 01:51 PM

Thanks Charles…its great storage and looks good too!

You are right Dan, The character is what does it! Without that it would still be used as a test piece.

Thanks for the comments guys!

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

View bamabubba's profile


12 posts in 3427 days

#5 posted 07-03-2013 04:14 PM

Love it!

-- --God bless! Brandon

View Chad256's profile


131 posts in 2056 days

#6 posted 07-03-2013 05:32 PM


-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

View Jpedi's profile


100 posts in 2228 days

#7 posted 07-04-2013 01:45 AM

Good job! Looks WAY better than a shop storage box. It needs to be in the living room! Definitely worth showing off to all who come!!

View whitebeast88's profile


4128 posts in 2360 days

#8 posted 07-04-2013 03:32 AM

great box,definately needs to be in the living room not the shop.very nice.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

View Boxguy's profile


2745 posts in 2437 days

#9 posted 07-04-2013 03:36 AM

Nice work and the grain is wonderful for poplar. I would have brought the top even with the front and back sides. I like to make smaller boxes from thinner material. 5/8 would look good in this format. However, for an accidental box this is superb work. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

View Chad256's profile


131 posts in 2056 days

#10 posted 07-04-2013 03:45 AM

Thanks for all the wonderful and encouraging comments. I do have a sad update to this post. A customer was in the shop and wanted one “just like it” and knowing that wasn’t possible because of the wood itself. He just had to have it, so I sold it. Kinda disappointed but hey, ain’t that why we do this? I’ll just have to build another for the shop! :)

Thanks guys!

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

View Dusty56's profile


11822 posts in 3857 days

#11 posted 07-04-2013 04:29 AM

I think it would look great filled with M&M’s !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

View SPalm's profile


5325 posts in 4051 days

#12 posted 07-04-2013 12:55 PM

Now that is nice.
Good job Chad. You made lowly old poplar shine.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

View Chad256's profile


131 posts in 2056 days

#13 posted 07-04-2013 01:54 PM

Good idea dusty!

Thanks Steve! I love it when I find wood that speaks for itself. This one had nothing to do with skill, it was all in the wood!!

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics