Bench Box by Accident

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Project by Chad256 posted 415 days ago 1200 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

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#1 posted 415 days ago

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

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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#2 posted 415 days ago

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

-- Dan

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#3 posted 415 days ago

Hehe, oops! Very nice!

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#4 posted 415 days ago

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

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#5 posted 414 days ago

Love it!

-- --God bless! Brandon

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#6 posted 414 days ago


-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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#7 posted 414 days ago

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!!

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#8 posted 414 days ago

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

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#9 posted 414 days ago

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

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#10 posted 414 days ago

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

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#11 posted 414 days ago

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

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

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#12 posted 414 days ago

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


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 414 days ago

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

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