50th Anniversary Box

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Project by thesoninlaw posted 385 days ago 928 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First post. First box. First project! Made this for my wife’s parents for their 50th. Walnut and maple—mitered, splined, and coved. Finish is just mineral oil as I ran out of time. Laser art on the top is the same as wine lables the wife designed and had printed for the folks (they made wine all through the 70s and 80s). We gave out 150 bottles as favors at the party! I received many compliments at the party and am myself pleased with the project (in laws love it!). Confidence is up and I am ready to take on new projects. Thanks for looking. We love you Mom and Dad!

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#1 posted 385 days ago

If that is your first box your well on your way to producing some excellent work….well done.

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

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#2 posted 385 days ago

Wow Great work!!! You have some awesome talent!!!
Welcome to Lumberjocks!!!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#3 posted 385 days ago

Impressive….great box.

-- Take care.....Ed

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#4 posted 385 days ago

Very impressive! That will be hard to top as a “first box” project.

Coved on the tablesaw?

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

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#5 posted 385 days ago

really nice! My fourth isn’t even this nice lol. Keep posting

-- mike c

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#6 posted 384 days ago

Yes, coved on the tablesaw before I cut the top off—the only part I was really nervous about. I think that on a smaller box, I might cut the top off first and cove it clamped together for a clean, unbroken cove. It worked out nicely this way though, as I did not want to include a lid lift. Other than the few jigs I made in order to build the box (Crosscut sled, miter sled and spline jig—which I now have for future projects) this is actually my first woodworking project. It turns out that all that reading and browsing the web pays off after all! To all: thanks for your comments and encouraging words.

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#7 posted 384 days ago

You did well and I think cutting the top, clamping, and then coving the sides would be a problem clamping and reclamping (but maybe not).

I want to do a cove sided box but haven’t figured out how to use wooden hinges with coved sides yet.

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

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#8 posted 383 days ago

Wow! Pretty impressive for a first, great design and wood choices. Like the splines and the finish. Great job, keep them coming.

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