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Project by superstretch posted 375 days ago 1180 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been way too long since I’ve posted a project.. Between life as it happens and a much larger build that is easy to get burnt out on, I had to sneak this box in. My buddy is getting hitched this Saturday and I’ve gotten into the habit of making boxes for wedding gifts

The majority of this box is made from a single walnut board I had laying around. I cut it mostly in sequence, so it gives the appearance that it wraps all the way around. The corners are mitered and I cut 1/4” groves around the top and bottom to hold 1/4” hardwood ply (I don’t remember the type). Once it was taped and then glued with the ply panels in place, I cut the requisite splines at the top and bottom, cut the top of the box off, then cut an additional spline in each corner below the lid. After that, I ran the top of the box through the saw, connecting the front two spline cuts—making one long cut across the front. In that slot and the rest of the splines, I fitted thin pieces of chinaberry. After the glue dried, I cut and sanded them down flush (or in the case of the lid handle, down to the profile I wanted).

A quick hit with the ROS, copious amounts of Danish Oil and wax, and some sharp-looking (I thought) hinges from Ace, left me with a box I’d rather keep than give away.. But alas..

-- Dan, Rochester, NY





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chrisstef

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#1 posted 375 days ago

Nice work stretch, good to see ya back in the shop.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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aussiedave

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#2 posted 374 days ago

Beautiful looking box well done…

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

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Chad256

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#3 posted 374 days ago

Outstanding job my friend! Beautiful box and I’m sure it will be well received and treasured for years!

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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superstretch

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#4 posted 374 days ago

Thanks for the comments guys.. there’s really no way to go wrong with walnut and oil :)

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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Woodbridge

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#5 posted 374 days ago

great looking box.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 374 days ago

Very COOL box!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Ken90712

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#7 posted 374 days ago

well done looks great.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Deadeye

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#8 posted 374 days ago

Very Nice. I know what you mean, I made a custom box turkey call for my Cousin’s Wedding Gift last week-end.

-- Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.

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Fishinbo

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#9 posted 372 days ago

Beautiful box! Very well made, like the walnut and the finish. It’s a keeper but also a great gift. Great job!

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