My first attempt at a box, Walnut and Curly Maple

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Project by Jacob posted 07-24-2013 07:39 PM 1510 views 7 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first box.
Nice learning exercise, got to build a jig to cut for the corner splines. I should have researched a bit since it ended up pretty disposable because it rides the fence and all adjustments have the blade chew a bigger hole.
I intended to have it hinged but the wife wanted a lift off top.
Danish oil finish.
Made from some scrap walnut given to me that I res-awed into the sides and bottom and a scrap bit of curly maple.
Had nothing to line it with so I did my best to finish the interior too.
I was working the lip down have the top sit flush but I stopped leaving the thin gap since I think it adds to the look and feel.


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#1 posted 07-24-2013 08:01 PM

Very Nice Box!! Your first one? It is VERY NICE!
Keep up the great work!
Thanks for sharing.

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

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#2 posted 07-24-2013 08:30 PM

First box? Great looking box! Love the look of walnut. I can’t wait until you show the next box you make.

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#3 posted 07-24-2013 08:37 PM

Judging by your past offerings, it seems like your first anything will do just fine. Great job!

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 07-24-2013 08:41 PM

Very nice!

-- (- |: \,/

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#5 posted 07-24-2013 09:33 PM

Hard to believe it is a first. Must be a hidden skill.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#6 posted 07-24-2013 10:26 PM

Great looking first box Jacob.

Keep doing the good work.

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#7 posted 07-24-2013 10:42 PM

Jacob, this is an impressive start. You have some real talent and a great eye for wood. It looks like you have all the basics down pat. You also did a nice job of photographing your project. I really like the box you have made.

You are ready to take on hinges, internal trays and other challenges. Here are some tutorials I have indexed if you want to consider another design for your slot cutting jig :Making a jig to cut spline slots: for example. The trick is to use your fence to take all the play out of the jig’s travel. The $5 Band Clamps also might interest you. There is no particular order to read these in. Keep boxing and keep posting.

Tutorials: For methods used to make a box just click on the blue links below. They are arranged by topic.

Combining Wood Colors:
Adding finger indents:
Mortising and installing hinges:
Cutting off the box top:
Adding splines to a box:
Making splines with a simple jig:
Making a jig to cut spline slots:
Measuring for spline slot cuts:
$5 band clamps:
Installing an attached top: like that pictured above.
Jig for 45ing corners:
Organizing a glue-up table:
Finishing tips:
Tips on making trays: for inside boxes:

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 07-24-2013 10:58 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone!

Big Al, I just looked at your tutorials this morning and the spline cutting jig was a big “ah ha” moment after wondering about the shortcomings of mine.


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#9 posted 07-25-2013 01:11 AM

Nice work! That curly top POPS and looks great.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#10 posted 07-25-2013 01:21 AM

Yes… This is an exquisite box. Truly hard to believe its a first effort. You are a natural.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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#11 posted 07-25-2013 02:01 AM

Nice! Wish I could find some curly maple with all that color.

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

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#12 posted 07-25-2013 02:07 AM

Jacob, if this is what you can do on your first try, you are going to be SCARY when you get the hang of it!! :)
Very Nicely Done!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#13 posted 07-25-2013 02:52 AM

Awesome looking box.

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#14 posted 07-25-2013 04:04 AM

Very appealing box, well done.

-- Tom D

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#15 posted 07-25-2013 11:40 AM

Great looking first box…keep up the good work.

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

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