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Project by JL7 posted 08-04-2013 06:01 PM 1817 views 13 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the third post on the “Knock Box” concept…...I haven’t run out of material yet, so I keep building them…..and still trying to improve the fit and finish. The concept is to make an extremely simple looking box that is tricky to figure out how to open.

The latest design is an over-under playing card box. They hold two decks of cards (top and bottom). As my friend Randy would say, it facilitates dealing off the bottom of the deck…...

Here is how it works and the video is only 15 seconds….and of special note, the video thumbnail actually contains a thumbnail!

Pics 1 & 2 are the card boxes.

Pics 3 & 4 also include some other “regular” boxes plus one with a little removable tray thingie..

Pic 5 is all the unfinished boxes that are sitting in inventory…..waiting for a purpose…

Pic 6 is all the boxes I’ve built and still have….and I’ve given a dozen or so away…

I use a Japanese Dozuki saw to cut the end of the lid free from the side, but it leaves a thin gap:

So I’ve been gluing on a little filler piece and sanding them to suit to better keep the secret of the boxes:

Most of the materials used are re-purposed flooring, and cleaning up that material yields A LOT of this:

It occurred to me this thin little Birdseye scraps would make some cool inlay banding, I just push it thru the drum sander quick like and it’s good to go:

Here’s a little peek at the parts of the card box:

I have a mini CNC, so the boxes can be personalized…...that’s part of the reason I have a bunch unfinished, so I can just grab one and carve whatever I want. Here is an example from under the lid:

Material used in this latest batch: Birdseye maple, Cocobolo, Rosewood, Zebrawood, Padauk, Walnut, Tigerwood, Lacewood and probably one or two that I forgot. Most boxes have grain matching in all corners, which is done using book matched stock. A cool trick I learned from Doug Stowe.

Finish is Shellac and the Beall buffer…..

There is silent auction coming up to raise some funds for my sisters fight with cancer, so will be donating a few to the cause…...

I still have a good size stack of book matched stock, so might as well build a couple more ;>)

Thanks for looking.

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.





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ShaneA

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#1 posted 08-04-2013 06:04 PM

Good stuff Jeff. The logo design and execution is awesome.

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degoose

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#2 posted 08-04-2013 08:33 PM

Truly fabulous…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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sras

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#3 posted 08-04-2013 08:43 PM

Great project!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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DIYaholic

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#4 posted 08-04-2013 08:53 PM

You have been a busy, busy, busy little beaver!!! With even more work ahead….

Besides the “dealing off the bottom of the deck”...
The book matched stock & dual lids indicate a little “double dealing” going on!!!

The boxes look great (as all your projects do) and I’m sure they will sell very well at the “silent” auction.
However, I don’t think the auction will be totally silent…..
There WILL be plenty of “Ohhh’s & Ahhh’s”!!!

My best to your sister and may the auction bring in a lot more than just the “Ohhh’s & Ahhh’s”!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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boxcarmarty

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#5 posted 08-04-2013 11:24 PM

Did somebody say auction???

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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Roger

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#6 posted 08-05-2013 12:15 AM

Is this some sort of knock-knock joke??? LOL VEry Very kool Jeff

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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SPalm

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#7 posted 08-05-2013 12:31 AM

Love to your Sister. Yikes.

But wow, that is a boat load of boxes. Sweet. You are a machine.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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maplerock

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#8 posted 08-05-2013 02:51 AM

I love the little boxes. That is quite a body of work there. I like the various designs and little mysteries you are building into the boxes. The pictorial was quite helpful too.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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SgtRich

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#9 posted 08-05-2013 11:53 AM

intrigued.
Do you sell them outright?

very nice.

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#10 posted 08-05-2013 12:58 PM

WOW Jeff, awesome.
Gives new meaning to being boxed up in the basement. :-)
Super project, excellent execution. They are big hit.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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JL7

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#11 posted 08-07-2013 01:47 AM

Appreciate all the comments…..thanks. Rich – haven’t sold any, really not sure I want to turn that corner yet. Maybe some day…

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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Dave

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#12 posted 08-07-2013 03:03 PM

Jeff you are the Knock Box Man.
Nice work!
As always.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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JL7

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#13 posted 08-08-2013 12:08 AM

Thanks Dave…..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#14 posted 08-12-2013 08:40 AM

I would like to see the CNC router, I could not find it anywhere rummaging through your workshop

-- Regards Robert

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