I almost lost my marbles!

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Project by maplerock posted 350 days ago 941 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I like this box! I think it looks pretty good, and I’ve never seen one quite like it. It started with an idea… build a box for a brother in law that collects marbles. It’s about 12’ x 9” x 4” high.

I made smallish compartments to hold some of his favorites. It doesn’t really allow them to be displayed well though.

I put leather straps on it since it’s heavy when full of marbles (don’t tell my teenage son I cut one of his belts in half to make them.)

I wanted to put a big marble on top to illustrate that this is a marble box. I bought a couple of big marbles and then faced the dilemma of how to attach it to the lid. Option 1 was to drill a hole in the marble and insert a rod, drill a hole in the box top and epoxy it in. That didn’t work. Couldn’t drill the marble. Option 2 was to carve an indention into the box top and epoxy the marble in. Didn’t try that as I was leery of the marble holding onto the wooden top under stress. Option three… use a wooden ball, paint it like a marble and use a wooden dowell to attach it.

I chose option 3. It was kind of fun painting the “marble.” I think it came out pretty good.

The compartments came out pretty well, but upon clamping it all up, I worried that they are stressing the miter joints. They look good, but I guess only time will tell.

Finished with tung oil and minwax poly, I hope my brother in law likes it!

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

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#1 posted 350 days ago

Seeing all those marbles takes me back about 60 years. Great box. He should really be proud of it. I don’t think you’ll have much problems with the miter cuts since you have given it the support of the splines.
Really nice work.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 350 days ago

Jerry, for someone who has lost his marbles, you made a lovely box. Like the finish and the concept. How would a see through top and a shallow top tray do to display the prizes of the collection? The top marble looks great.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 350 days ago

Nice box. I love it.

-- Matt, Arizona

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#4 posted 349 days ago

That is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 348 days ago

Well done!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 346 days ago

Lovely box! Like those tight joints and splines. Great idea on the pull and the leather handles. Great job!

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#7 posted 340 days ago

Great paint job. I assumed you drilled a real marble until you fessed up.

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