Cherry box with maple lid

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Project by SFDCapt posted 10-06-2013 12:27 AM 1480 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a box I made for my wife’s Aunt. Her grandfather used to make furniture in a shop on the family property. Four years ago my wife and I bought the property to keep it in the family and ensure that my wife’s grandmother could spend her final years in the house she grew up in. On the property are a couple dilapidated barns, one was my wife’s great-grandfather’s shop and the other a barn where he stored his lumber. The shop is 90% collapsed and the barn is 25% collapsed. This past spring (March 2013) I found a good size pile of rough cut lumber in the old barn. Most was cherry, some maples, some walnut. I decided to make a box out of this lumber for my wife’s Aunt, who grew up on the property and spent her youth watching her grandfather make furniture in the shop.

The box is 14”x6” as I recall. The sides and bottom are all solid clear cherry and the top has a raised panel made from birdseye maple. The finish is Minwax Wipe on Poly, over ten coats as the wood was very dry. The brass hardware came from Home Depot off the self, nothing special but fit the box well. This was the first project I made in the small shop I set up after reclaiming our one car garage. As I hadn’t ever done any serious woodworking since shop class in high school (25 yrs. ago) I was quite pleased with how this came out. More importantly my wife’s Aunt was very emotional about receiving the box, especially when she found out all the wood was her grandfather’s.

-- Making dust and taking names!

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#1 posted 10-06-2013 12:55 AM

Very nice job.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#2 posted 10-06-2013 01:11 AM

What a extra nice box for your wife’s aunt.

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#3 posted 10-06-2013 01:16 AM

Thanks guys. I enjoyed making it.

-- Making dust and taking names!

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#4 posted 10-06-2013 01:35 AM

Very nice.

Welcome to LJs.

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#5 posted 10-06-2013 02:43 AM

Looks very nice. It’s always special when the wood came from a special place or meant something to someone well done!

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#6 posted 10-06-2013 02:12 PM

very nicely done- where you buy the hardware doesn’t matter nearly as much as how you install it!! and it looks great!

I especially like the raised panel lid and feet on the corners, an added touch

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#7 posted 10-06-2013 02:24 PM

Great job on this, Has a very clean look.

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

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#8 posted 10-06-2013 02:26 PM

This is definitely a beautiful box.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 10-06-2013 04:55 PM

You have a talent for boxes. I have a suspicion you will soon be moving up to smartHinges and neatLocks. LOL I like your box.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#10 posted 10-07-2013 12:04 AM

I like the look of those smart hinges, will have to look for a supplier here in the states.

-- Making dust and taking names!

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#11 posted 10-07-2013 12:19 AM

Wood with a history is always the best! Nice job and a thoughtful gift that will be treasured.

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

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#12 posted 10-08-2013 04:36 PM

That’s one beautiful and special box. The top is gorgeous and like the legs. I’m sure she will be very happy. Great work!

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#13 posted 10-08-2013 04:41 PM

There’s only one source for the smartHinges. it’s Andrew sends them directly from England in a couple days for less than UPS delivery in the US. These are the only hinges I use any more. Life is too short to struggle with cheap hinges.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#14 posted 01-22-2014 12:55 AM

This is really nice. Nice miters, nice wood hinges. Lotsa gr8 details. Nice build.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#15 posted 01-22-2014 01:00 AM

Thanks Roger

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