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Project by Beorn posted 10-28-2013 04:09 AM 906 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I created this box at the request of a coworker. I was given specifications for size and a “natural” design, the rest was up to me. This box will serve as an urn so I kept the design simple and chose cedar for the warm tones. I also chose simple rabbited joinery.
The top and bottom are book matched and jointed and the sides are jointed from separate boards. I chose not to match the sides because I only had 1” lumber and I did not want to go thinner than 5/8” after finishing. The top and bottom pieces are both about 5/16”.
I wanted to do this project sans power tools but I had a devil of a time avoiding tear-out so I used a thickness planer to dimension the material and hand tools for every other step. I ripped the boards close to final dimension with a hand saw and planed to final width with a hand plane. I cross cut by hand and snuck up on final length with a shooting board. The grooves for the bottom were made with a chisel and a router plane. The hinge mortises were made the same way. The screws supplied with the hinges were too long so I filed them down with a medium mill file. I drilled the hinge screw holes with an egg beater drill and then used a full length screw to start the hole before switching to the filed screws. I chiseled a small chamfer on the front for a finger lift. I also chamfered the edges around the top and lid to help blend in the seam created by the top and lid. I used a card scraper to remove the planer marks and then sanded to 220 grit for a uniform appearance. I finished with bulls eye amber shellac applied with a foam brush and sanded with 220 grit. The second coat of shellac was followed by a rub down with 0000 steel wool and then a coat of minwax finishing wax buffed to a satin sheen.
If anyone spots a flaw in my finished product or technique please let me know. I’m fishing for criticism in order to become a better craftsman.

Thanks!

-- Try to learn something about everything and everything about something - Thomas Huxley





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jaykaypur

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#1 posted 10-28-2013 01:42 PM

Very nice work. Your co-worker should be more than happy with this. Good job.

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

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 10-28-2013 04:00 PM

You did a nice job on this box. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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RogerBean

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#3 posted 10-28-2013 04:14 PM

If you’re genuinely interested in becoming a better box maker, I would recommend four books. Each is touches on different aspects and approaches to box making, and all should be in any serious box maker’s library.

1. The Book of Boxes, Andrew Crawford, 1999 (available used or from smartBoxmaker.com)
2. Fine Decorative Boxes, Andrew Crawford, 2000, (available used or from smartBoxmaker.com)
3. The Complete Illustrated Book of Boxes, Doug Stowe, Taunton Press
4. Wooden Boxes, Dennis Zongker, Taunton Press, 2013

These cover the gamut of solid and veneer boxes and are IMHO, the best of the lot.

Roger

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

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BTimmons

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#4 posted 10-28-2013 04:16 PM

Looks good to me. You did a great job on the finish.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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Beorn

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#5 posted 10-28-2013 09:23 PM

Thanks everyone for the compliments! RogerBean, I will take a look at the books you reccomended, if thats what helped you create the projects you have posted I will be sure to pick them up sooner rather than later.

-- Try to learn something about everything and everything about something - Thomas Huxley

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RogerBean

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#6 posted 10-29-2013 01:42 AM

Beorn,
Thanks for the kind words. It was indeed Andrew Crawford’s books that got me started making boxes.
Roger

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

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