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Project by maplerock posted 12-04-2013 03:27 AM 1412 views 11 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have had a box like this in my mind for a long time… then I saw Dan’um’s project “http://lumberjocks.com/projects/92287” I liked his design and the rest is history.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/92287

So, I started with a wide pine board…

Laid out some lines (inspired by a pair of Caddyshack paints I own)

And started cutting some dados. I decided to try to insert. walnut strips with as few cuts as possible. To do that I cut dados in one direction on a side then glued in the strips.

After the glue dried I cut the perpendicular groove and then glued it a long strip. Repeat… repeat… repeat!
I sanded the inlaid walnut smooth with the box’s surface.

The handle came after lots of decision making… finger lift? No. Pull tab? No. Then I thought of a rectangular block of walnut. I think it worked out well. It’s held in place by two 1” dowels.

For hinges I opted for surface mounts, due to the fact that I absolutely needed the walnut lines to match perfectly when it opened and closed. They did the trick.

So, I have a pretty neat pine box. Large enough to hold the paisley golf shoes that match my Caddyshack pants.

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





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

A truly great piece

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-04-2013 04:13 AM

Nice creation Jerry ,I like it .

-- Kiefer 松

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#3 posted 12-04-2013 04:49 AM

Very nice Jerry…! Your inlays really enhance the box.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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#4 posted 12-04-2013 05:30 AM

Unique idea. The walnut really shows off.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#5 posted 12-04-2013 06:15 AM

Beautiful piece!
Love it!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 12-04-2013 09:10 AM

Great box with some really niec visual interest….Well done….

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

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#7 posted 12-04-2013 10:27 AM

Jerry, I really like the choice you made for the lift. It looks great and fits the design. I take it that the handle is extended beyond the surface of the box by the dowels. Interesting concept.

This box keeps reminding me of an old steamer trunk with its metal or wooden straps for reinforcement and ropes to hold it shut. This design really grabs the eye. Nice work.

This is an especially effective job of photography. That really enhances this posting. You sure do have photography down pat.

As a side note, your link to the other box doesn’t work. You may want to edit that. I am surprised you didn’t pass along the tape trick to hold things in place while you added the hinges.

It is not every Lumber Jocks posting that includes fashion advice like this. What hat and shirt do you recommend wearing with plaid pants and paisley shoes? Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 12-04-2013 11:10 AM

really cool design here, thanks for including the “how-to” for inserting the inlays. At first glance I thought you cut out each individual joint, man am I glad I read the whole post!

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

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#9 posted 12-04-2013 11:44 AM

Good looking project. Beautiful contrast and design. The pine and walnut really make each other pop. I see this as a fun way to use up some of the cutoff strips of nice lumber. Good idea. Thanks

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning. Vernon

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#10 posted 12-04-2013 11:52 AM

Great looking box, he contrasting colours really make it plus excellent craftsmanship …. awesome.

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

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#11 posted 12-04-2013 02:48 PM

Great box. Nice design Plaid ain’t bad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 12-04-2013 02:51 PM

This is a beautiful box and I love the design. You’ve done a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#13 posted 12-04-2013 03:15 PM

Great looking box, well done.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#14 posted 12-04-2013 03:34 PM

Cleverly coordinated. In spirit and substance.

DanP

-- Dan P.

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#15 posted 12-04-2013 03:37 PM

Very nice box. I love the lift, good design. Thankyou for putting feet on your box. A nice box needs foots.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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