First Spline Box

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Project by Chad256 posted 259 days ago 801 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey to all my fellow LJ’s, I know it’s been a while but I’m still not at 100% after my second back surgery. Ok, enough of that mess…..

This is my first splined box. Made from solid cherry. This was a rough sawn piece so I didn’t have a clue what the wood would turn out to be. Boy was I happy. This is some of the most beautiful cherry I have ever seen. It has some curl and some dark veining. On the inside of the lid I burnt “More”. This was a gift and that was what they wanted so I’ll just leave it at that (not my story to tell). The splines are made from the same stock because the customer didn’t want a contrasting wood. The hinges were from Rockler and have the 90 degree stop so there was no use for a support chain. Well worth the money. The finish is a couple of coats of Danish oil and several coats of spray on poly then some hand wax.

Anyway, thanks for taking the time and reading my post. I welcome all comments good and bad. Keep in mind that this was my first spline box so be gentle lol.

Thanks to Big Al aka. Boxguy for all the helpful blogs and tips!

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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#1 posted 259 days ago

Great looking box, really cool cherry,nice splines. Hope the back heals well.

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

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#2 posted 259 days ago

That’s some beautiful wood! Nice box too. Good choice on making the splines out of the same wood, a subtle difference. A contrasting color might have taken away from the beauty of the box instead of adding to it. Good job!

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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#3 posted 259 days ago

One beautiful looking box. You are right, that piece of cherry shows a lot of justice. You done a great job for recovering from a second back surgery. Just standing long enough to accomplish anything can become an effort. I know. Great job.

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

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#4 posted 258 days ago

bugs- Thank you for the well wishes!
bygrace- I agree on the splines. At first I wasn’t but I loved how it turned out. Thank you for your wonderful comment.
doubleDD- Thanks man, I’m doing well. I hope to start turning them out more often.

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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#5 posted 258 days ago

Chad, thanks for the kind shout out. I like your work here, and the wood is beautiful. You have done it justice. I would have attached the lid and cut the top a little deeper…less tendency to warp with humidity changes.

I’ve been there on the back surgery. Keep walking, keep moving, do some hills. It helps me. There is no part of your body that is not connected to your lower back…especially when it hurts. Sure is joyous when you can get back to doing some of the things you love again, isn’t it? Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 258 days ago

Very nice job, I really like it.

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#7 posted 257 days ago

great looking box,the cherry is beautiful.
hope your recovery keeps going well!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#8 posted 256 days ago

Thank you all for the great comments. Also a special thanks to those that sent me well wishes on my back. I’ve healed enough to make sawdust and even going through a major shop upgrade! Anyways I hope to be posting more soon. Thank you LJs!

-- -- Chad -- T&C Woodworks

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#9 posted 249 days ago

Very Nice Chad and Merry Christmas

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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