First box

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Project by Goodsh posted 211 days ago 882 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m pretty new to woodworking. This is my first attempt at a box – a keepsake box for my daughter. It is made of cherry and hard maple and finished with Danish Oil. Overall I’m fairly happy with it but I definitely think I could make limprovements in the next one. Oh well…my wife and daughter think it’s perfect so I won’t share my self-criticisms (of which there are many…) with them!

What I learned – don’t cheap out on butt hinges and also a great trick from fellow LJ’ers to put wax on brass screws to help them go in. Every practice one I did either stripped or broke until I waxed them.

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#1 posted 211 days ago

nice work man!

-- "the hard jobs will take a while..the impossible will take a bit longer"

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#2 posted 211 days ago

Very nice.

-- An oak tree is just a nut that stood it's ground.

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#3 posted 211 days ago

Very nice box,,,how diid you make your lid? How is the cherry mounted in the maple? I like the joints of the box.

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#4 posted 211 days ago

Beautiful box for a first…thanks for sharing

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

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#5 posted 211 days ago

Thanks guys! The lid is a raised panel fitting into a dado in the sides. I glued the box with the top and bottom inserted and then cut off the top afterwards. It’s three pieces of scrap cherry 1/4 inch thick that I edge glued. I didn’t feel comfortable trying the tablesaw or router (no router table) for such a thin piece and I don’t have a rabbet plane so I just used my Veritas bevel up jack plane and eyeballed to plane the bevel. By doing it that way it doesn’t have the crisp lines you’d normally have with a raised panel but I kind of like it.

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#6 posted 211 days ago

Great looking Box!!!!

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#7 posted 211 days ago


Nice box. Good design and execution. You did well improvising with the plane to bevel the top.

Keep up the good work.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#8 posted 210 days ago

Goodsh, nice work. I like the design elements on the corners and the inlay. Looks like you have most of the basic techniques mastered. It certainly looks better than my first box. You may find some of the tips offered at the end of this posting to be of interest. Just scroll to the bottom of the post. They are listed by topic. Keep boxing and keep posting. You might want to take a look at the posting about cutting off the box top.

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 210 days ago

Great looking box, if family is happy, then all is good. Another great tip is to get same size steel screws, and screw them in first, then change out to brass screws.

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

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#10 posted 210 days ago

Looks great!
Building boxes is very addicting, enjoy.

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#11 posted 207 days ago

Excellent design on 1st box.

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#12 posted 166 days ago

Really sophisticated for a first box! I really like the pins/dowels. That’s a really good look for that box.

-- Matt, California.

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