My first box, for my little princess

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Project by gepatino posted 224 days ago 869 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My daughter (5) is learning some card games and as expected, Santa gave her a deck of cards.

I made her this little box to store her cards, or anything else she wants.

This is my very first box, the wood is lenga and the only power tools used were a palm sander and a drill. The wood was resawned from a 1 inch thick board and cut to length using a japanese pull saw (I’m extremelly happy with this saw, it’s amazing).

The hinges are just two steel nails, I was planning to use some magnets to keep it closed, but they got lost in the mail or something. Looking at other boxes I realized the notch to open the lid should be in the box and not the lid, but well, it’s my first box.

The unicorn was stamped using the most simple method I’ve found: print your design in a laser printer, then rub it (face down) with some nail polish remover and that’s it. Works great, fast, and cheap.


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#1 posted 224 days ago

That’s a nice little box and as long as she can get it open, then the notch is in the right spot. Neat trick with the unicorn.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#2 posted 224 days ago

This is a great first box and I am sure your daughter loves it. Keep on, keep Inge on!

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

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#3 posted 224 days ago

Great little box. I am sure she will enjoy it for many years.

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#4 posted 224 days ago

Gepatino, nice to hear from the South American contingent of Lumberland. I like your choice of logos. The transfer method sounds like a great idea. I am sure your daughter will treasure this work of love through the years. What you have done with the tools at your disposal is amazing and nice work. If you are looking for some additional ideas try the index on this post. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 224 days ago

I like the notch in the lid personally. Im going to have to try the nail polish trick as well….Nice box

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#6 posted 224 days ago

Do you ever have issues finishing the piece when using nail polish remover???

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#7 posted 223 days ago

Nice little box. I am sure at 5 she will find plenty of things to hide in it. Had not heard about nail polish remover, may have to give it a try.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#8 posted 223 days ago

thanks for your comments.

MattM24: I’ve transfered the drawing when the wood was ready for the first coat of finish (laquer) and was quite carefull with the first hand. Then I even sanded between coats and nothing happened. The unicorn is a bit blurry but I think it was because we were having fun transfering unicorns everywhere and were not very patient, but the laser toner lasted a couple of washes in some clothes, so I don’t think it’s too weak.


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#9 posted 223 days ago

que lindo encontrar coterraneos en este lugar. felicitaciones por tu trabajo. does she like the box? I can asume that.

-- Cancharanay, Exaltación de la Cruz, Argentina

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#10 posted 223 days ago

Gracias cancharanay! si, por suerte le gustó, principalmente por el unicornio :)


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#11 posted 223 days ago

cancharanay, your boxes are awesome! I’d love to make some of those with ‘secret locks’ and mechanisms, but still don’t have the skill. Will have to work harder.


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#12 posted 223 days ago

Very, very cool. That’s going to be a big hit. Thanks for the tip about the laser printer. I have a little princess too that wants ballerinas and Sophia stamped on everything too. Thanks for sharing!

-- "Sometimes the creative process requires foul language." -- Charles Neil.

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#13 posted 203 days ago

Excelente! Quedo muy bonito. Preciosas vetas las de la lenga…en esta parte no se conoce ese tipo de madera.
Contame exactamente que producto usaste para transferir la imagen, una vez intente pero no me dio resultado.
Tienes una sierra japonesa???? La conseguiste aqui en el pais? Yo tiempo atras estuve buscando algun lugar que vendieran pero no encontre nada.
Un abrazo desde el norte caluroso!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#14 posted 203 days ago

Switching to spanish to specify the transfer method and where I bought my japanese saws.


Para transferir la imagen use quitaesmalte de uñas, el común que tienen todas las mujeres en algún rincón del baño. El secreto parece ser imprimir la imagen en impresora laser, luego pones el papel sobre la madera con la impresion para abajo (si es texto tenes que invertirlo al imprimir), y le pasas quita esmalte por arriba del papel, frotando un poco con un algodón sin que se mueva. Se seca en segundos y no se borroneo al usar cetol, ni al lijar entre manos.

Tengo dos sierras japonesas, las compre en el año pasado y es increíble como cortan y con que prolijidad. Ahora puede ser un poco mas engorroso comprarlas por las restricciones a las compras por internet, pero valen la pena. Tengo estas dos:

Si queres lenga en tamaños no muy grandes, supongo que te puedo mandar por encomienda. Decime en que ciduad estas y que tamaños queres y averiguo como hacertela llegar y cuanto saldría. Por aca (San Martin de los Andes) es muy comun usar lenga para aberturas, puertas, escaleras y muebles (estos últimos bastante caros)



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#15 posted 147 days ago

Muy linda la caja Gepatino, es un hermoso regalo para una nena de 5 años. Tiene un diseño muy sencillo, y eso siempre es lo mejor cuando tenés una madera tan linda que se quiere mostrar.
Muy bueno el truco de la impresora láser y el dato de las sierras japonesas.

-- Our lives are marked and bound together by concentric rings. Martín - Argentina

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