Just a Plane Box for the Shop

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Project by shipwright posted 02-07-2014 01:03 AM 3959 views 11 times favorited 59 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first real hand tool project. I did use a table saw to rough size the stock and to cut the hinge groove but other than that not much noise was made. I rather liked the experience.

When I decided to try hand tools I built some wooden planes and they became the purpose for this “box full of experiments”. I have never tried to match all four corners in a continuous pattern before nor had I ever cut full blind dovetails but after the smoke cleared and the dust settled (figuratively of course) I think I’m pretty happy with the result. I will go the hand tool route again, perhaps often …. who knows.

Features include a “stealth” version of my integral wooden hinge design where I bent the veneer around the curves of the hinges and added a bits of veneer to follow into the hinge pockets, marquetry of my cypher and complete veneering to hide every scrap of the Poplar body of the box. (I’ve been combining my initials like this since I was about ten years old. Only last year did I discover that this is called a cypher and is a commonly used artists’ signature. .... Thanks Patrice !)

Veneers are 1/32” commercial sliced variety and include Zircote, Curly Maple, Cherry, Holly and a few bits of Amaranth and Osage Orange. All gluing is with hot hide glue and the finish is French polish. Marquetry was cut on my Az. chevalet.

I notice that I neglected to take a finished photo of the back view of the hinge. Here’s one during construction that will illustrate the above description.

Here is a build blog (where you can see that I did actually make the FBDT’s and that all four corners really do match up).

Thanks for looking in.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#1 posted 02-07-2014 01:10 AM

Really nice one. I particularly like the lid. You continue to add to your already remarkable repertoire.

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

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#2 posted 02-07-2014 01:11 AM

That will be an inspiration for projects to come. Fantastic!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 02-07-2014 01:24 AM

Absolutely awesome work! Glad it is a plane box, certainly not a plain box ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 02-07-2014 01:29 AM

Fantastic! You have just raised the bar for the rest of us!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#5 posted 02-07-2014 01:29 AM

Paul…this is completely amazing and full of awesomeness…Do you have any idea how many hours of enjoyment you put into it? sure looks like many…

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#6 posted 02-07-2014 01:38 AM

Really Outstanding….

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#7 posted 02-07-2014 01:48 AM

Paul, I expected something a little more elaborate from you. Just a plane box? You must have run out of time.
However, for a plane box it is fantastic.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#8 posted 02-07-2014 02:01 AM

this is such a beautiful project, one for you to be proud of, the box and tools are fantastic, its a real treat to see your talents in full use here..its one of those projects that its hard to quit looking at..a really fine accomplishment.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#9 posted 02-07-2014 02:06 AM


That was certainly NOT a ’plain’ box!


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#10 posted 02-07-2014 02:07 AM

Really nice Paul. I learn something new with every project and blog you post. Thanks

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#11 posted 02-07-2014 02:08 AM

Wow your dedication to perfection is an inspiration to all of us who are lucky enough to see your work. Thanks for posting Paul.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#12 posted 02-07-2014 02:41 AM

Nice work. That’s outstanding. I just went to your build blog.
A walk on the neander side is nice a quiet. Drop the sandpaper use a scraper and you’ll appreciate the lack of dust and really nice chatioance.

-- Jeff NJ

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#13 posted 02-07-2014 02:53 AM

Beautiful work, Paul! A great not plain plane box.

-- Pay heed all who enter: Beware of "the Phog" Rock Chalk, Jayhawk

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#14 posted 02-07-2014 03:07 AM

I had to come back and look a second time….. I was thinking that this really needs a lock of some kind to keep all those nice hand tools from spilling out all over the place… know what I mean….Just a thought….... Bob

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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#15 posted 02-07-2014 03:15 AM

This has to make the “Top One” for today’s entries.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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