Multi-purpose boxes

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Project by JeremyPringle posted 02-12-2014 10:23 PM 1534 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A while ago I was asked to make a prototype poker chip box for a client. I made this curly maple box to show him. However, we could not come to an agreement and that’s as far as it went.

I liked the size and shape quite a bit, and had some cool woods laying around, so I decided to make some more. Curly cherry, crotch walnut, spalted maple, curly cherry with shell inlay, curly oak, then closer pics of the walnut and cherry boxes.

The oak and walnut lids are just oiled, the maple and cherry lids are shellac’ed and buffed. I even took a few of them to the shows I did at Christmas time. If you can see it… there is a gouge in the lid of the shell box. I set up my display, went for a coffee and came back… someone had gouged the lid…. not impressed.

Since none of them sold, I get to keep them for myself. I am calling them multi-purpose boxes because I am currently using them for all sorts of things, none of which is holding jewellery.

Thanks for looking in.

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#1 posted 02-12-2014 10:58 PM

Great work!!
Sorry to hear about someone damaging your lid. I would have brow beat the guy at the next table if he was also selling boxes!!

-- Measure twice and try not to cut your thumbs off!

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#2 posted 02-12-2014 11:10 PM

Attractive boxes.

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

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#3 posted 02-13-2014 12:53 AM

Elegant boxes!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#4 posted 02-13-2014 01:40 AM

They all look very nice but I think I like the Spalted one on the top right the best. It would be nice to sell them but I’m sure it wasn’t hard having to keep them either :) Well done!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#5 posted 02-13-2014 04:10 AM

Hey Jeremy, I seem to be my best customer too. I have some very nice boxes around the shop with planes, sharpening gear, and pencils etc. in them. It beats the hell out of trying to sell them …. and I get to have a satisfied customer.

Those are very nice and having them around will give you the old warm feeling when you use them.

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

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#6 posted 02-13-2014 01:04 PM

Looking good

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#7 posted 02-13-2014 01:11 PM

Hi Jeremy, These are beautiful boxes. The curly cherry and the walnut crotch are my favorites. It’s really hard to figure what gets people off their money. I agree with Paul, I end up being my best customer too or end up giving them away as gifts. I can spend 6 to 10 hours on a box or a nice bowl and can’t get $5 an hour for it but I can spend 30 minutes making a pen and sell it for $50.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#8 posted 02-13-2014 01:36 PM

Very nice work. Wood selection is awesome. I especially like the spalted lid.
Your hardware selection certainly compliments the walnut crotch box. Very classy.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#9 posted 02-13-2014 03:54 PM

Those look awesome. LOVE curly maple. Great job

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#10 posted 02-13-2014 08:06 PM

Nice looking boxes, good grain and color.

-- Tom D

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#11 posted 02-14-2014 01:45 AM

Those are all great. I honestly can’t pick a favorite.
I can’t sell boxes either but I often include one as a “perk” for people who buy my overpriced chairs. They seem very appreciative. Little do they realize that there is a lot more work in the boxes.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 02-18-2014 03:33 PM

They are all pretty and well made. Great variety of well finished woods and the joints are awesome. They make great gifts to family and friends. Great work!

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