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Project by PoohBaah posted 175 days ago 1010 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Long time gawker first time poster. I made this walnut and maple box for my father in-law for Christmas. It was the first box that I have ever made and I am proud of it. All the pictures are in the house bc it’s been a cold winter here in Indiana. Also that is Leroy my shop dawg

I got the plan from Shopsmith

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 175 days ago

Very beautiful as the first box, compliments.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#2 posted 175 days ago

Good going there PoohBaah. What part of frozen Indiana do you hail from, I too live here in this frozen Tundra of Ft. Wayne.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#3 posted 175 days ago

Thanks, I live in Buffalo.

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#4 posted 175 days ago

I think it is really nice, and obviously Leroy approves!

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#5 posted 175 days ago

Very well done, and a big welcome to Lumberjocks.

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

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#6 posted 175 days ago

The box looks great! I like the different size splines and angled sides. By the way, my dog won’t come close to entering my shop, but my cat loves it – go figure.

-- Andy, Waxahachie, Tx.

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 175 days ago

Great looking box. Good shop security

Welcome to Lumberjocks

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#8 posted 175 days ago

That is very nice! You should be proud and keep up the good work.
PS…I have a “bench dog” also…

-- Dennie - Tennessee - Every Pro was once an Amateur. Every Expert was once a Beginner. So dream Big and start Now!

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#9 posted 174 days ago

Pooh-Baah, welcome to Lumberland. Leroy is a beautiful Lab. This box is a wonderful opening act. I like the slanted sides, use of splines and inset top. The liner is well done too. Looks like walnut with perhaps ash or maple for sides?

It helps if you give readers dimensions in your posts. It is impossible to gauge proportions from most photos.

Is Buffalo in Northern Indiana? I live in the most southern part of the state, right across from Kentucky. Always glad to meet a fellow Hoosier on the site.

Looks like you have mastered all the basics and then some. In the spirit of LJ sharing, you might want to look at some of these postings if you have a little time on a snowy evening. The spline jigs and the 45 cutting jig might be of interest and could save you some time if you are going to make quite a few more boxes. The strap hinge tutorial may also be of interest. These hints are arranged by topic.


Tutorials: For methods used to make boxes like those pictured above just click on the blue links below. They are arranged by topic.

Combining Wood Colors:
Jig for 45ing corners:
Routers and Rounding edges
Why round box corners?
Organizing a glue-up table:
$5 band clamps:
Making splines with a simple jig:
Adding splines to a box:
Making a jig to cut spline slots:
Measuring for spline slot cuts:
Installing an attached top: like that pictured above.
Cutting off the box top and sizing piano hinges
Adding finger indents:
More about finger indents.
Mortising and installing hinges:
Tips on making trays: for inside boxes:
Finishing tips:
Swapping Wood By Mail:

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 174 days ago

Thanks everyone!!

Buffalo is just North of Monticello, you know good old Indiana Beach. Haha

Leroy likes hanging out and waiting for cut offs to shred into toothpicks.

It’s maple with a walnut veneer.

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Steve Kreins

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#11 posted 174 days ago

I love it! I have to do all my cutting out in the covered patio and I’m praying for a warm spell. So much to do and so little time!

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#12 posted 174 days ago

BoxGuy has some excellent tutorials. I read everyone. He is still a teacher.

PoohBaah, A lot of difficult features for a first box. My first box had butt joints and nails!

-- Correlation is not causation but I did loose my Doctor !!!

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#13 posted 174 days ago

It’s a very nice box. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#14 posted 173 days ago

Howdy ho, Neighbor! That is an excellent looking first box. For Real! Also, Leroy is one handsome boy!

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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