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JADobson

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09-25-2018 07:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: boxes box box of your dreams

Hey all –
We have threads for all sorts of things here but lately I’ve noticed some really nice boxes being built and thought that we needed a box specific thread. Show everyone what you are working on. Design process, build photos, finished product whatever!

To get things started here are two of my favourite builds.

This first one I built a few years ago as a birthday present for my wife. It is spalted birch and walnut. Sometimes I think it is a bit too busy now with all that spalting but I still really like it. It was my first original designed project.

The lid is pierced and lightly carved and just lifts off. Inside you’ll find a sliding till with dovetailed corners.

Finally the legs are curved on two sides and the box sides are mortised and tenoned into the walnut posts. The bottom of the box and the interior are lined with felt.

My second box is one I just finished recently and is a pen presentation box. Cool story, a flooring restoration contractor contacted me to see if I could make some pens out of some flooring. He was working on a house that had 100 year old QSWO floors that had been installed by the client’s grandfather. Part of it had been damaged and had to be removed. The client wanted something made from the removed floor for a memento (I’m not sure why but the house ended up being torn down so that made the desire for the memento even stronger). I agreed to make the pens but told the contractor that he’d lose the quarter sawn face as soon as the pen was turned. He immediately saw the problem and asked if I had any ideas to showcase the grain. I came up with this presentation box.

The corners are mitred together to make a grain match all the way round the box.

Inside you’ll find the two pens that I made from the same boards.

This box was fumed with ammonia and finished with shellac.

Anyway, show us all your boxes and tell their stories.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks


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Dark_Lightning

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#1 posted 09-26-2018 02:59 AM

That’s a damned nice example of fumed white oak, right there! I’ve made a bunch of boxes, but haven’t published many of them (or much else, honestly, because my camera skills are shite). I now have a stabilized cell phone camera, and will likely post more pics in the near future. I think that a dedicated box forum would be a good thing. That’ll have to be run by the management, of course.

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#2 posted 09-26-2018 02:16 PM

I’ve made a few. I really enjoy nice boxes. Haven’t done any in a while, though.

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EDIT: weird that the widget isn’t working. If you Click them the projects will show up still though.

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JADobson

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#3 posted 09-26-2018 02:27 PM


I ve made a few. I really enjoy nice boxes. Haven t done any in a while, though.

- jmartel

Wow that marquetry work is fantastic, especially the whales. I’m planning some veneer work on my next box but that won’t be for a little while yet. I was planning on using hide glue and hammer veneering it. How’d you do yours?

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#4 posted 09-26-2018 02:56 PM

You would only hammer veneer it if you are doing solid sheets of veneer. No marquetry. Just use a metal plate that you heat up beforehand when clamping the veneer down. Keeps the glue warmer longer while you apply clamps.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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JADobson

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#5 posted 09-26-2018 03:26 PM

Yeah, just planning solid sheets for now.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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Steve

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#6 posted 09-26-2018 03:37 PM

I’ve been wanting to try my hand at a bandsaw box. What size blade is the normal go to for them?

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#7 posted 09-26-2018 03:47 PM

Those look great! I’ve just done my first couple of boxes. I can’t say this one was my design, but I thought it would be fun to try and I’m happy with the results. Mini-style of Japanese Toolbox made with maple and walnut, finished with BLO.

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JADobson

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#8 posted 09-26-2018 03:50 PM

That mini toolbox looks great. I’ve built a full-sized one (in my projects) and love it but a mini is definitely on my to-do list.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#9 posted 09-26-2018 04:16 PM

its cool

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#10 posted 09-26-2018 04:49 PM

Afraid the ones I do aren’t quite as fancy..

And the back view.

And maybe something like these..

And another view..

Try one more..

And open the lid..

First one was out of Cherry, second one out of Maple…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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JADobson

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#11 posted 09-26-2018 07:57 PM

They don’t all have to be fancy Bandit. It only needs to be as good as it needs to be. The maple box, is that all frame and panel?

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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Woodknack

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#12 posted 09-26-2018 09:03 PM

I really like boxes, they are pure potential, but have only made a few. Here is one of my favorites. Sorry for the terrible quality pic.


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EDIT: weird that the widget isn t working. If you Click them the projects will show up still though.
- jmartel

I think you can fix it by clicking edit and resaving, IIRC, it has something to do with a server glitch from some years back.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#13 posted 09-27-2018 12:52 AM

This was an (almost) one day box build I did during the box swap. It was made quickly to help out a friend. I really like making boxes. They are by far my favorite projects to do. My philosophy is boxes are the basis for all wood working. If you can make boxes, that skill will translate into all your work. Joinery, measurements, finishes and assembly. Besides, they are useful and just plain fun!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#14 posted 09-27-2018 01:27 AM

For a band saw box, I would probably use a 1/8” blade, for intricate work .. I use 3/4” stock on all my small boxes. my 5”x5 1/2” have mitered corners and my 7”x9” & 7”x11” have locking mitered corners. I currently have on my staining bench 5 of my 7”x9” red oak boxes. And on my work bench 5 of my 6 1/2”x7” mahogany w/pine corner posts. The first picture is a memorial box from a year ago.

This is a 16”x16”x24” paneled pine toy box w/a aromatic cedar lid. This one I made recently.

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Lazyman

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#15 posted 09-27-2018 03:42 AM

I’ve been wanting to make some more boxes. Only one worth showing is not a fancy show box but was a fun puzzle box that uses a magic wand with a rare earth magnet to unlock it .

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-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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