Carved wooden box handles...

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by Timer posted 12-26-2011 07:00 AM 2961 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Timer's profile


5 posts in 2371 days

12-26-2011 07:00 AM

I would like to build several large boxes that have handles on the sides. What I’m looking to do is to use 3/4” material for the box, and then add a small piece that will sort of bump out from the side which will be hollow underneath to slide your fingers up in, and will also taper into the side so it looks like it grew right out of the box itself. What I’m thinking is that I’ll make a template that so I can rout a hollow into the box, and then glue the “handle” portion in place over the hollow. I’m ok with a little sanding and feathering in of the handle to make the transition smooth, but I’d prefer to have the bulk of it pre-shaped. My biggest problem is how to shape the handle first. I’m just brainstorming, and the act of writing this has helped. If anyone understands what I’m talking about and has any ideas, I’m all ears. (eyes?)

3 replies so far

View Waldschrat's profile


505 posts in 3463 days

#1 posted 12-26-2011 12:42 PM

I would use a larger (or longer) chunk of wood for each just to make handleing easier and safer. The bottom where the fingers would go, i would suggest a template that you can screw on to the waste of the piece (maybe left or/and right of the “hole” for the grip), then using another template for the top and sides, draw on the shape and using a band saw or hand saw cut as close to the form as you can and then using a band sander (stationary or portable) shape the rest out, or use chisels to shape the rest, which ever suits you.

That would probably be the quickest way.

You could consider using a double width (adding a bit in the middle for saw blade thickness) and route out the “pocket,” Shape the top or sides as best you can then cut in half and do the finish and fine sanding.

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

View Timer's profile


5 posts in 2371 days

#2 posted 12-26-2011 04:34 PM

Thanks, Nicholas. I’m considering using some flush mounted handles, but the idea of them being all wood and looking carved into the side is so much more elegant… Alas, sometimes profitability must be considered. I’ve toyed with the idea of just cutting hand holes in the sides, but that bugs me – when the box is packed full you can’t barely stick your hand in. Plus, there are two big holes in the sides of your box.

View Jim Finn's profile

Jim Finn

2658 posts in 2949 days

#3 posted 12-26-2011 05:57 PM

that is a good idea to have the handles blended into the box. I have been just attaching blocks to the sides of my trunks and this does work, but your idea is a good one. I plan to try that.

-- Website is No PHD just a DD214 and a GED

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics