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I’m in a box building contest at SMC, what I was surprised to see is, there aren’t many boxes being done by hand. while I have to applaud the efforts of the guys using CNC’s and lasers, it also saddens me a bit to see hand made craftsmanship slipping into a PC. Anyway, here are some pics of my project, please enjoy.

This box is titled “John Henry”
My friend Paul Miller who I’d like to thank for all his help & advice through out this build suggested this title. John Henry was in a competition in the 1870’s to drill blasting holes for the railroad against a steam hammer. In the end, he won, but he fell down dead. Being that I’m up against so many modern machines and I do feel like I could fall down dead, I thought it was perfect. In this build every step was a hands on process, no automation was used. First I’d like you to see the final piece, then I’ll take you through the build. Please enjoy.

This is the logo being cut on Pauls 18th century Chevalet

This is the hand made inlay for the corner

This is a shot of the inside with the tray inserted.

-- What you listen to is your business...what you hear is ours.

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#1 posted 477 days ago

This is the inlays cut after the 7 layers are laminated together.

The rails & stiles are Domino’s (would have done M&T by hand but only 30 days to do the build.

Here’s Pauls incredible Chevalet for doing the Marquetry.

-- What you listen to is your business...what you hear is ours.

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#2 posted 477 days ago

What a beautiful box. I’m standing on your side of the machine vs handmade divide. That said I still won’t give up my tablesaw, bandsaw, planer, jointer, routers, lathe or other machines for certain operations

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

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#3 posted 477 days ago

Wow. Incredible box!

All you need now is a super-cute 3year old little doll to hold it while you take pictures of it and you’ll be a shoo in to win!

Maybe Shelly will let Payton be your model! :-)

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#4 posted 477 days ago

beautiful job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#5 posted 477 days ago

gourges box hope you win the fact that it was made by hand should definetly be considered by the judges. just hope to be that good someday machines or not.

-- Mcgyver

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#6 posted 477 days ago

Beautiful,beautiful box,great build.

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 477 days ago

Made by hand with sweat and love.
No programming required, the way woodworking was meant to be.

Good luck!!

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

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#8 posted 477 days ago

That’s craftsmanship, and it’s appearance rivals the appearance that is made with CNC and lazer work, in fact the asthetics of this project, looks better than a CNC version,

It’s hard to explain, but there seems to be something that shows with that box, that put’s it in a class all of it’s own, above CNC work.

The personal touch of handcraftness, just shows up in the looks of it

Very beautiful workmanship…..

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#9 posted 477 days ago

Very intricate … what a beautiful creation Humidor! You should win that box building contest hands down :) Best of luck to you!!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#10 posted 477 days ago

As an avid CNC fan I do have to agree with you as nothing beats hand craftsmanship when done like this project!

To steal and modify a line from a movie, ”I love the smell of birch in the morning.”

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#11 posted 477 days ago

Amazing work, masterful. Good luck in the competition.

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#12 posted 477 days ago

Very nice. I like how you changed the grain direction on the blades.

-- -Andy ~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~

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#13 posted 476 days ago

Great box, good luck on the contest.

-- Joel

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#14 posted 476 days ago

You made the box. That is the difference. Others might not know, but you do. That is what matters.

You do excellent work.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#15 posted 476 days ago

Looking good Bill…

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