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jmartel

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58 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: box box swap box swap 2014 swap 2014 wood trade

SEND ME A PM BY JULY 31st TO SIGN UP

I brought this up in the Mallet swap thread, but I think the next swap should be a box swap. Since the majority of the swaps have been tools, I figured that we could use a swap where we USE the tools that everyone has received in the previous swaps.

A box is a good item to swap because there are many many variations. You can do square boxes, turned boxes, bandsaw boxes, shaker boxes, dresser valets, etc. There are a ton of different joinery options to use as well such as dovetails, box joints, finger joints, miter joints, splined joints, rabbet joints, pinned joints, butt joints, etc. Additionally, they don’t use a ton of wood, so it is fairly inexpensive to make.

Requirements: The box and packaging for the box should fit inside a USPS Large Flat Rate box, which measures 12×12x5.5” inside. So, plan on a maximum size of roughly 10”x10”x4” to give you some room for packaging. You don’t have to use USPS, but it’s a good general guideline.

Cost: I don’t see this being a problem, but try to keep it under $75. The majority of the cost will likely be hardware if you decide to not make wooden hinges.

Design: Feel free to do whatever you like. Add drawers, add drop in trays, add locks, add dividers, add flocking/felt to the inside, etc. Whatever you like. Make it something decorative for inside the home, or something practical for storing shop tools.

Timeline: Sign up by sending me a Private Message by July 31st, please include your real name and address. This is based off of a recommendation from terry about how much spam he received at the LJswap gmail account from posting it here. Additionally, that will prevent junk filters from taking someone’s email away before the organizer can look at it.

A photo of the completed box should be sent to me by October 1st. Since you cannot send photos through PM’s, I will give you a personal email address beforehand that you can provide photos to. 3 months should be plenty of time to make a box. Once I receive a completed photo, I will assign names. All boxes should be mailed by October 7th.

Additionally, in the previous swaps for tools, people have also sent various other homemade items, local things, scraps of wood, and other random things. Not a requirement, but others have done so in the past so it may be worth doing.

If you need insparation, there are thousands of boxes on this site in the project section.

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palaswood

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#1 posted 58 days ago

I’m down for this one. I don’t know if this will conflict with the saw swap, but I don’t see why it should. 4 months is plenty of time to do both.. right?

I’m excited to hone my boxmaking skills this summer!

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA, http://instagram.com/palas_woodcraft#

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jmartel

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#2 posted 58 days ago

That’s kind of what I was figuring. Originally I wanted it to be after so that people could use their new saws, but at the same time, that starts getting into the normal Christmas ornament swap timeframe starting up.

If needed, you can crank out a pretty nice box in a single weekend, so I think 3 months is plenty of time for both swaps if people are wanting to participate in both.

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palaswood

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#3 posted 58 days ago

I know, i thought about that too jmartel – use the saw for the box but who knows what type of saw one will be getting. I’m excited since I’ve been wanting to nail down a method for quick box making that so far eludes me. This is my chance. I figure, make 3 or 4 boxes up until september, then use what I learned to make the final swap box. By then my joinery and technique would be MUCH improved.

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA, http://instagram.com/palas_woodcraft#

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RRBOU

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#4 posted 58 days ago

Count me in on this one also.

-- If guns cause crime all of mine are defective Randy

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cdaniels

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#5 posted 58 days ago

i’m in

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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jmartel

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#6 posted 58 days ago

Forgot to add that you should include your full name and address in the PM you send me.

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Slyy

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#7 posted 58 days ago

I’ll follow this closely,
Going to full time school and clinicals in the fall during the week and full time work on the weekends. Afraid that life might get CRAZY busy by I’d like to participate if I can.

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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Sanding2day

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#8 posted 58 days ago

PM Sent… Really enjoy these swaps! Now looking forward to “Christmas in October” :)

-- Dan

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Sanding2day

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#9 posted 58 days ago

Ran across this for those of you who may be interested and have the funds. Looks like a good bit of inspiration and information for $75 unfortunately outside my current budget so thanks be to Lumberjocks and Youtube…

http://www.shopwoodworking.com/box-making-value-pack?icid=SWWLeftAdKOTM060114

-- Dan

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PAJA

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#10 posted 58 days ago

Great lead Dan!
I’ve also been influenced by Peter Lloyd @ http://www.finehardwoodboxes.com

Great inspiration for wooden hinges and different types of box construction.

It’s where I got the idea for this little guy.

-- PAJA - Zootown, Montana "It's the Indian, not the arrow"

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Sanding2day

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#11 posted 58 days ago

Great box PAJA… Have always wanted to try the wooden hinges… Lloyd has quite a collection there! Was thinking my first bandsaw box but have had some Box Elder that I milled about a year ago and thinking that might make a nice box given its spalting. Decisions decisions…

-- Dan

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jmartel

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#12 posted 58 days ago

Everyone that’s sent me a message has been added thus far. Hopefully we get some cool boxes here.

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Wolfdaddy

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#13 posted 57 days ago

This will be a cool swap. Wish I had the time to join.

-- Your failures do not take away your possibilities.

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jmartel

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#14 posted 57 days ago

Cmon, wolfdaddy, I’m sure you can find a weekend to put a box together. They don’t take too long to make.

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Hammerthumb

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#15 posted 57 days ago

I really would like to be in this swap if I can find the time. I’ll let you know in a few days Jmartel.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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