Multi Purpose 2x4 Entry - New Old Box

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Project by shaun posted 01-20-2008 06:05 AM 3940 views 7 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was a challenge for a couple of reasons. First, it took me forever to decide what to build. Second, because I’ve never attempted to build a small wooden box before. I have to say my hat is off to those of you who build those incredible boxes that you find all over this site. I’m much more accustomed to building things on a larger scale where if your cut is off by say 1/8” it’s realy not an issue. Being off by 1/8” on a small box can be a pretty big deal.

So here it is, it’s an 8 foot construction grade 2×4, the colors are minwax Sedona Red and Golden Pecan with 4 coats of shellac and 3-4 coats of paste wax over that. My wife loves its, she’s got a spot for it in the living room all picked out already, go figure? I keep telling her “honey, it’s just a 2×4”.

I blogged some of the construction here.

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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#1 posted 01-20-2008 06:08 AM

Good luck!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 01-20-2008 06:17 AM

Killer lil 2×4 box. Love the colors and contrast. Wish I had the time/money make an entry….have a killer idea, but. Oh well, Good luck.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#3 posted 01-20-2008 06:19 AM

Adrain – Lets hear the idea. Maybe someone will make it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 01-20-2008 08:13 AM

wow…this is amazing…is it entereed in both categories???

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 01-20-2008 09:02 AM

I bought a can of that Sedona Red, as I just knew that I would find a cool place to use a color of that name. I am quite impressed with your project. I think you will do well in the competition. Welcome to the world of boxes, it is a rather addictive habit to feed. At some point someone will start a recovery program for us on LJ. I have made a bunch of boxes, but I don’t think I have ever posted any of them as projects. Something to do someday. Most of them were gifts to family, and I don’t have photos. Have to get the photos or it doesn’t exist someone said on LJ once.


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#6 posted 01-20-2008 10:11 AM

Shaun, that is a great looking box – hard to believe it’s made from 2×4s – who would have thunk it?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 01-20-2008 10:56 AM

That’s one heck of a project Shaun. To have envisaged and then carried out the complexities of such a panelled box was a real task. The contrast in the colours is great too! Good luck.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#8 posted 01-20-2008 12:15 PM

very nice work shaun, hope you do well with it !

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#9 posted 01-20-2008 12:15 PM

Very nice box, even without the limitations of the contest. To think it comes from a 2×4 makes it even a bit more special.

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#10 posted 01-20-2008 12:20 PM

that does NOT look like it is made from “just a 2×4”. I’d be having a special place ready for it as well!!!
It’s gorgeous. LOVE those insert sections.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#11 posted 01-20-2008 02:02 PM

Great looking box … “Just a 2×4” ... great line.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#12 posted 01-20-2008 02:23 PM

Shaun, I just love small wooden boxes – and one made from a 2×4 – Wow!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#13 posted 01-20-2008 03:20 PM

Verry nice 2×4. A lot of thought went into the use of limited material. and a great finish. “A tip of the hat to you sir”

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#14 posted 01-20-2008 04:37 PM

Great box, Shaun. I like the frame and panel look. Lots of shadow lines to keep the eye moving over the piece. The color combo worked out really well. Well done.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#15 posted 01-20-2008 06:14 PM

I lkie it !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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