Making boxes. #2: Two towers of boxes.

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Blog entry by degoose posted 06-08-2015 10:19 AM 3391 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: From slab to box... Part 2 of Making boxes. series Part 3: Lids. »

Now half way through the order for 45 boxes… update now 47 on order… This is what 20 boxes start out as…

The camphor began as a slab… after dressing and resawing to just under 10 mm the boards are cut in a specific sequence to ensure the grain runs all 4 corners.

Dovetail joints of course… the tails have been cut…

After the pins are cut the carcasses are assembled… ready for the grooves to be cut inside top and bottom… to receive the ply wood base and the book matched panels of the top…

A different view of the towers… And here in the foreground you can see the ones made last week…

Including one of the finished boxes…

Finally a selection of different box carcasses I am making on my own account… not ordered… for sale… The Gifkins Dovetail Jig is certainly getting a royal workout…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 06-08-2015 11:17 AM

Sounds like the old man is getting a workout too.
That is quite the towers of boxes you have there. Neat.

Well done,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 06-08-2015 11:29 AM

Looking spectacular Larry,

A terrific effect with the flowing grain
I can almost smell them from here.

While you are on a roll why stop with just the order !
Are you using the Gifkins supplied bits to cut the grooves?

-- Regards Rob

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 06-08-2015 11:34 AM

I love the way you are matching the grain.

I really need to man-up and work on some dovetails.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 06-08-2015 11:37 AM

Phew! Looks like a lot of work, just moving them around and stacking them all!
Well Accomplished so far my Friend, your determination is Inspiring!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 06-08-2015 12:08 PM

You sure know how to stay busy, Larry!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 06-08-2015 12:31 PM

Larry, you love what you do, you do it well, you do wonderful work, and you are ever productive. I always love to see what you are up. These are beautiful boxes.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 06-08-2015 12:44 PM

Way to go , Larry, That Camphor sure is pretty wood! The end is in sight!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Gene Howe

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#8 posted 06-08-2015 12:59 PM

Very nice work and, a whole lot of it.
Do you sleep?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#9 posted 06-08-2015 02:27 PM

Larry…That is a large stack of boxes and you are doing a fantastic job organizing them during the entire building process. The camphor sure has some nice grain to it and you are doing them justice with each box.

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#10 posted 06-08-2015 02:43 PM

Making some great progress, Thats alot of boxes! Great job.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 06-08-2015 05:04 PM

looking good

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#12 posted 06-08-2015 09:53 PM

You are the man!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#13 posted 06-08-2015 10:59 PM

looking great larry. the chalk lettering is definitely a great way to keep em all organized. Best of luck getting them all finished!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#14 posted 06-09-2015 01:28 AM


-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#15 posted 06-09-2015 01:35 AM

Larry, good looking wood and plenty of work for you!
Just don’t box yourself in!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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