Wonky Box with Teddy Bears (Niece just had a baby)

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Project by InsideTheBox posted 06-04-2014 02:18 AM 2418 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My niece and her husband just had a baby. They didn’t want to know the gender ahead of time and wanted to keep everything non-gender specific. Their colors were oranges, purples and greens, and their “motif” (you HAVE to have a motif!) was teddy bears.

Because my dog keeps escaping from the back yard, I am constantly buying new redwood pickets to keep him in. I cut one foot off the bottom of every picket, so I have a batch of one-foot redwood slabs. I tend to feel guilty wasting anything, so I sanded the pieces, glued four or five of them together, and experimented.

I love the wonky boxes posted on LJ, especially with the attitudes!, but I had to keep it generic, so I decided to give it personality via the front buttons.

Photo 3—Their last name is Lane. Thought they might like this personal touch.

Photo 4—I KNOW I’ve seen teddy bear buttons somewhere, but couldn’t find them anywhere so I made these. Used a tiny dowel sliced on the bandsaw, and hand sanded each little ear until my fingers were exhausted (from constantly dropping them, ouchh), a larger dowel for the head, and a walnut pen blank which I sanded down into a sort of dowel, rounded off and sliced one bear nose at a time. I stained them each so they wouldn’t look like polar bears… Glue-up was ridiculous but my Tite-Bond2 held until they set. I thought I must be crazy the whole time, until I saw the final product, and I think it worked! I hope they like it -

-- There's no such thing as a mistake; only a quick change of plans.

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#1 posted 06-04-2014 02:43 AM

OK, didn’t want to not give credit—my inspiration came from the fun boxes made by LJ meaded

-- There's no such thing as a mistake; only a quick change of plans.

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#2 posted 06-04-2014 03:20 AM

What a fun looking BS box. I have made several of that style but used regular knobs…I like your idea. What finish did you use?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 06-04-2014 03:27 AM

Hi Larry—I used a cherry stain, then about a billion—or maybe 3 or 4—layers of Varathane no odor polyurethane (semi-gloss), and still didn’t like the finish so I topped it with Rust-oleum crystal clear enamel (glossy). Sanded between coats 3,4 and 5. I’m really new at this, so if the rustoleum doesn’t play nicely with the varathane, well… I may never know.

-- There's no such thing as a mistake; only a quick change of plans.

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#4 posted 06-04-2014 08:30 AM

Awesome work. What are the dimensions?

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 06-04-2014 11:59 AM

Great bandsaw box. I love it!!

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

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#6 posted 06-04-2014 03:27 PM

I love the teddy bears. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 06-04-2014 06:30 PM

Awesome, great design

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#8 posted 06-04-2014 11:24 PM

COOL! I like it.

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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#9 posted 06-04-2014 11:52 PM

What a great box! Love the teddy bears!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 06-05-2014 12:07 AM

Thanks everybody! Monte – it’s about 3 inches from one side to the other, but it snakes, so it’s wider than it measures, and (roughly) 12 inches tall. I have very limited tools – not complaining!!! – but it definitely influences size.

-- There's no such thing as a mistake; only a quick change of plans.

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#11 posted 06-05-2014 09:19 PM

Beautiful band saw box! The details are top notch. Well done.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#12 posted 06-08-2014 09:03 PM

Really a cool touch with the home made knobs. It looks great.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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