Gifkin style sliding lid boxes

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Project by wyeth posted 08-02-2014 03:49 AM 2858 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made some sliding top pencil boxes for two of my grandchildren recently using my Gifkin jigs for the dovetailing and shaping. Now I have just finished these three for the other grandchildren.
The logos were printed using a offset inkjet method and finished with a wiping varnish mix including tung oil and poly then finished with a waxing.

-- David Australia

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#1 posted 08-02-2014 10:21 AM

Very nice. Those are sweet looking boxes and the names also look great too. I am sure they will love them.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#2 posted 08-02-2014 11:03 AM

Nice work, grandpa. These are sure to be heirlooms.

Thanks for sharing them.

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#3 posted 08-02-2014 01:36 PM

As a fan of pencil boxes, I really like these.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 08-02-2014 02:07 PM

These are all very nice looking. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 08-02-2014 04:22 PM

Great build for an excellent cause.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#6 posted 08-03-2014 05:58 AM

Thankyou all.
Roger- given the high standard of your work it is very encouraging to recieve your comment.I keep returning to Andrew Crawford’s site and book with jaw dropping admiration and was fascinated to see your eBooks there today.

-- David Australia

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#7 posted 08-03-2014 08:38 AM

Nice work David, the kids should love them.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 08-03-2014 10:28 AM

The praise you received from everyone is well deserved. Many of us have come to box making under the influence of Andrew; either his fine books or his personal tutelage. Others through his fine hardware, which I use exclusively.

I was also taken with your use of printing on your boxes. Those who resort to laser engraving and cnc carving on boxes apparently do so thinking that it produces the impression of elegance and quality. Unfortunately, it typically does just the opposite, giving the impression of impersonal mass production. Printing, tastefully done, however, particularly with the judicious use of color (Ben’s box) is somehow different, perhaps because of the early use of labels and ink on old commercial boxes that used to be in wide use for transporting all manner of goods. For whatever reason, I find printing an interesting and acceptable (perhaps somewhat traditional) method. It works well here.

To make a “simple” box, one that is particularly attractive, as these are, is much more difficult than most folks think …until they try it! LOL I look forward to seeing more boxes from you.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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