Birdseye/Walnut Game box

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Project by drewpy posted 09-08-2014 04:40 AM 1582 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted a box to hold games that we play often and this is what I came up with. It is Walnut with birdseye maple and a splash of bubinga. I decided to make the splines visible to break up the walnut just a tad.

This was my second project since starting back with woodworking. I haven’t done anything in 30 years since high school. I forgot how much a little poly can bring out imperfections that you hardly felt when sanding. I also forgot how much I enjoy woodworking.

Please let me know your thoughts, good or bad, and any advise you may have.



-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#1 posted 09-08-2014 05:04 PM

Good design,,,pleasing to the eyes. i like the idea of a wider suporting base One of my woodworking buddie who we use to play cars with regulary, ( he moved away) made a much simpler one than yours. Like he said,,,, Keeps everything in one place and handy, and making boxes is always a usefull and a double rewarding project. I always took his ribing for not making one at/for our home.

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#2 posted 09-09-2014 04:25 AM

Drew, this is a nice box and and excellent design. I especially like the fact that it is useful and built to do a job. The cut through to act as a support for the lift out is an unusual choice. Just in the spirit of sharing you might consider this technique for the top of some box. And, this method of making a top. You really have a splendid finish on your project nice work there. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 09-09-2014 04:47 AM

Thank You Big Al for your input. I love input. I used the method you mentioned on my first box and I will post it tomorrow.

The cut through is actually just a tight fitting 1/8 piece of Walnut lightly glued to the main box side. I had scrap so I just used it. After just two projects I have realized I need to better manage my wood consumption. Maybe I should have just added corner supports. What is typical?

The reason for the lid being this way that it all stated from the 1/8 thick birdseye maple that is there. That inspired the entire project. I needed it, and needed to build something with it!! It was only large enough for something this size so I looked around and noticed my games needed organized!! Then I wanted it to be visible on both sides since it was so nice. I wanted the lid to be equal to the lower base which meant it would overhang the edges so I had to frame the lid. I am kinda glad because that is when I decided to add the Bubinga.

Thanks again and I have looked at many of your project and enjoyed them all. I hope to hear more ideas and thoughts from you in the future.


-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#4 posted 09-10-2014 08:29 AM

Drew, thanks for the kind words. I am looking forward to your next posting. If you have any questions that you think I can help with, feel free to ask. Solving problems is fun for me. Lately I have been enjoying teaching others to make boxes in the shop. I have a couple of them that I really should post.

I don’t know what is typical for supporting trays, but I usually put a rail on the front and back of the box. The technique is detailed here.

At the moment I am hooked on carving spoons and developing techniques to do that efficiently.

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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