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Project by Douglas Bordner posted 04-12-2007 12:56 PM 3526 views 4 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one too started out as a humidor (theoretically). The design went sideways with the decision to make a bin-style lid (Again with the radius edged Brussos, but this time the whole thing is sunk in flush and the hinge pin barrels sit in the chamferred edges of the lid). The humidor idea was totally sunk when I spilled a drop of BLO-MS inside the box. Really bad for cigars. Now I have cedrela odorata perfumed bills by the time payday rolls around.

I mentioned in my profile, that there is an olfactory aspect to woodworking that is beguiling to me. The rosewoods when warmed by the blade, etc. Nothing beats a dust collector bag full of Spanish Cedar shavings.

This box is cherry and walnut (prunus serotina et juglans nigra, while I’m throwing the Latin around). Inlay banding is soft maple and walnut. The Incra double half-blind dovetails use QS sycamore as the contrast wood. This box is finished on the outside with Pratt and Lambert #38 Interior Alkyd, which is my favorite winter finish (when it’s too cold to spray finishes in the garage.) The inside of the box (for good or ill) is finished with Boiled Linseed Oil:Mineral Spirits 1:1.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#1 posted 04-12-2007 01:02 PM

gorgeous. Love the top!

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

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#2 posted 04-12-2007 01:18 PM

What great treatment your bills have… may I suggest – to add a little more whimsey – a Cigar Pen Box ;)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#3 posted 04-12-2007 04:10 PM

Looks good!

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#4 posted 04-12-2007 04:11 PM

Fancy double dovetails. I have yet to attempt them… what “system” did you use to cut them? (Incra, Jointech, etc. ...?)

-- † Hops †

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#5 posted 04-12-2007 04:24 PM

A very nice box, even if just for mail. I like the multi-color dovetails with their light and dark contrast.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#6 posted 04-12-2007 05:19 PM

Beautiful… and the dovetails are just terrific. Thanks for letting us see this.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#7 posted 04-12-2007 11:16 PM

i very much like the dovetails! very nice finish too! great job all around!

-- "What one can make with good tools is limited only by one's talent" ([email protected])

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#8 posted 04-13-2007 07:05 PM

Good job on the dovetails, and the rest of the project. Looks very nice. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 04-13-2007 07:29 PM

I’ve never tried double dovetails. But have all of the tools to do that. Great looking box. The wood is great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#10 posted 04-17-2007 09:36 PM

Douglas – very nice! I like the wood choices. I also enjoy the smells of woodworking. The smell of a dust bag full of aromatic cedar is wonderful!


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#11 posted 07-12-2007 12:31 AM

Yes, Douglas, woodworking is a very sensual thing. I defy people to just look at a box – box did I say box? I just love small wooden boxes!

One of the magic aspects of small box is that people become full involved with it. They first view it, then pick it up and touch it and then smell it. It’s my opinion why box making requires a fairly high attention to detail. Close inspection like this requires meticulous work.

I like they way this box morphed as you progressed.

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

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#12 posted 07-12-2007 12:34 AM

heheh I just pictured Fred Flintstone saying (with a glazed look) “B-b-b-bet, bet…” or… “b-b-box.. box”.

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

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#13 posted 12-30-2007 06:11 PM

Douglas! What a marvelous box! This just came around again in “roll the dice” and I hadn’t viewed it before. The contrasting woods are very appealing!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#14 posted 12-30-2007 06:24 PM

Tom, it’s one of my favorites. Except when it’s time to gather up the bills for payment.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#15 posted 12-30-2007 06:56 PM

I am waiting (or have I already missed) the tutorial on those gorgeous double dovetails. It’s simply beautiful.

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