Boxes For K-5 Teachers

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Project by SteveGaskins posted 12-18-2014 09:31 PM 2073 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m not a box maker. I follow several here and on other sites who are exceptional box makers, and I’m truly inspired by their work. However, when my 5 year old granddaughter asked me if we could build her two K-5 teachers a box made from walnut and maple for Christmas….well, the only answer I could possibly give her was absolutely; we sure can!

Here, you have the result of my granddaughter’s request.

The boxes are made from walnut and hard maple, and I installed black flock in the bottom of the tray and box. The stringing and Federal fans are made from maple and the splines are a combination of walnut and maple at the center and maple at the upper and lower spline locations. Handmade dowels are utilized in the box trays to give additional support at the glue joint of the tray dividers. The knob on the box lid is handmade, again utilizing walnut and maple to continue with the same materials of the box. The finish is 4 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal.

I have a total of 52 hours in the build of the two boxes.

In the last picture you will see the maker’s signature along with some hearts. To me, her signature made the boxes.

My granddaughter will deliver the boxes to her two K-5 teachers tomorrow morning.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#1 posted 12-18-2014 10:22 PM

The boxes look great. The corner inlays are beautifully done.

-- Julian

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#2 posted 12-18-2014 11:49 PM

gorgeous work… and thanks for teaching your granddaughter!

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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#3 posted 12-19-2014 01:05 AM

Very attractive. Nice work.

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

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#4 posted 12-19-2014 03:06 AM

Good work very attractive.

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#5 posted 12-19-2014 03:54 AM

Very nice boxes Steve
The coop arrangement seems to have worked out well and the makers signature makes them very special .

Merry Christmas


-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 12-19-2014 07:33 AM

Not a box maker? I think you need to update your resume’. These are beautifully done. The design and craftsmanship are superb. Walnut and maple combo is always a good choice. Bravo!

-- jbschutz

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#7 posted 12-19-2014 09:42 AM

Steve, nicely done work. I like the corner spline design. I can tell you that the teachers will treasure this work and will smile and think of your granddaughter every time they see the box you made. I agree with you. The signature makes the box special and makes me smile too. Next time, you might consider rounding over the inside edge of your box to make it more finger friendly. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 12-19-2014 12:25 PM

Thanks LJs, I appreciate the kind comments.

Boxguy, thanks for the advise. I will certainly try that method next time.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#9 posted 12-19-2014 01:23 PM

Beautiful work. I love those inlays that you did on there. The inscription on the back is priceless

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#10 posted 12-19-2014 08:53 PM

Great job! These will be appreciated more than you will ever know. About 35 years ago when I was in High School I spent the summer as a day camp recreation leader. We had one young boy who was a good hearted kid but was a bit hyper and hard to handle, even with three of us leaders on duty at all times. At the end of the summer his father presented us with small wooden boxes containing pocket knives for the men and bangle bracelets for the women as a thank you for being so patient with his son – who unknown to us went home every afternoon talking about what a great time he had. I still have that box and knife in a special place on my dresser, as a reminder that it only takes kindness to make a difference in a child’s life.
Thanks for posting,
Happy Holidays!

-- Leafherder

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#11 posted 12-19-2014 09:49 PM

Leafherder, thanks for taking the time to reply and for sharing your wonderful story. You truly have something to cherish all of your life and a small wooden box as a reminder of a trying, yet rewarding time in your life. I really appreciate you sharing your story; it made my day.

Merry Christmas.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#12 posted 12-21-2014 05:39 AM

Beautiful boxes, beautiful wood.So elegant design.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 01-31-2016 05:26 PM

Not a box maker, huh?! I’d say you are now. This is craftsmanship at it’s finest. BTW, I’m originally from Ware Shoals, SC.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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