Trading Card Box

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Project by Douglas Bordner posted 04-14-2007 02:47 AM 4184 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box is designed to hold my nephew Spenser’s sports trading cards. It is made from Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry) with a herringbone inlay in maple, walnut and cardinalwood. Carved mahogany rosette. The tab/closure is made of cherry. All finished with shellac and wax.

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

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#1 posted 04-14-2007 03:32 AM

They are both very nice.
I like Spencer’s box better.
Must be a guy thing.
Did you make the herringbone inlay yourself?

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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Douglas Bordner

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#2 posted 04-14-2007 03:37 AM

Glad you like ‘em. I make all my own inlays, and the rosettes. There is always so article in Fine Woodworking that translates in to additional shop time. Yippee!

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

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#3 posted 04-14-2007 04:34 AM

Excellent work! Beautiful inlay and carving work!



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#4 posted 04-14-2007 05:30 AM

Beautiful work here. Keep the saw dust flying!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#5 posted 04-14-2007 05:36 AM

Great box design and implementation.

I like it.

-- 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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#6 posted 04-14-2007 05:39 AM

Another great piece Douglas… beautiful inlay work and beautiful craftsmanship… thank you for sharing it with us.

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

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#7 posted 04-14-2007 08:30 AM

Nice box. I like the latch you made.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 04-15-2007 06:25 AM

Well done, Douglas – thanks!

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

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#9 posted 04-16-2007 05:58 AM

Douglas – Nice “trading card” box. Spencer is very lucky. I realy like the inlay and latch.


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#10 posted 07-12-2007 11:04 AM

And Douglas, I should have informed you when first viewing this box that I just love small wooden boxes. What particularly stand out for me are the slim box walls. I think a box looks much more refined with walls about 10mm. But these look even slimmer – about 1/4”?

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

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#11 posted 07-12-2007 04:38 PM

I like the color of the box, as well as the box joints. The clasp is great.

How did you make your box joints anyway?

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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Douglas Bordner

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#12 posted 07-12-2007 05:21 PM

Don I think the divider is 1/4” – 6.35mm. The sides were .325” or 8.255mm. Top, if I recall .5” – 12.7mm.

Bill, I have an Incra Jig Ultra fence on my homemade router table. I recently posted workshop pics, and there is a router table shot. Highly recommended. I decided to buy one of these as opposed to the Leigh or Keller systems, and for small box work I have never looked back. If I decide to go to bigger casework, I might consider expanding the arsenal. But this fence let’s you sneak up in thousand’s of an inch for plows, rabbets, sliding doves etc. It’s totally repeatable. And there are templates for the fancy chased joints, like on my mail inbox project.

The clasp came from a FWW article. I can’t recall who wrote it (I wanna say Lonnie Bird). The tongue and groove work right off the Incra table.

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

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#13 posted 12-29-2009 12:14 AM

Great box, really love the latch!!

-- TurnTurnTurn

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