Simple Cypress Box

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Project by Adam Weis posted 11-20-2008 12:23 AM 2865 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is just a simple box I am going to give as an example to a design firm. I think that cypress is one of the most underused woods in this country. It is beautiful, firm, and very easy to work with. This was also one of my first experiments with shellac. I usually go with an oil finish but since cypress is on the soft side I decided it needed something a little more protective.

-- Adam,

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#1 posted 11-20-2008 01:29 AM

Very nice Adam. I like the dovetails.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#2 posted 11-20-2008 01:58 AM

I agree….cypress is wonderful stuff! Nice dovetails.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#3 posted 11-20-2008 02:02 AM

Are the DT’s from a jig or hand cut? I find if you wipe down cypress with acetone you get a better finish.

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#4 posted 11-20-2008 04:01 AM

Adam the box looks great. The dovetails look great adn really tight.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#5 posted 11-20-2008 04:10 AM

Beautifully built box.
I like the box’s sides assembled – the grain pattern looks running continuously around. Great job!
Is this box from one lumber board?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 11-20-2008 06:02 AM


I agree with you about cypress being underused. Besides the qualities you mentioned, it is also impervious to weather.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 11-20-2008 04:59 PM

Very nice. I love simple boxes.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#8 posted 11-20-2008 08:01 PM

Very nice box. I especially like the bevels on the corners of the sides. It really sets off the dovetails.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#9 posted 11-30-2008 04:33 AM

There is a crack on the lid,so I’ll just take that box off your hands…....

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#10 posted 12-13-2008 10:57 PM

wow it really looks like you used a chemical (forget the name, something dichlorate? or chromate? lol) those colors are beauuutiful, only reason I say that is cuz I never seen cypress with those combos of purples to oranges. Any insight?

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#11 posted 01-04-2009 05:41 AM

I have an outdoor bench built from cypress that I am trying to decide about finishing or just leaving it to the weather. I like the look the shellac got. How many coats went into this, any oil before?

-- Patrick

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