Little boxes for the nephews

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Project by Betsy posted 12-10-2008 04:53 AM 1782 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have two wonderful nephews who are maturing into excellent young men. In an effort to make sure they remember me when I’m old and wrinkled – I bribe them! No not really – but I thought instead of a gift card (they are more into that than socks from their auntie Betsy) – I’d just give them money. So I thought I’d make them both a little box and stuff 25 one dollar bills inside – when they open the box – the bills pop out. 25 ones will look like a lot of money. I hope they keep their boxes for a long time.

These boxes were quick and easy – nothing exotic – just some scrap oak. If you look close on the one to the left you can see a worm hole in the lid – I thought I’d just leave it in. Gives the box “character.”

Thanks for looking.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 12-10-2008 05:05 AM

Lovely idea. Lucky nephews!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#2 posted 12-10-2008 05:11 AM

Uh-oh, you messed up… shouldn’t have put money in them! ;-)

Actually, I posted a blog last year about my nephews coming over for Christmas and working in the shop with Uncle Tim. They enjoyed that more than that PS2 games! I was honored.

These boxes look great and I’m sure they will love them.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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Tom Adamski

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#3 posted 12-10-2008 07:24 AM

I have to admit, you have become a very good box maker. What a wonderful gift. I’m sure they will appreciate them long after the cash is gone.


-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsman can hide his mistakes.

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#4 posted 12-10-2008 08:38 AM

Damn! That one with the lid off looks quite similar to one I’m about done finishing!

Did you make the stepped lid by slitting the sides before gluing and then cut it open, or is that a separate piece glued inside?

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Douglas Krueger

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#5 posted 12-10-2008 02:04 PM

The world can not have too many wooden boxes, multifaceted, multipurpose and nearly indestructible (other than a flame phobia).

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#6 posted 12-10-2008 03:49 PM

Thanks all for your kind comments.

Richard – the sides are glued individual pieces. These boxes were put together really fast so I took the easy route.

Thanks for looking!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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Douglas Bordner

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#7 posted 12-10-2008 04:02 PM

Really nice little boxes! Hope the nephews enjoy them.

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

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#8 posted 12-10-2008 07:29 PM

Betsy ever think that a new $5 bill would look very nice (then stick all the singles in your pocket)

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#9 posted 12-10-2008 10:46 PM

Nice boxes. You should have considered sliping in 25 Canadian Loonies . . . our $1 coin. Would make it really heavy and shaking the box would raise an eyebrow or two.

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