Christmas boxes

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Project by Darell posted 12-28-2008 08:57 AM 1761 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these for Christmas presents. The plans come from the May, 2007 Wood Magazine. Thought I’d try them for the challenge of making the lids. They turned out pretty good but could be better with more practice with the shop built jigs. Ran out of time to try again on the lids. Saved the jigs so might try again some day. One is zebrawood and the other bubinga. The handles are walnut. Both are finished with tung oil. I originally planned to put bubinga lid on zebrawood box and vice versa but decided they looked better with box and lid made from the same wood. The contrast just didn’t look right to me. Wish the pix were better.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#1 posted 12-28-2008 03:59 PM

Beautiful boxes, thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 12-28-2008 04:03 PM

Nice boxes! But I want to know what is going on in the background of the first photo. It almost looks like two people smooching, but their heads are cut off. (Or maybe I’ve just got a one-track mind.) :-)

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

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#3 posted 12-28-2008 05:01 PM

Nice boxes. I like ‘em. I agree about the matching wood tops.

I am interested in their construction. Like the types of joinery and jigs used.

(Charlie, mind your own business!)


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 12-28-2008 06:36 PM

I think they turned out very well. (Straighten up, Charlie!) I agree with the lids and boxes of the same wood.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 12-28-2008 09:18 PM

Very nice boxes, good job! I like the asian lines to them, very graceful and yes, I agree, keeping the same kind of woods is the right thing to do.

I looked for the plans but could not find this issue, any chance you could email to me?

[email protected]

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#6 posted 12-29-2008 01:23 AM

Here is a link for the plans referenced plus a free video about part of the process:

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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#7 posted 12-29-2008 01:32 AM

I suspect that if you mixed woods it could work better if you had one wood having a prounouced grain and the other a fairly plain grain. For instance if the box were oak and the lid cherry where the only contrast is color you would like the mixture better. Just a thought from a graphic designer who also putters with woodworking.

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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#8 posted 12-29-2008 01:58 AM

Oh, Charlie you sick puppy. That’s my wife and son doing research for their day after Christmas shopping on the laptop. LOL! Me, I stayed home.

Kevinw, thanks for the link. I wish I had seen the video before I started construction. I missed something on the drawing that was in the video that would have made things easier. You’re right, too, on the contrasting woods. I think the zebrawood was to dark to work well with the bubinga. Curly maple or something of that nature would have worked better with the bugingaor maybe just plain hard maple. Maybe walnut or a light wood like maple with the zebrawood. Anyway, they look better as I pictured them.

SPalm, the boxes are just simple mitered corners. Not so simple though as the sides have a bevel of 3 degrees on the upper half of each side. Not difficult to do but it makes cutting the miters a bit more interesting.

majeagle1, check the link kevinw posted. I can scan and email to you if you want or you can get the download from that link. Let me know. PM me on this site.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#9 posted 12-29-2008 08:49 PM

kevinw, thanks so much for the link.
Darell, I’ll PM you later today, thanks so much.

What do you think this would look like with an Ebony base and a Birdseye Maple base w/ Ebony handle?

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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