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Project by VTWoody posted 05-06-2007 09:52 PM 2363 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a simple box that I made to give my wife a birthday present in. It is made out of maple that I purchased dimensioned at HD. I didn’t yet have a planer or Jointer, so I had to do all the joints on the TS and belt sander. It came out Ok, but I had to do too much filling with putty for my taste. I also used an Ogee bit to make the profile on the edge. Every project should require one to have to buy at least one more tool…:) at least that’s what I keep telling my wife. Oh, the stain is Danish oil with satin poly over the top.

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#1 posted 05-06-2007 10:56 PM

this is beautiful. I love the inside of the lid!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 05-07-2007 01:54 AM

Very nice box. I like the details.


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#3 posted 05-07-2007 02:23 AM

Great stuff VT. Love the subtleness. How did you connect the grains of the top pieces if I may ask? Are there bisquits in there or splines? Same with the miters on the side panels… are there blind splines in them? A box like this obviuosly won’t take much abuse so it probably doesn’t matter but was just curiuos as to your construction approach. Beautiful piece and thanks 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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#4 posted 05-07-2007 03:34 AM

Everything is connected with biscuits. Unfortunately, when I cut it all, I hadn’t realized that the fence on my tablesaw was out of alignment and I had to tweak all of the settings with my belt sander, and I wasn’t all that good with it at the time. Now I have a jointer, and my tablesaw is all tweaked into alignment. I think this one would come out a whole heck of a lot better this time around.

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#5 posted 05-07-2007 04:55 AM

Really nice woodworkin’ here. What are the dimensions of the box?

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

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#6 posted 05-07-2007 06:05 AM

VT, very nice box. You are lucky that your HD carries Maple, they only carry Poplar and once in awhile they might have some red oak in 1/2”. I try not to buy any wood from them (too expensive) but every now and then I need something and the local lumber yard is naturally closed on weekends. Keep up the good work.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 05-07-2007 03:16 PM


The dimensions are roughly 4” high x 13” long by 7” wide. I actually don’t remember why I chose any of the dimensions other than that it needed to be able to fit an Ipod inside as that was the birthday present.


I too don’t really like buying my lumber there, but at the time, I didn’t have a planer or jointer and my handplane skill was just up to the task of making dimensioned lumber out of what I could get at Woodcraft. Now, I only get the engineered wood from them or one of our other Big Box stores.

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#8 posted 05-07-2007 04:52 PM

Nice box, VT. The design shows originality, the execution is good considering your tool limitations and the finish is very nice. All-in-all, a great start.

I look forward to seeing your work progress and you acquire more tools.

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

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#9 posted 05-07-2007 06:11 PM

Very nice. You shouldn’t fess up to the filling though….we’d never know. :-)

Bill is right….we wish we could get maple at HD down south here.

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

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#10 posted 05-09-2007 03:35 PM

We have maple at our HD and your lucky yours does’nt. The price is ouragious. Menards carries it too. It is high there too. Better off going to a mill and getting some rough cut and milling it yourself. If you don’t have the tools ask a friend or try Lowes or Menards. Beautiful Box. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 06-01-2007 08:51 PM

The scale is excellent. Shows true craftsmanship in my opinion. Demonstrates the ability to make something very nice that doesn’t have to be a giant entertainment center or massive coffee table in order to stimulate the “That is beautiful” side of our brains.

-- -- Skee from MN

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#12 posted 07-19-2007 01:14 AM

Oh, and I forgot to say that I just love small wooden boxes like this, in case you didn’t know.

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

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#13 posted 06-09-2009 03:47 PM

Very nice design. I’m a huge fan of the Danish oil and poly. I also like the way the top connects and secures. Very cool. By the way, which jointer did you purchase?

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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