Swivel top box

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Project by Michaelgurrado posted 02-21-2015 03:48 AM 4494 views 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started making this box out of boredom during my lunch break at work. It has been too cold to really sit and relax so it was easier to stay warm by just messing around in the shop. All of the wood was salvaged from the trash It is made using cherry for the case and the lid with strips of maple for splines and lid, i also used some type of black wood im not sure exactly what type it is my best guess is African blackwood. The bottom panel is made using mdf and some velvet fabric i had. I used wooden dowel to attach the lid. I finished it with a coat of danish oil and some dark wax, i also used some wax on the pegs to the lids move easier. This box is always fun for me to make and i am happy to have saved some beautiful pieces of scraps that would probably be rotting in a landfill somewhere.

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#1 posted 02-21-2015 06:41 AM

I guess you could have burned the wood to stay warm, but this turned out a lot better ;-) Nice work.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 02-21-2015 03:55 PM

lol yeah it would be nice to burn some scraps once in a while but unfortunately for me i live in NYC with no backyard or anywhere to start a fire. Thank you!

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#3 posted 02-21-2015 05:07 PM

Nice little box. You must have a job where you work with tools to do this on your breaks! I checked out your projects. A nice mix of stuff. As for scrap, I live in the country and still don’t burn scrap. I give away what I don’t hoard.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#4 posted 02-21-2015 05:58 PM

Very nice….great design

-- Mike

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#5 posted 02-21-2015 06:33 PM

That is a really cool box. It was a good use of leftover material. I like your top idea,sweet.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#6 posted 02-21-2015 08:40 PM

Robert Triplett, thank you and yes i do have a job where i work with tools. I actually work for a antique picture frame company where we restore and reproduce antique picture frames, we also make modern style frames as well but majority of the time we are dealing with antiques. I never like throwing away scraps when i can help it i try to save what i can.

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#7 posted 02-21-2015 08:42 PM

Moke, thank you but i can not take credit for the design. I am not sure of whose design it is but i had found it in a book a while back. If i can find the book i will post the name, author and the designer of the box itself.

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#8 posted 02-21-2015 08:43 PM

Devann, Thank you!

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#9 posted 02-22-2015 01:08 AM

Great box, I love the swivel lid concept. Can I ask, are the swivel pins right in the corner of the box where the miters are or attached along the short side of the box? I would like to try a lid like this for fun but want to get the placement right so it closes properly. Thanks

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#10 posted 02-22-2015 01:26 AM

Jesse, thank you i also really like the swivel lid and yes the the pins are in the center of the mitered corners i used wooden dowel stock for this box but the last box i made like this i used metal dowels. i glued the pins to the lid of the box only, this way if need be the lid could be removed.

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#11 posted 02-23-2015 11:30 PM

Pretty cool

-- Billy Long Island, NY

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