my Christmas boxes

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Project by Peloton posted 01-14-2009 05:46 AM 1894 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hesitated to post these as they’re nothing compared to some of the masterpieces I’ve seen on here. However, they did bring smiles to the faces of the new owners, and that’s all that really matters. I am interested in any help making the next batch better. For instance, I managed the keys thanks to a jig I saw here on Lumberjocks and that was very helpful. I was disappointed with the fit of some of the lids and wonder if I did it the hard way. I made the box, sanded and finished it, then cut the lids off. If the box is square and you’re very careful with the cuts, that works fine. However, I did have one go terribly awry and wasted a couple day’s work when I cut the lid off. It would be salvageable if I could get my hands on a bandsaw with enough clearance.

I made a total of 7 boxes and gave 5 away. Unfortunately my camera and I had a little difference of opinion about wether or not the pictures should actually get transferred to my computer so I only have examples of 3 of the boxes.

I am motivated to try again and have gotten some great ideas here on Lumberjocks that I can’t wait to try.

-- “I'm thinking about it, ... I'm thinking it's the best way to piss [the French] off.” -Lance Armstrong

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#1 posted 01-14-2009 05:52 AM

Great Looking Boxes!!

I like your choice of colors!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 01-14-2009 05:58 AM

Very nice boxes! Don’t feel bad about the having trouble with the lids. Ive made quite a few boxes that started off 6” tall and ended up 4” tall by the time I finished trying to make a square cut for the third time.

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

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#3 posted 01-14-2009 11:55 AM

The only box I’ve made is for my emergency kit in my shop…so you don’t have to be so shy about your work…I think they look just fine…and you can give me one for Christmas anytime…good job.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#4 posted 01-14-2009 05:30 PM

Nice job… Everyone has to start somewhere and just geting that first one is a big accomplishment. I would suggest two authors for inspiration; Doug Stowe and Andrew Crawford. If their books are not in your local library, you can pick them up for cheap on ebay. Start off with Doug Stowe to get a foundation in basic box design and construction. Then, after building your skills, get one (of three) of Andrew Crawford’s books to really push you. If you’d like to see some of Crawford’s work, go to his website.

Best of luck and keep up the good work.


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

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#5 posted 01-15-2009 04:24 AM

Nice Boxes

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#6 posted 01-17-2009 05:38 PM

I have destroyed many a box by using the cut the top off method, usually snagging the corner with the table saw blade. I find that my Stationary Belt Sander has the ability to level it a little more. My most recent box i glued on a 1/8 inch thick strip of purple heart to level it and use a little bit of putty for what i couldnt level with the belt sander. I know that wood putty isnt the best way and you should get it right the first time, but sometimes we dont have that luxury.

It looks like you used a mitered joint in that box design. Have you thought about cutting the top before your initial glue up. All your pieces should match because they are from the same piece and you could get a clean rip from the table saw.

I like the overall box designs and wood contrasts you used. what did you do for the inside? I like to put dividers or use the shake in suede kit or both.

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#7 posted 03-13-2011 05:17 AM

Peloton , keep it up ,keep on building on your success. Sweet clean boxes.I think you accomplished exactly what you wanted to. If the boxes have a lot of tension when you assemble them. They’re going to move when you cut the lid off.every time I build anything I always learn something.I can’t wait to see your next project. Good job

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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