Brit Inspired Small Box

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Project by drewpy posted 09-04-2015 04:48 AM 2312 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love seeing BritBoxmaker’s small boxes and decided to make a small box of my own. It’s not as complex as his and I didn’t use the EZ miter technique but it’s a small box all the same.

It measures 3” x 3” x 3” (76mm) and is made from 3/8” (9.5mm) walnut and holly.

Before assembly, the inside walnut was finished using Minwax satin poly to add that deep tone. General Finishes water based polyurethane was used on the holly to keep it from getting that amber hue. Brown felt was adhered to the bottom and a router was used to create the inside of the lip. See picture 6.

I glued everything up, let it dry, and then routed the outside part out the lip. This was a little nerve racking even though I double and triple checked myself before the cut and even made a practice cut on a piece I had set aside. I also worried about glue squeeze out on the inside because I knew I wouldn’t be able to clean it up afterwards because the box is so small. I realized you would never really see it anyway. The white holly and walnut mix makes it look like a black hole when looking inside.

The outside finish is the same as the inside except for the final coat water based poly was used over the entire box. I have used this process before and have never had an issue.

There certainly are some defects and mistakes made, but I like how it turned out. I also learned a lot from making this little guy.

Thanks for looking.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#1 posted 09-04-2015 05:20 AM


Good things come in small packages as the saying goes? I’m guessing you learned a little more Patience, and Precision

Turned out very nice.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 09-04-2015 05:42 AM

That last blind cut would have made me nervous too.

Good job!

-- “Happiness? A good cigar, a good meal, and a good woman - or a bad woman; it depends on how much happiness you can handle.” ― George Burns

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#3 posted 09-04-2015 12:38 PM

Nicee. The contrasting holly join is an attractive choice.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#4 posted 09-04-2015 02:34 PM

What a beautiful eye catcher. It will become a wonderful conversation piece.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 09-04-2015 03:23 PM

Good mitres and a splendid contrast with the two woods.

It’s also good when you can learn whilst having fun.

Nice work, Drew. Thanks for the mention too.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#6 posted 09-04-2015 03:25 PM

Beautiful box. Nice contrast between two woods.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 09-04-2015 06:20 PM

She’s a keeper. Nice contrast and nice finished piece.

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#8 posted 09-04-2015 07:36 PM

Really nice work. Thanks for sharing.

-- Richard, Pennsylvania

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#9 posted 09-05-2015 12:20 AM

Thanks for all of kind comments and thank you all for your posts, ideas and inspiration.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#10 posted 09-05-2015 01:26 AM

Great little box, nice work.

-- Tom D

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#11 posted 09-05-2015 03:15 AM

That is one pretty little box Drew .
Yes separating the lid from the bottom of the box is always a “WHAT IF ” .
The glue squeeze out can be avoided by taping the inside surfaces along the mitre cuts .


-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 09-05-2015 04:47 AM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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