Yarn box

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Project by Lane posted 10-06-2015 03:49 PM 1341 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this yarn box for a friend. The interior (which I forgot to photograph) is divided into two sections allowing for two colors to be used on a project. The yarn feeds out from the openings in the front and lid. The box measures 12” wide by 6.5” tall by 6.5” deep. There is a central divider set into dadoes, allowing for two chambers roughly 5.5” in all three dimensions.

The top and bottom are pecan and the sides walnut. The lid is flush on the front and overhangs the back…acting as a stop for the lid in the open position. I used a couple of magnet as a closure. I did, however, fail to double-check the polarity before I epoxied the magnets into the box, so I cut out a section in the front and replaced it with oak (ebony stain) and a correctly oriented magnet. Handles on the side made it easier to move about. Bloodwood makes for a trim piece around the bottom. The entire outside of the piece is finished with BLO and shellac. The inside is unfinished.

This was my first real attempt at dovetailing. It’s not perfect, but not bad either. Much effort put in which was appreciated by the recipient. “Imperfections show it wasn’t made in a factory,” were the words used.

A ‘M’ decorates the lid top in a Celtic design and the front lip has a bit of Tengwar script. Both are done by kolrosing with walnut dust.

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#1 posted 10-06-2015 06:34 PM

What are the dimensions? Is the yarn balled before putting it in the box, or does it just pull out of the hank?


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#2 posted 10-06-2015 09:04 PM

The box is roughly 12” wide and 6” tall and deep. The top overhangs 3/4” on both sides and slightly more in the back.

Balled yarn.

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#3 posted 10-07-2015 05:04 AM

Nice job Lane, I’ve seen wood and clay yarn bowls but that is the first box.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#4 posted 10-08-2015 05:03 AM

Lane, it is a big help to readers when you put in all three dimensions. You can edit your posting at any time by clicking on the red “edit” at the top of your post. You could add in pictures and dimensions if you wanted to.

I would like to see the inside of you design. Good job on the photos and the box. I especially like the dovetails and the handles. Keep boxing and keep posting!

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 10-08-2015 05:22 PM

Thanks, Big Al, for the editing tip. Done.

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#6 posted 10-10-2015 12:55 AM

Lane, nice edit. Looking forward to your next posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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