small maple box

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Project by KayBee posted 07-08-2009 09:14 PM 2499 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this box a few years ago. Not quite a jewelry box more of a catchall for the junk that ends up sitting around on my dresser. Hand planed and scraped the whole thing, then hand cut the dovetails. Wiped on an oil finish and add another coat every year or when I think about it. Comments good and bad welcome.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#1 posted 07-08-2009 09:21 PM

Proof that simple can be beautiful!

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

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#2 posted 07-08-2009 09:30 PM

very elegant – nice work

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 07-08-2009 11:18 PM

Very nice box! Simple and well done – I like simple!

I haven’t had the courage to try hand-cut dovetails yet – I can’t even cut a straight line across a piece of stock without a guide, how on earth would I cut dovetails! Box joints will have to suffice for me, I guess.


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#4 posted 07-08-2009 11:20 PM

I’m sure it wasn’t that simple but you made it look that way. Got to love things like that.

-- Jerod, Austin

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#5 posted 07-09-2009 12:03 AM

I don’t see what you did to attach the lid. Looks like you put in some sort of pivoting pin?

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#6 posted 07-09-2009 02:01 AM

Nice looking box. I like maple.

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

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#7 posted 07-09-2009 02:35 AM

Very nice job good joinery and finish


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#8 posted 07-09-2009 03:52 AM

Thanks for the nice words everyone!

Jim- be brave! Give ‘em a try. No straight lines in dovetails, they’re all angles : )

mtkate- yes, I used some copper about the thickness of a paper clip for pivots

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#9 posted 07-10-2009 03:45 AM

Great job. Love the dovetails. Simple design and very functional.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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Occie gilliam

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#10 posted 07-10-2009 04:18 AM

Nice box.
i haven’t made a box yet, i think i will try one with Box joints like Jim

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you [email protected]

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#11 posted 07-10-2009 04:38 AM

very nice box ,
and work .

when do we get to see ,
the handmade piano ?

welcome .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#12 posted 02-07-2011 04:39 PM

Very good-feeling piece, thanks for showing!

-- Stephen Mines ([email protected])

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#13 posted 09-05-2015 09:40 PM

I love the dovetails too. they’re addictive, aren’t they? There is something so magical about a box. Potential, promise, anticipation and mystery. This is nicely proportioned and skillfully made. I love it.

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