Box for my Step-daughter

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Project by CedarFreakCarl posted 07-16-2009 04:26 AM 2335 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a box I made for my step daughter. It’s made of cherry and walnut. The dovetails were done with a Porter-Cable jig. The finish is 4 coats of lacquer in the can. I was going to put hinges on it, but decided to put alignment dowels on instead due to poor planning. All critique’s and criticisms welcomed.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#1 posted 07-16-2009 05:15 AM

Interesting design, and great wood combination.

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

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#2 posted 07-16-2009 05:17 AM

Looks great Carl I like the wood contrast


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#3 posted 07-16-2009 05:27 AM

Very nice. Love the wood combination. That walnut and cherry go great together.

The lid is interesting. Looks real good with the miter keys to help give the lid frame strength.

Great job. Keep it up.


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

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#4 posted 07-16-2009 05:48 AM


That is a very pretty box. I am certain your step-daughter will love it. I think you did a fine job. Congratulations.

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#5 posted 07-16-2009 06:51 AM

Beautiful box…I am sure this is a box that will be in the family for generations to come. Question, in the third picture…what is they gray strip in the bottom of the box ?

-- Don S.E. OK

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#6 posted 07-16-2009 11:21 AM

This box looks very nice. Beautiful wood and fine craftmanship.

-- If at first you don't succeed...Don't try skydiving

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#7 posted 07-16-2009 11:46 AM

Definitely a beautiful box. I like the wood combination and the miter keys. The dowels are an interesting technique.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#8 posted 07-16-2009 01:33 PM

Very nice box! Your DT’s appear flawless.
The wlanut and cherry are definitely a good combo.

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#9 posted 07-16-2009 02:00 PM

Very nice looking box.

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

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#10 posted 07-16-2009 04:17 PM

The rich tones of your woods of choice are excellant and sure to be an heirloom

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#11 posted 07-17-2009 05:55 AM

Good work and excellent craftsmanship. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#12 posted 07-17-2009 02:43 PM

Thanks for the great comments!
Don: this box was actually the waste of part of the pistol box I made in a previous project. I had dovetailed way more board than I needed so that I could make the the tail and pins symetrical from top to bottom. I usually do a sketch for most things I make, but didn’t for this one. I embarrassed to say that I honestly don’t remember why I put those walnut sapwood strips in there as this thing has been laying around in my shop for about a year and a half. CRS is a terrible disease, lol.
Russel: Like I said, due to piss poor planning hinges were going to be an ordeal for me to install on this thing so when my step daughter came down from Michigan (your neck of the woods) this week, the dowels were what I came up with on short notice. They are 5/16” oak slightly tapered with sandpaper so they would slide in easily. Actually I was quite surprised that it fits perfectly both ways as I had eyeballed the receiving holes when drilling on the drill press without marking them. I guess a blind hog finds a nut every now and then. Thanks again.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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