Oak Box with Padauk Paneled Lid

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Project by gtpreacher posted 07-24-2009 06:09 AM 3099 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This little box was a gift for my wife. I thought the combination of the oak with the padauk top and keys was very attractive. All the sizing cuts were made on the table saw. The panel for the lid was bookmatched by resawing a padauk board, jointing the edges, planing the two pieces to finished thickness, and edge gluing them to form the panel. The solid brass hinges were the most expensive part of the project.

-- Phil, North Carolina

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#1 posted 07-24-2009 06:31 AM

Phil, that is a pretty box, the padauk is really highlighted in the oak.

And yeah those solid brass hinges are expensive but so is your time. I dont think it makes sense to cheap out on the hardware on a nice box. I use them and I feel better about the finished product knowing I’ve used quality hardware.

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#2 posted 07-24-2009 07:14 AM

Great box. The paduk and oak go very well together. Good tight joints.

Keep it up.


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

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#3 posted 07-24-2009 07:34 AM

Beautiful box well done


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#4 posted 07-24-2009 01:20 PM

Phil, that is a beautiful box. You put together a nicely contrasting set of woods.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 07-24-2009 02:28 PM

Phil, Very very nice box! The clean lines and contrasts are excellent. Your photography skills are fantastic also, which advertises the quality of your work.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#6 posted 07-24-2009 02:38 PM

Nice job. Great looking box.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#7 posted 07-24-2009 05:04 PM

Very nice looking box.

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

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#8 posted 07-24-2009 06:51 PM

You were right about that combination of oak and padauk. Gorgeous combo!

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#9 posted 10-23-2009 05:25 AM

What are the demensions oif the box – hard to tell from the pictures. I love the bookmatch top. Is that harder to do with small sizes?

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#10 posted 10-24-2009 04:39 AM

The box is 9.75” long, 5.5” wide and 4.5” high. In bookmatching the thinner pieces you have to be careful and not apply too much pressure when gluing up the panel or it will not remain flat. Once it’s in the clamps, it helps to place a weight such as a bag of sand or 5 pounds of sugar on top of the panel to hold it flat. The panel is captured in grooves in the top of the box with a little bit of room for expansion with varying humidity.

-- Phil, North Carolina

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#11 posted 01-04-2010 05:03 PM

Nice Box !!! Never thought about using sugar as a weight, other putting weight on yourself. LOL

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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