Simple Box project # 5

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Project by dustyal posted 07-25-2009 04:36 AM 2146 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first box. Nothing complicated, still learning.

Used left over cherry from my plant table project and inserted a walnut (decent figure in it) top from a family tree I knew well…

Simple mitered corners, tung oil finish and rayon flocking, mirrored lid. Found acceptable jewelry chain at local craft store. I installed sufficient defect to insure that special hand-made look. ;-)

It’s for my daughter’s birthday. I wrote a note saying it was a thought box… something she can keep her thoughts in but made small enough so as not to be much of a challenge trying to fill… LOL we’ll have with it. I started off with a thought about being lost in my thoughts and that was new territory for me. Otherwise she can return it for divider insert for jewelry, or just use it for the doggy treats.

I got much appreciated help from Peter, a friend in Mason-Dixon woodworkers. We barter… I drive him to meetings, and he shares his expertise and use of heavier machines that I do not have available. Great fun working together.

Bottom line: Karson told me to post this… he runs a tight (wood) ship… lol, again…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#1 posted 07-25-2009 05:16 AM

Big Al it look’s better in the posting than it did in person. LOL

Just kidding. A great piece of craftsmanship. You and Pete did a great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 07-25-2009 05:41 AM

Very nice box Al.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 07-25-2009 07:24 AM

Very nice box. That walnut has some nice figure.

Great miters. Nice design.

Keep it up.


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

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#4 posted 07-25-2009 08:04 AM

Very good for first box.

-- Tom D

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#5 posted 07-25-2009 11:34 AM

Excellent first box. I really like the walnut. I also “install sufficient defect” in most of my projects, albeit unintentional.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#6 posted 07-25-2009 11:58 AM

Great box. I see Karsons handprints all over it. Just kidding. You did a great job. Unique, nicely made and great finish and love the top. Very nice well thought out build.

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

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#7 posted 07-25-2009 03:12 PM

Good job, I am sure your daughter will love it.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#8 posted 07-25-2009 03:36 PM

You did a very nice job on this box.You should feel proud,and I am sure it was well recieved.
Thanks for posting this.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#9 posted 07-26-2009 04:15 AM

Nice box dustyal
looking foreword to your next one

-- 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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#10 posted 09-21-2009 03:47 AM

Thanks for your comment on my project. I love this box. I think it is amazing that you were able to use wood from a tree that has family history. It really looks great. Looking forward to more boxes!

Take care..

-- John, Ontario, Canada

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#12 posted 08-12-2010 02:17 PM

I like the box. Clean and well made. How is the flocking holding up? I have no experience with it but I’m curious.
You got that mirror to fit in there nicely to. Did you have the mirror cut before or after you made the box? I ask because the place I go to to get mirror and glass cut can’t seem to cut to the dimensions I give them.

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#13 posted 08-12-2010 02:27 PM

Nice look box!

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#14 posted 08-12-2010 02:50 PM

Rick, thanks for the compliment. I gave the box away, but I understand the flocking is holding up okay. However, I wouldn’t expect it to be as durable as wool felt. It was fun to do and a friend loaned me supplies and duster.

After the lid is finished, I take it to the local glass guys. They cut to fit. That way, there is no discussion… They do not mount. I wait until I have the hinges on before mounting… and the last coat of finish. I do that with double sided tape for mirrors. Get that stuff at Lowes, HD, hardware, in their mirror glass aisle, not the tape aisle. (normal tape will deteriorate the mirror backing…)

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#15 posted 02-17-2013 10:45 PM

Hey Al nice box. How does the flocking stand up to the occasional wear a box of this sort would encounter.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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