Man Box for Fathers Day

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Project by degoose posted 09-03-2009 02:43 AM 2254 views 2 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Sunday is Fathers Day here in Australia and a friend wanted to give her husband a “Man Box”... [ever since she saw the first one I made… she has been wanting one for him.].
The main part of the box is made from Mango Wood that I bought online from a mill in Maryborough, Queensland. It is mitered in the corners and a piece of ply fitted to a groove for the base. Top is book matched.
I then used some off cuts of Camphor Laurel I got from LJer Kenscraft aka Ken; he had cut rebates in the 1’ square stock for the tops of his wishing wells..
I mitered and glued these L-shaped peices on the edges of the box.. thereby making a frame..
brass hinges were installed at the outer edge of the back on the framing. A little purple felt was glued inside on the bottom only and a divider made from Queensland Rosewood, not to be confused with NGR. A small piece of brass chain holds the lid avoiding the tearing out of the hinge screws. Finished with two coats of poly and wax.
Cork feet on the base to stop damage to any furniture surface it is place on.
I even used my new brand on the base underneath,

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 09-03-2009 02:47 AM

excellent man box

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#2 posted 09-03-2009 02:52 AM

That’s a manly man box !!
Very Nice!!
I love your choice for the brand design ; )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#3 posted 09-03-2009 02:59 AM

great box … i like that wood . not sure about the purple , but then again i like purple

-- Paul , Calfornia

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#4 posted 09-03-2009 03:24 AM

looks great Larry ! hope the thumb is well healed

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#5 posted 09-03-2009 03:30 AM

super nice , larry !
and that mango , what beautiful wood .
good to see you are doing something besides tunnel vision .

and happy fathers day to you too!

nice brand ,
i’m sure i’ll be turning woodwork over for the rest of my life ,
for a chance to see it !

-- 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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#6 posted 09-03-2009 04:03 AM

Man: What a super Box.

And Happy Fathers day to you Larry.

-- 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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#7 posted 09-03-2009 04:27 AM

Thats really neat! We have mango wood at Clark’s here in Houston also! Great job, and Happy Father’s Day Larry!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#8 posted 09-03-2009 04:33 AM

so the little sticker inside ,
says :

to wally ,
from sheila ,
with love . ?

-- 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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#9 posted 09-03-2009 06:15 AM

Happy Father’s Day Larry!! Nice work as usual ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 09-03-2009 08:01 AM

Great “Man Box” Larry. that wood is just outstanding. Love all the colors. Great idea of useing the angles for the corners. Nice scrap save.

Fantastic design on the brand. Will be looking for it here in the states.

Great design, Great build. Allways look forward to your posts.


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

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#11 posted 09-03-2009 10:14 AM

nice looking like the framing gives it dimension
just woundering what type of wax did you use over the poly?

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#12 posted 09-03-2009 12:31 PM

Great box, Larry.
Somehow the title “Lazy Larry” just doesn’t fit you! You just turn out the best work!! Maybe LJ could come up with a contest to name you ;-)

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

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#13 posted 09-03-2009 01:21 PM

I guess that “Lucky Larry” would be too obvious…

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#14 posted 09-03-2009 02:34 PM

Larry you have some cool wood! Your attention to grain pattern makes this box flow nicely.
What type of man things would go in this box? Did you consider a lock to keep non-men out? Mine would have to be big enough for cigars, fine whiskey, and dirty movies.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#15 posted 09-03-2009 03:03 PM

” Loose Larry ” ?
” Makin’ Bacon ” ?
” Lord Larry ” – imperial sawdust works . ?

perosky , they would just get an ax for it ,
better to leave it in a cardboard box ,
with a sign , “things i plan on doing someday”

-- 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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