Little Boxes

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Project by SPalm posted 09-09-2009 10:02 PM 4095 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Fun time in the shop.

I have always enjoyed the way these little boxes looked. They are a Doug Stowe classic. I tried a couple of slightly different things with the tops. Two of them have live edges from walnut cutoffs (not sure if I like these). One is standard Cherry. And the Bubinga has two different species of splines which I really like with the subtle change of color and length. The boxes are out of maple. The tops have a 12 degree bevel, and the bottoms have a small chamfer.

I forgot to change to a flat bottom blade when I cut the grooves for the splines, so they have kind of a curved end to them. I thought oops, but many people have said, “Wow, how did you do that?” Go figure.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#1 posted 09-09-2009 10:13 PM

Very cute little boxes

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#2 posted 09-09-2009 10:15 PM

I agree… I have built several of these. They can be a lot of fun to play around with. Yours are nice looking! I especially like the “live edge” one.

-- Darrell, Round Rock

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#3 posted 09-09-2009 10:49 PM

I just love these boxes. They are fun to make and provide great satisfaction.
I like the ones with the live edge… they are unusual to say the least!
How did you finish the live edge? I have always wondered what to do with them. I have a nice piece of
curley maple with a live edge and would love to do what you did.

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

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#4 posted 09-09-2009 10:58 PM

Hey Ellen,

They are a crowd pleaser too. The live edge thing was really simple. I just put a slight bevel on this edge while doing a complete bevel on the others. I then used a seal coat followed by wipe-on-poly. For the live edge, I used a small disposable ‘acid’ brush. No big deal.

I also tried to do some fancy endgrain bookmatch tops, but they never should see the light of day. Somethings were not meant to be. :)


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#5 posted 09-09-2009 11:10 PM

Nice and neat. Well done. Like the combination of wood and cut.

Although, I do wonder about the thickness of a box wall when it is a small box… 3/4 too much? Looking at ‘em, I tend to like the proportion… but I don’t know why.

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

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#6 posted 09-10-2009 12:17 AM

Hey Al,

Sorry about leaving out the dimensions:
3 inches square, 2 1/4 inches tall, 3/8 inches thick.
The tops are 3 1/2 inches square and 3/4 inches thick, and then rabbeted.


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Dustin Ward (aka Tearen)

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#7 posted 09-10-2009 01:48 AM

Unlike most of the others, I am not sold on the live edge on this size of box. I think it is too much for the base.

I would still love to see the bookmatched…. even if you feel they should not see the light of day!

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#8 posted 09-10-2009 02:11 AM

Steve they all came out fantastic.

They have a crisp beauty to them.

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

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#9 posted 09-10-2009 03:03 AM

Steve: a great set of small boxes. Nice job on the inlayed corners.

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

Steve, those boxes are quality work. Really pleasing to the eye.

Nice work.

-- "I don't cut wood. I machine it!" G.M. The wood machinest

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#11 posted 09-11-2009 03:13 AM

They look great steve.


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#12 posted 09-11-2009 05:25 AM


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