Boxguy Gets Spacy

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Project by Boxguy posted 02-08-2016 09:20 AM 2137 views 4 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks for clicking in. As always, I will look forward to your comments and suggestions, and will try to respond to all of them. So, feel free to “have your say.”

Pictured: This is a six-sided box (12 3/4” L x 6 3/4 W x 4” H). The top and bottom are glued directly to the sides. It has a three-part finger lift, a continuous steel hinge, and splines on each corner.


The top, bottom, and corner splines are from an Anegre tree that grew in East Africa. This wood was part of a shipping crate for fine veneer.

The sides are Black Cherry from a tree that grew in Southern Indiana. A hundred years ago this cherry tree was made into solid wood paneling for a mansion built by a veneer manufacturer. I salvaged some of the cherry paneling when the mansion was being torn down and I made it into the sides for this box.

Story: I always enjoy working with others. There is something magical about two people creating a piece together that they couldn’t create working just by themselves. After I made this box, it looked a little plain. Thomas is very good at wood burning, so I asked him if he would like to put a scene on the top of the box. When I work with others I like to give them the freedom to do whatever they would like with their part of the project.

I must say that I was a little surprised when a flying saucer landed in the middle of this box. Now I guess we’ll see if there is a market in southern Indiana for boxes depicting space travel. I left the box empty on the inside because I was not sure if it would do for a tea box like I originally intended.

There seems to be no end to the adventures in box making. There always seem to be plot twists when you least expect them. I wonder what will happen next?

Keep boxing and keep posting!

-- Big Al in IN

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#1 posted 02-08-2016 12:55 PM

I’ve gotta say, “Far Out”. You’re boxes are always some gr8 eye candy

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#2 posted 02-08-2016 01:35 PM

Crazy cool, I can only hope the little green men haven’t taken over your shop.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 02-08-2016 02:09 PM

great box, the empty cavity will surely come in handy when they do land and deposit “stuff”

seriously GREAT looking box !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 02-08-2016 02:14 PM

Here in NM that design would sell like hotcakes with the Roswell thing still being popular..Your friend is quite and artists also….

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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#5 posted 02-08-2016 03:10 PM

Speaking as someone who has seen 4 ufos, and having been born in Roswell myself, I love it!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#6 posted 02-08-2016 04:21 PM


Roger, thanks I try to keep my boxes interesting and varied. I wish I kept my shop as neatly cleaned as you seem to.

Bob, The little green men are not as big a problem as the little green women. I have set mouse traps around the shop. I have enjoyed seeing your natural edge boxes. They have a nice look. Seems we both have the same kind of cyclone as well.

Dick, better the aliens use the box than me for storage. If I see them, I’ll remind them of that. Thanks for the compliment.

Jim, You are right. Thomas is a fine artist, and he is fun to work with. I think there may be a better market in NM for this than where I live, but who knows. Looks like it is time you tried posting a project. It really is fun to do…once you have mastered the learning curve.

Jerry, thanks. I may have to try to sell you this box, but first I’ll see how it does when I put it in the local gallery. Your humidors were very nicely done. Hope you are enjoying your new shop.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 02-08-2016 04:36 PM

I am another fan from New Mexico. I live in San Juan County, 400 miles from Roswell. Roswell has the most famous UFO history, but it is well documented in our county in the same time period as the Roswell incident that we had many credible witnesses of UFOs. And so I love the design on your box. Your box even without the design is wonderful.4561+2

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#8 posted 02-08-2016 04:46 PM

Like all your boxes, this one is great. The drawing on top is a new twist, nice. Hope it works out for you.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#9 posted 02-08-2016 05:26 PM

I think you both did a great job. Another beautiful box and I’m not surprised. Looking forward to your next one.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#10 posted 02-08-2016 05:29 PM

Un- worldly wonderful!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#11 posted 02-08-2016 06:26 PM

Excellent project. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#12 posted 02-08-2016 06:34 PM

Nice joint effort. You have been doing some interesting shapes.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#13 posted 02-08-2016 07:03 PM

Wow! Beautiful piece as always. Congrats! An additional piece that inspires me, ;)

-- Tichomir Toth, Slovakia,

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#14 posted 02-08-2016 07:23 PM

Neat box. I think the artwork complements the box very well. Excellent to see two people collaborate on a project.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#15 posted 02-08-2016 08:12 PM


Where’s the wabi sabi? LOL! Nicely done per your usual high standards of excellence!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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