Finger Joint Box, China Berry

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Project by Blackie_ posted 03-22-2016 04:25 PM 1881 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t done a box joint box in quite awhile much less a lift off lid so I thought I’d take a step back and make one. This box I made for some neighbors, it was the agreement we had as it was they that the China Berry came from, they were having some trees removed and asked if I was interested of course I jumped on the wagon but they had requested that I make a box for them in exchange and something for them to have from the trees.

I kept it a simple build but functional, no trays just a box.

It measures 13” x 8” x 5” and is finished in a single coat of tun oil with a few follow up coats of wipe on poly my own mix satin finish.

Thanks for viewing.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 03-22-2016 05:06 PM

That’s a beauty, Randy. I love the finger joints!!
Great grain pattern in the wood , too.

Cheers, my friend!!.......................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 03-22-2016 05:33 PM


Nice change up! I have a lot of box building questions as I am in the middle of a second box build with Murphy guiding me every step I make.

Did you use a manufactured finger joint jig?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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woodshaver Tony C

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#3 posted 03-22-2016 05:49 PM

It’s simply a very good looking Box!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 03-22-2016 06:20 PM

Nice looking box Randy but I miss the wooden hinges of yours .
Some real nice grain showing and sure is a nice return gift .


-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 03-22-2016 06:41 PM

Blackie, that China Berry wood is lovely. I like the color and grain pattern. I’ll bet it will age beautifully. Box joints are not my favorite, but they are really sturdy, and if done well, are interesting despite the end grain.

This is a thoughtful gift and should last for generations. Sometimes it is pleasant to just step back and make a simple box that shows your skills and lets the wood speak for itself. Nice work. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#6 posted 03-22-2016 06:41 PM

randy, i love the box, your choice of wood is spot on, i like the whole thing, right down to the handle….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 03-22-2016 07:01 PM

had to google Chinaberry never heard of it before – good looking box and I do like finger joints, that handle is awesome

-- 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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#8 posted 03-22-2016 07:40 PM

This is a beautiful box and you did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 03-22-2016 08:10 PM

Thank you Jim, it’d been so long since I had done a finger joint box wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out.

Thanks Tom, ask away there is plenty of information on here and if I can’t answer it I’m sure someone else can, I know of several already that have made comments in here that are a great help.

Thanks Tony

Thanks Klaus, the hinges are on their way back, have a box in the making now :)

Thanks Alan, I wanted to make this a quick and simple build so I took into consideration the steps between box joint and miter joint by doing it in box joint it saved me several steps by not having to cut spline kerfs, no splines no rounded corners and no wait time, plus I keep one router table setup with the box joint jig ready at all times so there’s no setup there.

Thanks Bob.

Thanks Dick, Chinaberry is in the mahogany family and is not native to America, the berries are toxic to humans but not to birds, they eat the berries and get drunk.

Thanks Charles.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#10 posted 03-22-2016 11:35 PM

Tis a beauty Randy. Very fine looking.

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

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#11 posted 03-23-2016 12:05 AM

Hey Randy, this is definitely different and looks great. I grew up with 2 huge China berry trees in the back yard and considered them a nuisance. They are gone now, but if I had only known, they would have been put to a good use long ago. On a different note, I scored some heavily figured magnolia this past weekend. Now I just have to put the brain in gear and figure out how I am going to use it.

-- Bob

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#12 posted 03-23-2016 03:47 AM

Randy I really love the colors on this one; they are just the right accent for the grain. very well executed and a lovely handle on the lid lift, too.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#13 posted 03-23-2016 02:31 PM

Thanks Roger, Bob and Tooch.

Good luck with the magnolia Bob.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#14 posted 03-27-2016 07:18 PM

Handsome, sturdy box!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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