Another box

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Project by j_olsen posted 11-15-2009 06:36 PM 1920 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my second attempt at box making this time trying to take into account the grain running all the way around the box per Alans’ suggestion from my first box.

Materials: Brazilian cherry, Paduak, Maple and Poplar
Finish: Cabots spray poly (yes I took the easy way out this time)
Size: 4.25”H x 12”W x 6.125”D

Things I wished had been better was the contrast in color between the Paduak and Brazilian cherry—in hindsight I think a small highlight strip of maple or something very light would have been good

Things I did like was the top—I found the Poplar at Lowes (had to get cheap due to being unemployed for the past 6 months) the grain jumped out at me even in the rack and even more so when I hit it with the poly

As always I look forward to comments/criticism from everyone

BTW whoever said box building was easy needs to rethink that!!!


-- Jeff - Bell Buckle, TN

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#1 posted 11-15-2009 07:24 PM

your box looks great as is strip on the side is a good contrast
thanks for posting

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#2 posted 11-15-2009 07:43 PM

nice box love the divider tray

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#3 posted 11-15-2009 08:06 PM

Beautiful box Jeff, nice choice of wood and good craftsmanship.

I kind of disagree about another hi light strip, I think it is fine the way it is. The grain in the top speaks for itself and the handle is enough contrast I think.

I really like the added “feet / stand” that you put on the bottom ends, very nice touch !

Keep up the good work and a big welcome to LJ’s

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#4 posted 11-15-2009 08:15 PM

This is a great box Jeff.

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#5 posted 11-15-2009 10:35 PM

Jeff, Very nice box. I like the contrast of your woods and your craftsmanship looks superb!.. Great Job.

-- John @

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#6 posted 11-15-2009 10:45 PM

I agree with Gene about the accent stripe… doesn’t need to wrap around… fine like it is..
good choice of timbers and well executed.. should be proud of the job you have done,
keep posting.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 11-15-2009 11:20 PM

Beautiful Box, Jeff!! As others have said, the contrasting stripe looks fine to me, but if you aren’t pleased with it… well… all the more excuse to build another one!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#8 posted 11-15-2009 11:26 PM

I like to wood combanations

Looks great

-- Guy,PEI

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#9 posted 11-15-2009 11:58 PM

Fantastic box. Great choice of woods used. The accent stripe is fine. You don’t want too much contrast to draw the eye away from the design.

There are easy box plans and harder box plans. But nobody said they were easy to build! haha Mitered corners can be a real pain. and mitering trim on the lid is no exception. You did a fantastic job on the build. Great finish also.

Keep it up.


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

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#10 posted 11-16-2009 12:15 AM

Very nice box! I like the colors and I particularly like your treatment of the top. Fantastic handle – that must have taken some work and the trim around the edges sets off the nice grain in the poplar. You also did an excellent job on the dividers and I know from experience how difficult that is!


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#11 posted 11-16-2009 02:24 AM

Thanks all for the kind words and encouragement.
The sides were glued up then resawn then planed flat of which I did get bit carried away with and they ended up being under .25 thick.
the top I started with .75 material edged it with the Paduak then did a raised panel effect and cut the rabbet around the bottom for it to set on the box
Jim you are sooooooo right about the dividers—I don’t dare tell you how many pieces of ply i used practicing before I cut the maple.
Btw the stripe in the box shows up better in the pictures because of the flash on the camera—wishing oit showed like that in natural light but here again I appreciate all comments

-- Jeff - Bell Buckle, TN

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#12 posted 11-16-2009 06:27 AM

this is really nice!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#13 posted 11-17-2009 12:38 AM

This looks like a nice box to me, with a good choice of woods. You have reminded me that my next box needs to have compartments.

-- Stanley generally struggling

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