good boxes gone bad!

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Project by bigike posted 01-18-2010 04:53 AM 2309 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These boxes i started making then by the end alot of stuff started happening. The hinges didn’t come out right, wood was to thin to mortice a lock so the screws cracked the wood. It’s too much to list but i figured mo one ever posts their mistakes so i guessed i would be the first.

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

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#1 posted 01-18-2010 05:42 AM

Nice boxes nevertheless Ike. I like the little square one with the irregular sides. When I put hinges on a box, I always predrill a hole. You may have to look around to find a drill bit small enough for some screws, but, it will save a bunch of headaches later. What wood did you use?


-- Jim

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#2 posted 01-18-2010 05:45 AM

i don’t know i got it from work off the pallets that come in. i always try to pre drill but it’s the recess for the hinges that knock the lid out of alinment.

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

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#3 posted 01-18-2010 05:47 AM

They both look grea to me


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#4 posted 01-18-2010 06:47 AM

I should screw up like that…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#5 posted 01-18-2010 08:27 AM

Great looking little boxes. Like the sides on the square one.

Pallet wood is a great source for these small projects. The only problem is in identifying it. Most of mine are “unknown wood” projects also.haha

Keep it up.


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

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#6 posted 01-19-2010 07:45 AM


If I read you right, you mean that the lid doesn’t sit flat on the bottom after you mortise the hinges in? When that happens to me, it’s because I set the hinges in too deep. If it was too shallow, you could just take a little more off the depth and sneak up on it. I’m resolved to do all my hinges with a very shallow cut followed by a very slow sneek. lol

-- Jim

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#7 posted 02-15-2010 09:22 PM

What do yo mean no one posts their mistakes…look at my projects they are both full of mistakes LOL! My biggest mistake may be in thinking that I can build something :-)

That reminds me I should find the photos I have of my other projects and post those…..

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#8 posted 01-27-2011 06:39 PM

Nice looking pair of boxes, good design and execution. Don’t worry about a few little mistakes, that is common to all of us out here, hiding them is an art in itself, the suggestion above is a good one. I have altered my design and look to mask mistakes, and a number of times the project comes out with more character, that’s what my sweetie says anyway, lol’s, your work is very nice, keep it up and thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#9 posted 01-27-2011 08:27 PM

You’ve brought up a great subject here. We all deal with the topic of “mistakes” when we make anything. Anyone who says otherwise is clearly lying. It’s what we do with them that matters. Some folks just keep on going, as if the glink never happened, and there it is, big as life, in the finished project. Not good. Others will make a half-hearted attempt to patch the mistake with filler or something similar, and the result is the same. Not good. I guess it’s a matter of where our “acceptable” level is. True perfection is a pretty high bar, but putting something out there with obvious and visible defects is a pretty low bar.

I’m one who does not publish my errors, but I make ‘em. One friend became almost angry when I would not give him a box I was going to throw away. “But why?” he asked, not understanding at all why I would throw it away and not let him have it. The only answer I could come up with was: “Because it’s not good enough.” And I still stand by that idea. My junk does not go anywhere. And that is my call, not anyone else’s. When you let the junk out there, it will inevitably come back to haunt you.

Most mistakes are fixable. I frequently will (after the cursing stops) wait a few days with the box where I can see it, and a perfectly acceptable fix will occur to me. Re-veneer, add a pull, do an inlay, replace a line, use a bigger hinge, or something like that. And, lo and behold, the “mistake” is gone forever. But, sometimes, there’s no cure.

I could post a couple pictures of these junk boxes, but there’s really no point. Some people would keep them, and others would agree with me that they should hold nails or bolts, if that. The point is that we all set our own threshold for what is OK, what needs repair, and what is not fixable. The true “craftsman” sets that threshold pretty high.

But then, this is just my opinion. Your mileage may differ.


-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#10 posted 04-23-2014 07:23 AM

I love a great save! Maybe because I do it so often. Look great.

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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