Oak Wine Boxes

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Project by Todd A. Clippinger posted 01-18-2010 05:58 AM 6547 views 23 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These boxes are made of red oak for the sides and black walnut for the bottom.

The finish is Watco Danish Oil – Natural. This looks perfect on a simple box and is super easy to apply.

These were donated to a charity fundraiser auction as part of a wine package that my wife wanted to put together. There were two bottles of wine, a donated gift certificate to a local Italian restaurant, and these boxes.

Rita bought a bag of colorful wood curls to pack the bottles in and tied the two boxes together in a purple ribbon of some sort. It made for an extremely attractive display. She comes up with some pretty creative ideas.

I made the boxes as simple as possible to knock them out quick. They feature extended through dovetails held together with a dowel pin through the first finger and dovetail in each corner.

These dovetails are tight and with the addition of the pin, they could have been assembled without glue and I doubt that they would ever come apart due to the mechanical lock on the joints. This is my favorite way to lock dovetail joints.

One other note on design; the semi circle cut in the ends adds tremendous value aesthetically. I have made boxes with and without this “finger hole” and they look much better if it is added. A very simple thing to add that adds a lot of value visually.

These were made from some of the wood that I did not give away in my most recent purging of scrap material from the shop. Just goes to show what you can make from small boards.

I don’t make boxes very often and this seems to be adding to the effect of creating demand for them. The lady that won this package in the silent auction said that she kept her eye on them because she could not get me to make boxes for her. The problem is that most people are not willing to pay my shop rate for simple boxes.

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-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#1 posted 01-18-2010 06:01 AM

great Looking wine boxes


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#2 posted 01-18-2010 06:07 AM

looks good

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#3 posted 01-18-2010 06:10 AM

These are great looking boxes and a great idea (that I will probably borrow). My thought is that, since I do a lot of turnings I can easily collect shavings that would easily serve as the wood curls. There has to be something constructive I can do with all those shavings/curls/chips/whatever.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 01-18-2010 06:14 AM

big or small projects, I still love all the detail you put in your work. Fantastic upgrade and keepsake to the auction items up for bid.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#5 posted 01-18-2010 06:26 AM

She bought the boxes and poured the wine out. And figured she came out ahead.

Nice looking boxes Todd.

-- 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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#6 posted 01-18-2010 07:20 AM

Great looking boxes but the most shocking thing to me is that your wife bought wood shavings…did you throw out every piece of dust in that shop clean-up & organization!?

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#7 posted 01-18-2010 07:29 AM

richgreer – The box idea is available to borrow.

kenn – Yep, all the shavings went out to the dumpster. I will admit my shavings are not as attractive as what my wife bought at WorldMarket.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#8 posted 01-18-2010 07:49 AM

very nice boxes Todd!


-- Robin Renee'

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#9 posted 01-18-2010 07:52 AM

great boxes!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#10 posted 01-18-2010 09:04 AM

Nice boxes Todd, I’m wondering why you didn’t make your own shavings? :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 01-18-2010 12:20 PM

Nice boxes Todd. I like the protruding dovetails and I totally agree that the little cutout is the right finishing touch. The wood was also very suitable for this design.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 01-18-2010 01:43 PM

nice work, i thought those were finger/box joints. Are they hand cut?

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

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#13 posted 01-18-2010 03:40 PM

Nice job they look great. Are the dove tails hand cut?

-- Mert,Oshkosh WI,

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#14 posted 01-18-2010 04:12 PM

Very nice. Now if only someone would pioneer the creation of wooden six-pack carriers, I’d be a happy man.

-- Woodworking is easy as 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510...

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#15 posted 01-18-2010 04:31 PM

I made 5 boxes total so I used the Akeda Dovetail Jig.

Two went into the auction, my wife kept one, and she is giving two of them to her daughter when she visits from Seattle this week.


-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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