My son said "you can't"

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Project by Nick424 posted 10-23-2016 10:49 PM 4417 views 7 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son likes those river tables, and said that a box like that would be cool especially if I could wrap it around the corner, “But you could never do that”. Well it got me thinking and since the wedding gift box was gone, I had to start on something. This is what I came up with as a proof of concept piece. A few things I will do differently next time, set the glass on the inside to hide the chipped edge of the glass, and try to make sure your board is big enough for the whole box. The board I had was to short to make a lid, so I found one that looked very close to it. As you can see after the Danish oil went on it was way off in color. I will try to find something that matches better when I return from this trip.

Thanks for looking, and ask- comment- critique. I like to learn.

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#1 posted 10-24-2016 12:15 AM

WOW, That is sure unique! Nice work on it!!


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

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#2 posted 10-24-2016 01:35 AM

Excellent box. Great job!

-- AJ

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#3 posted 10-24-2016 01:56 AM

Awesome, I love it.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#4 posted 10-24-2016 02:41 AM

That is cool and original to me.

Is that a light inside for the one picture?


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#5 posted 10-24-2016 10:01 AM

Yes Steve, I put my flashlight inside while I was working on it to take the picture.

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#6 posted 10-24-2016 01:02 PM

Unique design!

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#7 posted 10-24-2016 01:58 PM

Really nice work. Could you make the glass go all the way around? Not sure if that would negatively impact the integrity of the box, but I think it would look cool. What method did you use for cutting the glass to match the contour you cut into the box? I’m only familiar with cutting straight lines in glass. Looks like a great project and a fun challenge!!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#8 posted 10-24-2016 02:12 PM

Very cool! I like your “challenge accepted” attitude!!!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#9 posted 10-24-2016 03:24 PM

Nice workmanship, but to be honest, I don’t think it actually looks good. The box would be nicer-looking without the glass application.

I’m not sure if boxes are not suitable in general for this look (darkness inside…), or if another way of doing it might look better. Maybe on the lid vs on the side – which would also reduce the impact of glass’s fragility on the usefulness of the box.

I understand that traversing the corner was a big part of the technical challenge, and a lot of the build was about surmounting that challenge.

Impressive build either way.

To the rabid “positive comments only” people, pls note that he asked for comments and critiques.

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#10 posted 10-24-2016 03:57 PM

I love when people use imagination. Awesome job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 10-24-2016 04:26 PM

I understand where gargey is coming from on his comment as many projects have a high number of 5 word positive and no critique or questions. I put this one on “watch” due to its unique approach.

That said, I look at most projects as idea starters rather than something I would duplicate. My take on this project is to put a similar rough shaped colored glass flush in a 5/8” side with LED behind it, then have drawers for function. Or, use the concept in a lamp base.


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#12 posted 10-24-2016 07:20 PM

Great Job! When someone tells me “you can’t…” my response is usually to go do it, as long as it does not break any laws.

OK comment out of the way now for my question: What type of glass did you use? I could see this working well with dichroic glass which tends to be a little sturdier than regular glass and also offers a reflective surface quality that could overcome the need to put a light inside. (Although installing a small battery operated LED would be another cool challenge – opposite of a refrigerator light – one that turns on when the lid closes.)

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#13 posted 10-24-2016 07:39 PM

That’s neat! Great idea.


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#14 posted 10-24-2016 10:10 PM

The integrated glass is interesting from a technical “how-to” angle, but the randomness clashes with the linear lines of the box joints. I wonder what a deeper colored wood, maybe something quilted would do for the overall look of the box. Still, great first version. It seems like it takes a couple of tries to get something that really pops.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#15 posted 10-24-2016 10:10 PM

I like it.

I am also sure several otherLJ’S will be doing projects from this great idea!

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

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