Twin (almost) Boxes

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Project by Jim Crockett (USN Retired) posted 02-02-2010 04:16 PM 2598 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These boxes were commissioned by a neighbor for her daughters.

Ash with Purpleheart tops and miter keys; tray is American Elm stained with MinWax Walnut. Trays have leather inserts. Two things keep them from being the same – slightly different sizes (no idea how that happened) and one has the chain on the right, the other on the left (predrilled the holes for the chain screws and glued the one with the chain on the right incorrectly).

Carcasses have five coats of Watco Danish Oil, each wet-sanded with 400# then with 800# for final coat Purpleheart tops have at least ten coats of Zinnser’s SealCoat, sanded back to fill the pores, then a single coat of SealCoat and four coats of Arm-R-Seal. After drying, everything received a coat of wax. Lots of work finishing these but I think the results are worth the effort; the boxes are “baby-butt” smooth!


-- 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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#1 posted 02-02-2010 05:32 PM

Great Boxes!!! Congratulations, maybe you can show us the process to make em. i also want to make one. Thanks…

-- I Just Love Working With Wood.

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#2 posted 02-02-2010 05:33 PM

Very nice boxes well done.


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Jim Crockett (USN Retired)

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#3 posted 02-02-2010 05:58 PM

Fito, if you have a subscription to Fine Woodworking’s online information, the article I used to make these boxes is here – A Better Way to Make Boxes, by Doug Stowe, a renowned box maker. The article was originally published in Fine Woodworking Magazine #201, Dec. 2008.


-- 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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#4 posted 02-02-2010 06:47 PM

Thats a stunning pair of boxes, the white makes the purple jump off the page.
Well done Jim!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#5 posted 02-02-2010 06:53 PM

Very nice boxes.
I especially love the the slightly different sizes and opposite side mounted chains. Those “design elements”.....that you INTENTIALLY incorporated, make for a unique, one of a kind project.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 02-02-2010 07:25 PM

very nice – the purple is very striking

-- -erik & christy-

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#7 posted 02-02-2010 07:35 PM

Good looking boxes. You sir, have more patience than I in terms of finish, but your results speak for themselves.


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#8 posted 02-02-2010 08:09 PM

Great Job, Jim!! A really sweet looking pair! All that work on the finishing paid off, they look glass-smooth…
Maybe they’re not twins, but they are without doubt Sisters!! ;-)

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

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#9 posted 02-02-2010 08:42 PM

Beautiful boxes. The purple heart looks great and contrast nicely with the light wood. Keep up the good work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 02-02-2010 09:01 PM

Jim, these are gorgeous boxes. And the time and effort you spent on the finish shows.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#11 posted 02-02-2010 11:26 PM

You have out done yourself Jim. Those boxes are absolutely beautiful. Great Job keep up the good work.

-- F.Little

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#12 posted 02-03-2010 12:48 PM

Love the contrast

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 02-05-2010 12:33 AM

you can see that the work involved has shown what a nice job , thanks for showing.

-- john, Moose Jaw, Sask, [email protected]

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