Oak and Jatoba Lift Lid Box

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I just got into woodworking this year and have really enjoyed learning more about tools, wood, and what happens when the two come together. Over the months, I’ve acquired a number of tools from estate sales and craigslist and a good amount of wood cutoffs and scraps from local cabinet makers, as well as a couple larger boards from craigslist and estate sales.

I’ve seen many projects on this site and others and have a list of so many things I want to try to make. I thought I would start with the basics and make a box. When I first thought of a wooden box, I didn’t think much of it. The thought of making a box didn’t seem like a big deal. It turned out to be a lot harder than I imagined, but it was a lot of fun and good practice.

What am I going to do with it now? I don’t know, let my daughter put some beads in it or something.

Simple lift lid box from Doug Stowe’s book: Basic Box Making

Made of Jatoba and Oak – Oct/Nov 2016

-- Steven, California, ,,

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#1 posted 12-01-2016 03:03 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Steven! Great looking box for your first project. You found a great place to learn about woodworking. We all were beginners at one point and there’s plenty of help here on this site… just ask and you’ll get plenty of info. Good luck with your next project! Play safe!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 12-01-2016 07:29 AM

Beautiful shape and angles.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 12-01-2016 10:33 AM

Stephen, welcome to Lumber Land. Your box shows that you have mastered all the basics of building boxes. I like your rendition of Doug Stowe’s design. I don’t know if box building will be your passion, but I have really enjoyed making boxes for the past few years.

Stephen, you might especially enjoy looking at this Kleenex box posting.

Since you are new here, let me offer some possible postings, methods, projects, and topics you might be interested in if you are looking for ideas and techniques. Keep boxing and keep posting.

Tutorials: For methods used to make boxes like the one pictured above just click on the blue links below. They are arranged by topic. They start with the topics that are the most basic to making boxes.

Making a jig to cut spline slots:
Jig for 45ing corners:
Making splines with a simple jig:
Finishing tips:
$5 band clamps:
Combining Wood Colors:
Sizing Tea Boxes and Dividers From Venetian Blinds
Making Kleenex boxes:
Making music boxes
Routers and Rounding edges
Why round box corners?
Organizing a glue-up table:
Adding splines to a box:
Measuring for spline slot cuts:
Installing an attached top: like that pictured above.
Cutting off the box top and sizing piano hinges
Adding finger indents:
More about finger indents.
Mortising and installing hinges:
Tips on making sliding trays: for inside boxes:
Tips for making music boxes
Building a simple marble game
Swapping Wood By Mail:
Making a serving tray with angled sides.
Roy Underhill's tool tote.
Teaching Boxmaking

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 12-01-2016 03:50 PM

Welcome to lumber jocks, looks like you are off to a great start.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#5 posted 12-01-2016 09:44 PM

Steven, you have done a very nice job on this box. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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