Cherry and Curly Maple Box

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Project by Cheapguy82 posted 01-22-2017 07:54 PM 2774 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a box that I built to try out new techniques. If you’d like to read about all the things that I messed up along the way – and yes, there were plenty – go to my blog for a laugh.

The box is made of some cherry wood that a friend gave me a while ago and curly maple that I had left over from some other projects. I made it to house my coin collection.

I’d like to be able to develop enough skill to begin to build a side business selling a few items here and there. Having a plan B for my family doing something that I love makes me smile. Maybe one day I’ll get there.

Kudos to the folks on here who have unknowingly provided encouragement for me to give new things a try. I am like anyone else in that I like a comfort zone. Having so many talented teachers on here has been great.

Thanks and check out the story.

Here are the pics:

-- Stephen - Georgia

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#1 posted 01-22-2017 11:20 PM

This is an outstanding box.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 01-23-2017 05:40 AM

Stephen, I like the inserted pictures. This box is beautiful work. The finish looks great, the stripes catch your eye, the interior seems well thought out. The proportions are good and the finger lift looks familiar. The corner splines look different.

I like the fact that you are trying and experimenting with all sorts of techniques. That is what is especially nice about making boxes. You can make one and go on to the next in fairly short order. I have now made hundreds of boxes and still learn something with just about every new box. I can see how important playing is to my 6-year-old grandson; he really works at playing. However, I also think playing is important to adults…though we don’t admit it to ourselves. Have fun, enjoy playing, and keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 01-23-2017 06:12 AM

Nice work, always remember you are your own worst critic. LOL

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 01-23-2017 06:44 AM

I think it is a really nice job and love how the cherry comes up for the lid.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#5 posted 01-23-2017 11:25 AM

Really nice job the box came out great. Keep up the great work.

-- Thom CT.

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#6 posted 01-23-2017 03:24 PM

beautiful box

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#7 posted 01-23-2017 11:40 PM

Thank you all for the kind and encouraging words. Believe me, after seeing some of your work, I take it as very very high praise. I covered a lot of my mistakes in other entries about this project, but I really would like to hear any constructive criticism if anyone cares to provide any. I would like to grow in skill to a point where I could eventually sell some of the things that I make, but I still have a lot to learn before that happens, I think.

The project was a ton of fun and I learned a lot (I wrote all about it in my blog entries, with a lot more pictures).

I love woodworking because I can start with an idea, make my own plans, and come out with something that (1) looks nice and (2) is unique. It’s cool to me to get compliments about this box and know that no one can just go to WalMart and pick one up.

-- Stephen - Georgia

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