First Box - Maple Two Ways

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Project by SawMueller posted 03-21-2017 02:37 PM 930 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Technically my 2nd box, as my first was a gift, but this is my first somewhat decorative box.

As my signature notes, I’m very painfully new to woodworking, so there is an endless number of things I’d do differently. This was definitely a learning experience though!

-- Dylan in St. Louis -

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#1 posted 03-21-2017 02:47 PM

Nice looking box, I like the wood contrast.

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

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#2 posted 03-21-2017 03:23 PM

Thanks! Main thing I regret is not sticking to standard danish oil on the finish. I ALWAYS test finishes on scrap first, but for some reason I put golden oak danish oil on the box without testing it. As a result, the box turned out a bit more yellow than intended. The Birdseye isn’t bad, but the spalted portion was a little disappointing.

-- Dylan in St. Louis -

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#3 posted 03-21-2017 07:52 PM

If you are starting out, you did real well. Might I suggest thinner material? You don’t have to go w that. Just my 2 cents. I do like it. You have a good eye

-- Petey

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#4 posted 03-21-2017 08:43 PM

Yep, I agree! The spalted maple is 3/8”, but the Birdseye wasn’t really planed to a specific thickness. I think it started out 1-1/8”, then I planed it to see the figure, then ripped it in half.

I just bought the blanks to make a zero clearance plate for my table saw, so hopefully soon, I’ll have things in place to rip to specific small thicknesses.

I definitely welcome and appreciate the feedback. I see the amazing things you guys craft and am just hoping to soak in tips and tricks.

-- Dylan in St. Louis -

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#5 posted 03-21-2017 08:57 PM

This is a nice looking box. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 03-21-2017 11:19 PM

Nice looking box, how do you have it joined?

-- Think safe, be safe

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#7 posted 03-21-2017 11:22 PM

Nice job!

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#8 posted 03-22-2017 08:59 AM

Welcome to lumberland. I hope to see many future posting from you. I think you have a good eye for design and the beauty of wood. This is a lot better than my first effort. I like the general look and function of your design. I especially like the rounding of the ends and the added arch. Nice details.

The woods you chose are beautiful. Might be interesting to join the sides and bottom with dados. Since you are using thicker wood, angling the ends gives a nice effect. You might look here for some comparative design ideas. It is a posting I did several years ago. The last picture shows a variation on the concept. Sanding out indents in the thicker ends also adds function and interest. My building and photo technique has moved on from this early posting. I am sure you will evolve in your techniques as you go. For me that is part of the fun of box making.

May I suggest a first name and general location be added to your home page.

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 03-22-2017 05:14 PM

Thanks for the comments Al! The original plan was for dados, but I’m still getting comfortable with my router table and dremel. I want to play around with some recesses and inlays soon though, so hopefully simple dados won’t be daunting soon. I did make another box with rail and stile connections, but I didn’t take any pictures before giving it as a gift.

I’ll definitely consider “sculpting” a bit if I use thick stock on future boxes. I was just reading through Andy’s tutorial on that.

-- Dylan in St. Louis -

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#10 posted 08-29-2018 07:45 AM

Excellent box well done, like yourself I am new to this and have lots to learn but having great fun in the process.

-- If your going to your mums.... can I go in the shed ?

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