Boxguy and Joel Glue Africa to India

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Project by Boxguy posted 04-22-2017 10:48 AM 3236 views 6 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks to all of you who have taken time to look at this posting. A special thanks to those who have taken the extra time to “have your say” and have sent comments and questions my way. It is your feedback that makes doing these posts worthwhile. I try to respond to all comments, so check back for that.

Pictured is a jewelry box (12×6 x 6 ) that Joel made in my shop. The top and
corner splines are African Movingui (Ghana) the sides are East Indian Laural.

This box has these features: an attached top, an indented finger lift, a sliding/lift out tray, rounded corners, a custom sized continuous hinge, four coats of hand-rubbed finish, corner splines, and dividers” in the bottom section. Clicking on the blue links will give you more information about how to do that step of the build.

Story, Joel is a new friend in the shop. We decided to work out a swap. I taught Joel how I make boxes, and he fixed my computer so that I could once again do posting like this on Lumber Jocks. Both of us have been very satisfied with the deal. This is the box Joel made for his wife.

Now Joel makes sure the computers in the Math and Science departments of a large local university are running to suit everybody. But, growing up he worked in his father’s woodworking shop, so he knows his way around tools. However, this was his first time making a box.

Joel inherited this East Indian Laurel board and several other scrap boards from his dad. So making a box from this wood has a sentimental element about it. Perhaps some of you in Lumberland also have wood that has been passed on to you. I have. And making a box from that wood has a special feeling about it.

Joel did a super job on the finish of this box. And was willing to take his time on the small details of the process that result in a wonderful finished product. Joel said he was surprised how much he enjoyed getting back to woodworking. And we are looking forward to working together on other projects .

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#1 posted 04-22-2017 11:08 AM

Very nicely done. The wood combination and finish look beautiful.

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#2 posted 04-22-2017 11:10 AM

Awesome as usual! Congrats!

-- Tichomir Toth, Slovakia,

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#3 posted 04-22-2017 11:20 AM

Good contrast and the top wood,i like all the smooth curves as well.

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,you must polish it to shine.....

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#4 posted 04-22-2017 11:30 AM

Really nice box with interesting wood combinations. The top is great.

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#5 posted 04-22-2017 12:44 PM

Very nice Alan, nice to have someone you can trade skills with :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#6 posted 04-22-2017 12:57 PM

Congrats to both of you. Beautiful wood and craftsmanship.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#7 posted 04-22-2017 01:45 PM

My first thought, from the title, was, “Damn, India left Africa eons ago. Left fast enough to hit Asia hard enough to form the Himalaya mountains and you and Joel put it back??? Man, that’s a pretty good trick.”

Then I looked at the box and thought, ” Hmmm, maybe they really could do that”

Great job on the box, guys. That piece of Movingui is beautiful! Most of my collaborations with Miss Honey Ma’am don’t turn out that well.

Have a good’un

-- rejo55, East Texas

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#8 posted 04-22-2017 01:47 PM

Nice, my wife says she loves the wood.

-- nice recovery, They should pay extra for that mistake, Eric E.

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#9 posted 04-22-2017 01:48 PM

Absolutely MAGNIFICENT! I really like the design with the curver corners and splines. Tho grain of the top is out of this world. Boy, that’s a great swap.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#10 posted 04-22-2017 01:59 PM

Replies to comments:

Jay, thanks. Joel had the Laurel from his dad, and it just seemed to deserve the piece of figured Movingui that I had in my shop. Joel really did a patient job on this finish.

Tichomir, thanks. Joel and I really had fun working on this project. Joel did most of the work. I made a parallel box for most of it.

Bud, I agree the curves and soft lines are what give this box its character. My sister accused me of making boxes that look like used bars of soap. Note to self: disown sister.

Red Oak, I agree the top is beautiful, especially since Joel did such a super job on the finish. In strong light this top looks holographic as it shimmers and reflects.

Blackie, I have traded boxes for lots of things and other people have helped me learn new skills as we have made boxes together. It really makes having a shop into a sharing experience.

Brit, thanks. This build like so many I have done is a team effort, though Joel deserves credit for doing the work on this box.

Joe, Lumber Jocks has been a little short on tectonic plate humor lately. I am glad to see you are filling in that gap. Thanks for the fun response.

Eric, your wife has excellent taste. She likes East Indian Laurel, Movingui, and married you…the trifecta.

Russell, it is really fun to trade skills with others, and it is a great way to make new friends, learn, and create new projects.

-- Big Al in IN

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-- Don K, (Holland, Michigan)

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#12 posted 04-22-2017 03:04 PM

Overall very nicely styled and built. That top wood and finish look superb!

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#13 posted 04-22-2017 03:08 PM

This is an outstanding box and I just love the great details and craftsmanship. The wood is wonderful. Congratulations to the both of you.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#14 posted 04-22-2017 03:38 PM

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Don, always good to hear from you. I see you are emphasizing hand tools lately.

Splinter, thanks. The Laurel is not as flashy as the Movingui, but it is a wonderful wood too. It is quite rare and extremely dense.

Charles, thanks. Joel did a great job on this box. All the details add up to make the look a success.

-- Big Al in IN

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#15 posted 04-22-2017 04:31 PM


Hey teach it’s good to see you’re still at it. LOL! It does have a ”bar of soap” feel in the shape. LOL! I like how my soap fits my hands. Just never thought about it ‘til now. LOL!

Looking for more of your videos?????

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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