Doug Stowe inspired box

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Project by donjoe posted 07-22-2010 04:45 PM 3845 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone, Thought I would post this Doug Stowe style box that I copied from an article he wrote critiqing an Aussie made jig called the gifkins jig. It allows you to make finger joints and dovetail joints, get this, upside down on the table router. He chose to make his with finger joints. I don’t have the jig but I really liked the box he made. My version is made with brown cedar for the sides and red cedar for the top and bottom. The hand made hinges are bacote and held on with epoxy. The box is finished with two coats of poly. My version is 9”X6”X4”. Thanks for looking.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#1 posted 07-22-2010 05:40 PM

Very nice box. Your red cedar has a very nice look to it and the handmade hinges really stand out. I am trying to picture ho someone would make something on a router table upside down but i cannot seem to visualize it. It makes the blood rush to my head just thinking about it.

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#2 posted 07-22-2010 08:45 PM

Neat box. I like that you used different cedars. The wood hinges are a nice addon..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#3 posted 07-22-2010 08:56 PM

the cedar is very nice – well done

-- -erik & christy-

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#4 posted 07-22-2010 10:53 PM

Very neat. I like the hinges.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#5 posted 07-23-2010 03:15 AM

what size are the fingers? look like 1/2” or better.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#6 posted 07-23-2010 03:19 AM

jack, they are 1/2”

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#7 posted 07-23-2010 03:21 AM

Thanks. Bye the way nice work and the finish is great.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#8 posted 07-23-2010 08:28 PM

Nice job on the box – Doug would be proud! The cedars add a very warm touch to the box – you’ve heard of comfort food… well, I think of cedar as comfort wood.


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#9 posted 07-24-2010 03:13 AM

This is an exceptional box! I like your choice of woods. The hand made hinges are very special and make this unique. Thank you for sharing the dimensions. I’d like to try making one something like it.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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