Boxguy Puts Pokemon In His Place

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Project by Boxguy posted 12-22-2017 07:51 AM 3488 views 14 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks for taking time to click on this project. It is always fun to hear back from other woodworkers. That feedback is what makes doing these postings fun for me. If you would like to ask questions or add comments, I would love to read them.

Pictured is a box to store 16 Pokemon decks and the papers that also come with the card decks. The decks go in the slots and the papers go in back.

This box (14 L x 8 1/2 W x 5 1/2 H) features an attached Curly Maple top and corner splines, and Black Walnut sides. A click on any of these blue linking words will take you to a blog or posting that will detail how this was done. It has a three-faceted finger lift, an inset steel continuous hinge, dadoed in bottom, cloth covered bottom, corner splines, rounded corners, 16 card pack pockets, and four layers of hand rubbed finish.

Focus: How do you get tight joints in box construction? Take a close look at the joints in the picture above. Notice how tight the corner, top, and spline joints are in this box. The top is fitted on with a shop made press.

The secret to getting good corner joints is some $5 band clamps,

and a jig like this to cut 45s.

Story: Last Christmas my grandson was all about Star Wars and Legos creatures. He is 7 now and into Pokemon. He has lots of decks and lots of paper so now he needs a box to organize his newest collection. It is my pleasure to make this box for a Christmas present. I am sure he will be collecting something else soon and that will give me an excuse to make another box for him, but they are all labors of love. Further down the road he may want to re-purpose this box, so the dividers can be removed. Grandchildren are a wonderful invention, and lots of fun. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and hope you are looking forward to it as much as I am.

Edited in this evening.

Since this is the Christmas that our grandson spends Christmas Day with his other grandparents at the opposite end of the state, we had Christmas early. Here he is with his Pokemon Box gift today.

Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 12-22-2017 09:46 AM

Very nice looking box Al. I also like how you put together your post with many links to explain your work; leaves nothing left to question. I like that you make the separators removable; good idea! And your press really gets the joints nice and tight. The joint line is hardly noticeable.
Your grandson is a very lucky little guy having you as his grandfather.
Thanks for the story and for sharing your work!
Merry Christmas Al

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

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#2 posted 12-22-2017 10:09 AM

Hey Al, HO,HO,Ho
O Mrerito Gosiamasu!
Tihen Steki Desu Yo!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 12-22-2017 10:54 AM

All that’s a terrific looking box and I’m sure he will be overjoyed to use it.

Were your ears burning yesterday? I was working on something for a Christmas present, and was adding splines to a 45° corner… Was having some trouble with the wood, used some foul language, and then thought “at least Al will be happy when I’m done”

Merry Christmas to you and yours!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#5 posted 12-22-2017 11:24 AM

Excellent box. I really like the detail on the top!!

Merry Christmas…...................Cheers,, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 12-22-2017 12:14 PM

Nice box, Al, and looks like it should be able to stand up to a seven-year-old.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 12-22-2017 12:26 PM

Replies To Comments:

Tony, thanks for such a detailed and thoughtful response. I hope others find the links to be useful. It is a slow process embedding all the links into a post. I am a lucky “Grampa” to have such a fine grandson.

Doc, a “Merry Christmas” to you and yours. After several months of working on the shop is is nice to get to work in the shop again.

Montana Bob, thanks. I looked at your projects. Your Christmas boxes and most recent work have lots of details on the tops. Nice work! Keep boxing and keep posting.

Tooch, always nice to be thought of, thanks. I am glad the language was directed at the wood and not at me. Corner splines and a three part lift have become my signature for boxes. You really have become proficient with your CNC machine and all that it takes to make it work well. I really liked the games you made. I hope you and your students are enjoying your time away from school.

Jim, thanks With over 700 projects posted you have really kept your lathe spinning. I liked the shoehorn. I made some a couple of years ago as I had a spat of friends who were getting new hips. A German company makes a nice shoehorn with a spring at the top of the horn. The spring makes the horn much easier to use. Sorry, but I can’t find the link to their company at the moment. Dave, I did have durability in mind when I made this box. For several years now my Grandson has been the head of my product testing division.

-- Big Al in IN

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#8 posted 12-22-2017 12:27 PM

Top notch for sure. I’ll be taking a closer look at that jig as well. Grandkids .. they are awesome, I have 5.
Thanks for sharing and a great presentation.

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#9 posted 12-22-2017 12:52 PM

Al, another super box! I built my Son one for his “Magic” cards years ago. One of my first projects. Nowhere near this nice. I’m sure your Grandson will love it!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#10 posted 12-22-2017 01:14 PM

Another splendid job on a fine looking box. As always, thanks for all your detailed information. You help novice woodworkers like me learn more and more.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#11 posted 12-22-2017 01:39 PM

Al, I love this box and it shows your usual fine quality and craftsmanship and the wood is beautiful. BTW, I really like that shop table and 45 degree jig. Fantastic work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 12-22-2017 01:46 PM

What a outstanding box Al. The grain in front has such a even flow to it. Great idea for the removable dividers. They can learn early to repurpose as we do.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#13 posted 12-22-2017 02:12 PM

Thanks for the post, I always learn something from you.

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#14 posted 12-22-2017 02:29 PM

nice work as always al not only do i enjoy the beautiful boxes you create but i always learn tips and tricks to make wood working easier and better.i wish you and your family happy holidays.looking forward too seeing what you bring us next year.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#15 posted 12-22-2017 03:00 PM

Great work. I really like this box.

-- Larry - Illinois

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