My First Completed Tiny Box

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Hello Everyone,

For several months I have been working on making the first box in Doug Stowe’s book ‘Basic Box Making’. I have learned a lot a long the way. For those who follow my blog, you know that there have been several challenges, for a neophyte such as myself, to overcome.

Last night I applied some Tung oil to this tiny box. It is one of 12 in the batch. I decided to create a batch of tiny boxes, because I reasoned that having to do each aspect of the build, multiple times, would be educational. It was! I learned a bunch. The bottoms fit better in the later boxes, I am improving at getting a good fit for the lid, and my spline cuts are now rock solid.

Woodworking is fun!


-- Brian Meeks,

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#1 posted 08-25-2010 05:15 AM

Nicely done. I have the same book + DVD, and I thought I recognized this design. This is a box that is on my to do list and for the same purpose… the need to practice. I was surprised that the DVD covered some fine points that I didn’t catch in the book. (movie better than the book?) Yes, they are fun to do.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#2 posted 08-25-2010 05:23 AM

A beautiful box with classic lines and the wood selection stands out nicely!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Bill Davis

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#3 posted 08-25-2010 05:31 AM

Great work!

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#4 posted 08-25-2010 09:52 AM

looks good man

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#5 posted 08-25-2010 10:46 AM

Nice box.
Time for chapter two.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 08-25-2010 10:55 AM

Very beautiful, Brian. It has also been educational for us to witness your process. It is quite a wonderful milestone to see the first one completed. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#7 posted 08-25-2010 11:23 AM

Very nice choice of woods.Looks unusuall.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 08-25-2010 11:29 AM

nice job mate, and very interesting blogg , thanks a lot

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#9 posted 08-25-2010 11:44 AM

Thanks everyone. As I get the other tiny boxes done, I will try to remember to put them in here too. I think the one with the padauk lid is going to look nice also.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#10 posted 08-25-2010 01:02 PM

Brian, I like it! I don’t have any box making books and really enjoy seeing all the different boxes that show up here.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#11 posted 08-25-2010 02:04 PM

Very nice Brian. Congrats on your build. That is a classic.

A few more pictures of the next ones would be great. Inside, how the lid fits, ....

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 08-25-2010 02:48 PM


I will do multiple pictures of the next box, that is a good idea.


-- Brian Meeks,

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#13 posted 08-25-2010 03:40 PM

Really like the design and your choice of woods on this one, Brian.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#14 posted 08-25-2010 06:00 PM

Great job Brian!! I need to add that book to my list of books to read!! Love reading your blog :)

-- helen

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#15 posted 08-26-2010 01:09 AM

Unique looking design Brian and for Your first box it looks impressive to boot ! I agree with more pics suggestion.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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