Open and Shut case ... I mean boxes

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Project by oldnovice posted 03-12-2018 03:46 AM 1533 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Shortly after I got my first router (a Craftsman 1/2hp) in 1976 I went on a box cutting binge!

I made an adjustable template and a very crude 12”×12” router table, and started cutting out boxes!
All these boxes have sliding dovetail tops and, as can be seen in the photo, were all plunge cut while dovetails were cut on the router table.

In the first picture, starting at the top box is clear pine, then fir, red oak, and walnut. The photo shows only four of the boxes I made as I really made many more and gave most of them away. I think there may a couple left aroind the house.

I kept a couple of these boxes on my desk at work which seemed to intrigue one of the young new hires who asked me to make him one to “store” his Seiko watch (I could not afford a Seiko and here comes a young kid with one on his wrist) and he wanted out of zebra wood!

Check my home page to see why I am posting old projects!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#1 posted 03-12-2018 04:48 AM

I really like these, beautiful, useful, and efficient!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 03-12-2018 11:00 AM

Nice boxes handy for a lot of different uses.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 03-12-2018 11:03 AM

nice little boxes to hide little treasures.

-- andrek

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#4 posted 03-12-2018 01:15 PM

Nice job on the boxes. I like this type for quick and easy storage. Always a perfect little gift.

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

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#5 posted 03-12-2018 01:27 PM

Nice boxes, good to have a selection of fine woods! Reminded me that I bought a Seiko watch in Hawaii in 1990 at a flea market, thought it was a knock of for $40. Had the crystal replaced last year and cleaned still working great! Still have my first digital watch, $9.95 Timex, think 1983? Still works!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 03-12-2018 01:42 PM

Very nice boxes. Along the lines of old watches, who still has their old calculator watch? haha

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#7 posted 03-12-2018 02:43 PM

Magnificent craftsmanship especially with your early Craftsman router. I still have the 11/2 hp super router of the mid 70’s that I still use. I’ve owned two Sieko watches which I purchased in the Guam Navy Exchange in 1969 for about $20-35.oo. They were wonderful time pieces.

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

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#8 posted 03-12-2018 02:49 PM

Nice collection!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 03-12-2018 03:02 PM

Now those boxes definitely outpoint the mirror. I may use that idea, at least the top, for some in the future. And the fact you still have them attests to their durability. Pretty things.

Right now I am cranking up the router here in La Conner to help me install a flush mounted vise. Not as much fun, but a long overdue shop addition…

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#10 posted 03-12-2018 03:11 PM

Nice work brother.

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#11 posted 03-12-2018 03:23 PM

very neat little boxes …GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#12 posted 03-12-2018 05:24 PM

Great boxes, very nice. Thanks

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#13 posted 03-12-2018 09:37 PM

These are all beautiful boxes. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#14 posted 03-13-2018 01:48 AM

I like these boxes great design and super wood.great job.


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