My first box

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Project by Jesse posted 09-17-2010 08:15 AM 1911 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been a little while since my first project post and i wanted to update what I’ve been working on as I slowly try to progress down the road of wood working. This is not really my first “attempt” at a box, but it is the first time I have been able to assemble anything resembling a box :D I made an attempt at making a few boxes by ‘eyeballing’ it with miserable results. So I purchased the plans for this box from my relatively local woodcraft store. I will admit that the plans gave me the information I needed to get me over the hump, but I was somewhat disappointed by the the plans in general. The very first step ( which was literally about 10 steps written in a huge run-on sentence) was inaccurate. The cutting list showed the dimensions for the ends as the dimensions for the sides and vice versa. Obviously, you still end up with the right pieces, but as a newbie I pony up the cash for something to walk me through my first projects and was disheartened with the inaccuracies.

Rant off/

This box is made from the white oak stained darker then I had planned. The top panel is cherry that i stained red that I’m actually pretty fond of. Keys are walnut. I haven’t decided yet if I will make a jewelry tray for the inside or leaving more as memory box because it turned out larger then I expected. (12 3/4L x 6 3/4W x 4D)

I give a lot of credit to the master box makers on this site, because I realized just how much attention to detail they are able to translate into their work. While I struggled with the fundamentals. My miters are terrible! Live and learn though and my wife is very happy to take it off my hands lol.

She recently started stealing pieces out of my scrap bin to do wood burning projects on. I have to give her credit that she is doing a great job! It’s a simple pleasure for me that she can not only participate in my hobby but also add to the finished product. The phrase included inside the box says ” I will love you forever” -in Italian. At least, that’s her story.

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#1 posted 09-17-2010 08:53 AM

Good job Jesse. I’m in your league, a basic woodworker hoping to make master, someday :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 09-17-2010 10:37 AM

Really beautiful. Less is more with no doubt.
Best thoughts,

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

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#3 posted 09-17-2010 10:45 AM

Nice work. Practice is always the way to perfect things. Looks good congrats.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 09-17-2010 01:53 PM

Jesse, your box turned out great. I recently checked out Basic Box Making by Doug Stowe, from my library (I don’t know why I always forget that there are loads of free books full of valuable information at my local library!) and I learned some very valuable things. The library also had this same title on DVD, which made things even better. The book talks about some of the fundamentals of box making and contains quite a few plans to build the boxes. It was very easy to follow. I suggest checking out your library for this title or others on the subject. It is the cheapest way to pick up some great info.

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#5 posted 09-17-2010 03:13 PM

Great job!! We learn with each project, keep going.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 09-17-2010 03:13 PM

Excellent job, Jesse. Good design, clean construction… you will surely be addicted now. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 09-17-2010 03:33 PM

Good job with the box. Keep at it, every time it gets better. Thats what we are all trying to do.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#8 posted 09-17-2010 03:47 PM

Welcome to box addiction.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#9 posted 09-17-2010 04:35 PM

Great job on Your first box build,it looks like it is well made and something You can take pride in !I still haven’t come up with a design to build My first small box(too many to choose from). Any way nice work and stay safe.

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

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#10 posted 09-17-2010 05:01 PM

Nice work! That inscription is close enough to Latin for me to corroborate your wife’s translation…as if you needed it.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#11 posted 09-17-2010 06:00 PM

Good job with your box. You are right, the attention to detail and accessories make all the difference in the quality of boxes. You’ll find that you constantly learn as you continue to make boxes.

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#12 posted 09-17-2010 10:46 PM

I commend you on your first box. I doubt that I could come close to that. Great job!


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#13 posted 09-18-2010 02:21 AM

great box!
my hat goes off to you sir :)

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#14 posted 09-18-2010 02:47 AM

Great job, I can only hope that my first will look as good!

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#15 posted 09-18-2010 02:54 AM

It looks like the first of many! It’s amazing how each one gives you ideas for the next. The Doug Stowe DVD is a great resource for the basic jigs and designs. Make a few for your wife. It’s a good investment!!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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