Basic wooden box my third project since starting woodwork 2018

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Project by Markslawes posted 08-28-2018 05:38 PM 3082 views 2 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my third project since taking up woodwork. A box for my mum. I have used Oak and Ash which is the first time I ever used hardwood (wow it’s so expensive). It has taken me about 3 months of saturday afternoons when my wife allows me to skip going to the shops, visiting our parents and entertaining grandchildren. I really have great fun doing this as I have to think about what I am doing and learn from mistakes and retry. The smell of hardwood was an eye opener, I thought all wood smelt like pine… that was a pleasant surprise. I fashioned some ladybirds for inside the drawers as I think my mum will like that. I coloured them with sharpie pens before gluing them in. I coated everything with 3 coats of danish oil which was a mistake on the inside of the drawers as the sharpie ink bled very slightly.. but a hard lesson learned for next time. I hope you like my effort anyway.

-- If your going to your mums.... can I go in the shed ?

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#1 posted 08-28-2018 06:03 PM

That’s an awesome piece of work. Especially for your third project. Well done, sir.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 08-28-2018 06:05 PM

nicely done, looks awesome.

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities"

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#3 posted 08-28-2018 07:02 PM

Great work…

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#4 posted 08-28-2018 07:40 PM

That is one of the coolest things I have seen in a long time.
What a great idea!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#5 posted 08-28-2018 08:17 PM

OK – your profile says Markslawes, are you sure it’s not Babe Ruth, ‘cause you just hit a home run and most likely a grand slam !!

golly that is nice

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#6 posted 08-28-2018 08:42 PM

Thank you for all of your very kind comments. I really enjoyed making this and the fact it is for my elderly mum made the project very special. I am really looking forwards to giving it to her, I know it will be very emotional as it will bring back memories of her father and all the things he made her from his love of carpentry throughout her life. I feel that a little of my grandads love of woodwork has rubbed off on me and it has brought me incredible pleasure as I muddle my way through this learning curve.

I am also really please I found this website, I know I am going to learn a lot here and hopefully make lots of online friends

-- If your going to your mums.... can I go in the shed ?

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#7 posted 08-28-2018 10:13 PM

Third project eh, so where is the dolls house and garage, I want to see them as well no doubt they are Basic progects too!

Buying wood: Be carefull when starting out as you may not know of the bargains to be had about the place, but yes good quality wood is expensive, but it dosen’t have to be once you can work the market.

Dont forget to post projects 1 and 2.
Also try and avoid being part of the run of the mill members that post images sideways, as in fact it does not enhance your work.

I am off to look up what basic actually means in the dictonary as on face value all the boxes I make are possibly sub basic.

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 08-28-2018 10:28 PM

Third project ???
Holy guacamole Batman !!!
I like it.
Can’t wait to see what you come up with once you get some experience under your belt….LOL
Truly excellent work, thanks for sharing it.

-- Regards, Charlie in Rowlett, TX --------I talk to myself, because sometimes I need expert advice.---------

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#9 posted 08-28-2018 11:33 PM

Mark , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 08-28-2018 11:44 PM

Wow , very nice work, you are creative and talented, bravo.

-- andrek

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#11 posted 08-29-2018 12:23 AM

Super job on this project. Looks like a magic box ready to pop open. Well done.

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

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#12 posted 08-29-2018 01:16 AM

You can quit your day job.

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#13 posted 08-29-2018 01:39 AM

Flat out gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

-- Dylan in St. Louis -

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#14 posted 08-29-2018 05:31 AM

Awesome use of a cutting board. Third project yet, nice work

Thanks for posting, and congrats on your 3.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#15 posted 08-29-2018 07:41 AM

That is awesome!!!!!
Looking forward to your next project

-- The person who never made a mistake never made anything

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