The year of the box.

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Project by ericspaw posted 11-18-2010 03:21 AM 2007 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Every year I get distracted from my woodworking goal and end up doing something else. I was suppose to concentrate on using my hand tools this year, but instead I started making boxes. The nesting boxes were made from some leftover 4×4 from my workbench legs. Both the nesting and pencil box were done on a bandsaw. The two sliding top boxes were just traditional miter corner boxes. I am trying to learn this proportion thing out. My goal is to eventually step up to jewelry and stationery boxes. None of the boxes have finish, they were more practice. The pencil sharpener was an ebay purchase. you can’t find a self feeding sharpener anymore.

-- I keep cutting and it is still too short.

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#1 posted 11-18-2010 04:08 AM

They say practice makes perfect. I would say you have done enough practicing. They look great to me.

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#2 posted 11-18-2010 07:38 AM

I like the slide top boxes, nice work.

-- Tom D

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#3 posted 11-18-2010 02:17 PM

There’s nothing wrong with building Boxes… and there’s nothing wrong with your Boxes, my Friend, they look Great!!
Nice Work!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#4 posted 11-18-2010 03:34 PM

Nice collection of boxes you have there. I really like the pencil box. Pretty nifty…

I can so relate with the box thing. I originally planned on building furniture when I first got into woodwork. You know… Stuff like coffee tables, end tables, some chairs, entertainment centers, etc….

I wanted to find simple things to practice the basics on, and so I started building boxes to hone my fundamental skills. long story short I got the box bug, and find that to be my thing. So take this as a warning… They can be very addictive.

Look forward to seeing more. I always have a soft spot for a nice wood box….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#5 posted 12-12-2010 04:53 AM

Ok, so I am a little late in seeing these, but just did a search on bandsaw and came a cross them. Nice pieces I really like the pencil sharpener box. That old No.2 pencil makes a nice handle, glad to see it can be used for something other then scantron test.
I too will look forward to more projects.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#6 posted 01-02-2011 07:24 PM

Eric, wow, those are great boxes. I’m with the others in that the pencil box is my fav too. One thing I realized is that there’s always time (unless you’re making holiday gifts!) to drive off on all sorts of tangents. If you learn something new, it’s all worthwhile!

-- What? Me worry?!

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