First Go at a Carved Box

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Project by SawMueller posted 11-20-2018 05:11 PM 1091 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been wanting to get around to trying a carved box for over a year, and I’m finally done-done with my first attempt. I used walnut and birdseye maple for the body, birdseye maple for the pull, splines and tray support, and flame box elder for the tray.

A lot of lessons learned, but overall, I’m pleasantly surprised with how it turned out. Thanks for taking a look!

-- Dylan in St. Louis -

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#1 posted 11-20-2018 05:12 PM

Forgot to mention, I finished with Danish oil, then 3 or 4 coats of wipe on poly.

-- Dylan in St. Louis -

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#2 posted 11-20-2018 05:28 PM

Color me impressed.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#3 posted 11-20-2018 05:42 PM

yeah id call it successful,nice work.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 11-20-2018 08:00 PM

Looks good. I have one on my to-do list for about 3 years now.
Still waiting on someone to post a video on the actual grinding/sanding technique.
I can make the box…......I just don’t want to butcher it afterward.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#5 posted 11-20-2018 08:32 PM

Great job, they are addictive.

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#6 posted 11-21-2018 12:51 AM

Nice carvings, great job.

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

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#7 posted 11-21-2018 02:11 AM

It’s really quite lovely! Was it carved with hand tools or power?

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#8 posted 11-21-2018 02:25 AM

Looks awesome. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 11-21-2018 03:50 AM

Dylan, nice work. I like the flow of your carvings. You have quite an array of wood colors. Hope you made all of the mess outside. Nice job on the photos. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 11-21-2018 04:16 AM

Very nice looking box, great work.

-- Tom D

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#11 posted 11-21-2018 11:21 AM

great looking box…well done!!!!!

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#12 posted 11-21-2018 11:23 AM

Nice work. I too have an itch to do one of those.

-- Petey

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#13 posted 11-21-2018 01:43 PM

It s really quite lovely! Was it carved with hand tools or power?

- Phil32

I used an angle grinder with a holey galahad first, then a dremel with sanding wheel, then LOTS of hand sanding.

-- Dylan in St. Louis -

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#14 posted 11-21-2018 03:06 PM

Great effort Dylan!

The wood combo is a classic and the deep carving really makes it all pop.

What are the dimensions (and side thickness)? I assume you placed the hinges before carving 8^)

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#15 posted 11-22-2018 01:33 AM

Looks great.

-- Gary, Florida

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