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Project by Chip posted 12-01-2010 03:16 AM 7489 views 35 times favorited 62 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m making my first cabinet (kinda Krenov style) and am pushing myself into a number of areas I’m not use to. Because of this I spend a fair amount of time wondering what to do next, and how to do it. Larger builds take more time and are more rewarding I guess, but I need quicker gratification too. So to relax myself when I get frustrated and need to think about the cabinet, I do something more familiar… build boxes.

This one (I call it “Balance”) was to see how detailed I could get with my tuned up band saw (and new blade) and still be fairly accurate. I resawed, which is new to me, and experimented with stuff like making the small mitered framing on the walnut handle and wrapping the maple grain continuously around the box. It was fun, relaxing and very good practice for me while I wrestle with the cabinet.

“Balance” is roughly 4.5”W x 5.5”H x 22”L made with a piece of maple I found in my bin that had some decent figure, and scraps of Walnut, Padauk and Holly sprinkled in the small checkerboard.

(I broke one of my photography lights halfway through shooting the pics so I tried to color correct a few. Even though it doesn’t look like it in some pics, the Maple is consistent coloring throughout the box. And the orange Padauk blew out when I tried to color correct for the Maple on a few pics. It’s best not to fool with Mother Nature.)

Thanks for looking… and as always, any comments/critiques are welcome.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#1 posted 12-01-2010 03:21 AM

Very nice box and definitely alot of detail. Looks like the bandsaw did the job…

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#2 posted 12-01-2010 03:32 AM

Hey Chip,
Very nice design and sweet finish…well done.

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#3 posted 12-01-2010 03:32 AM

Beautiful Box! Especially for just playing around.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 12-01-2010 03:48 AM

really nice looking box. I like all the color choices and crisp clear good joints.

-- Dave from Buffalo Grove

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#5 posted 12-01-2010 03:54 AM

Awe come on … don’t give me the “awe shucks, I had some spare time and some scraps” line! lol

In all seriousness … that’s absolutely gorgeous Chip … if this is any indication of what we can expect when the cabinet is done … I can’t wait to see it …

If you’re looking for a critique … I think it would be really interesting to see what this thing looked like if you replaced the the checkerboard pattern with some more long stripes (or even solid piece in the field on the legs) ... everything else about this box just screams to me … “check me out … I’m long and sexy with all these long lines and beautiful pin stripes” ... I do believe in contrast … but I think you have plenty of contrast just in your wood selection …

-- Lip's Dysfuncational Firewood Farm, South Bend, IN

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#6 posted 12-01-2010 03:55 AM

Very nice design and great craftmanship.

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#7 posted 12-01-2010 03:55 AM

It looks awesome ! So many details to get lost in : )
Your pictures look great even though your light broke.
What do you use it for ? I know you mentioned skill building , but does it have a purpose ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#8 posted 12-01-2010 04:00 AM

Now that is what I call a gorgeous box!!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#9 posted 12-01-2010 04:07 AM


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#10 posted 12-01-2010 04:16 AM

Chip a beautiful box. When are we going to meet?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#11 posted 12-01-2010 04:26 AM

If this is playing around, I can’t wait to see what happens when you get serious!

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

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#12 posted 12-01-2010 04:52 AM

all I can say is continue to play around, this is why I enjoy LJ’s just being able to view the work of others pushes us to to think outside the box and to better refine our abilitys to work the wood, wonderful design

-- Joe, Florida

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#13 posted 12-01-2010 04:54 AM

Plenty of color and a very neat design on this creative box. What type of blade did you use on re-sawing. I’ve been using a 1/2inch Timber Wolf blade and find it very productive. I recently received the Wood Slicer blade for a comparative evaluation between the two blade but have yet had the chance to use. Thank for posting you beautiful box and have a great holiday season…BC

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#14 posted 12-01-2010 06:25 AM

Thanks for the nice comments all.

Lip, this box sort of evolved. When that happens sometimes things get muddied up and ya lose sight of any original idea. So I know what you’re saying and probably should have just stuck with a single theme. It did become a hodgepodge of patterns, that’s for sure. Thanks for the input Lip!

Dusty, it has absolutely no purpose at all other then to put stuff in it. That’s kinda the reason I said I was playing around because I had no specific reason for the box. Thanks for the kind words!

Karson, I’m ready when you are. Just let me know.

Charlie, I’m serious about this damn cabinet and seem to keep screwing things up. Maybe I should just keep playing with boxes!

BC, I used a Timber Wolf and am very pleased with it. I hear lots of great stuff about the Wood Slicer so I would be very curious to hear your thoughts on the comparison. Thanks for the nice comment about the box and I hope you and yours have a wonderful holiday season also!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#15 posted 12-01-2010 06:51 AM

Awesome! Just playing around, huh? I love this piece.


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