Tissue box covers

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Project by Mrowell posted 12-05-2018 03:47 AM 1012 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Saw a posting boxguy put up a while back on tissue box covers and I thought it was a cool and unique idea. Finally got a reason and time to try making a couple as gifts for Christmas. I made three different ones using red oak, ash, and what I have been told is a local cherry (darker wood used on all three) for the sides. Then I used the cherry wood and maple for the tops. I didn’t have a good way to drill out the holes so I put the boxes in my Cole jaws and turned the hole away, this actually worked quite well (aside from not tightening it down enough one time, hence the reason the routed edge in the last picture is gone in the finished picture. I’ve put linseed oil on them to start and am going to buff a wax finish on next.

All comments welcome! If anyone has any idea what the darker wood is please let me know, I found it in the attic over my wife’s grandfathers shop after he passed away and have been saving it ever since.

-- Matt R

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#1 posted 12-05-2018 04:08 AM


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#2 posted 12-05-2018 04:30 AM

Nice Project & Well Done Matt!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#3 posted 12-05-2018 04:47 AM

Matt, thanks for the shout out. What a great box. I like your use of contrasting woods. That is a really unique way to turn the hole. The route on the sides around the top is a nice touch. You have found a very creative way to solve a woodworking problem by turning the hole. Nice work.

If others are interested this is a link to my tissue box posting. I used a Forstner bit to drill my holes. Rounding the edges of the holes with a router makes it easier to pull the Kleenex out of the hole. I found that it was easier to drill and round the holes before I attached the top to the sides. I can see that it may not work with Matt’s method of making the holes as you might cut into the faceplate.

Matt, as you have found these are fun to make and are great Christmas presents. I enjoyed seeing your box and reading about your solution to a problem. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 12-05-2018 03:00 PM

Good looking and nice idea with the turning.

-- Eric, Upstate South Carolina

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#5 posted 12-05-2018 06:48 PM

Very nice tissue boxes. I had to do a double looks like an urn I’m building only mine has round walnut hump on top rather than the hole!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 12-06-2018 12:29 AM

Thank you all for the kind words! I was going to use a Forstner bit but didn’t have one big enough and didn’t want to buy one just for these

-- Matt R

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#7 posted 12-06-2018 11:34 AM

Those are realy cool looking wood combinations. That top lid is awesome, I like the design.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 12-23-2018 12:08 AM

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