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Project by Randy63 posted 12-16-2010 09:42 PM 3792 views 10 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project post since joining Lumber Jocks. I have enjoyed watching the projects posted and reading many of the blogs. Due to some health issues I don’t spend near the time in the shop as I would like to in retirement. I have seen and enjoyed the Palm boxes that Andy has posted and they reminded of the boxes I was making some 15 to 20 years ago. I made these boxes in three different sizes the size shown being the small box.
The dimension of these small boxes is 1 -5/8” x 3-1/4” x 4-1/2”
These boxes are similiar to those that Andy is making now, as they are all but joints. I did nowever add 1/8” dowels to the joints just as an added protection from possible glue failure. The 1/8” brass rod hinge pin was covered with a dowel plug on the exterior of the box. Small strips of wood were added to the lid with the accent wood. I’ll post the other sizes I made of this type of box in another post.
At the time I made these boxes by the dozens and they sold quite well.
Photos: 1. Padauk and Red Oak, Walnut and Red Oak boxes 2. Boxes open 3. sides and backs of boxes 4. bottoms 5. Goncalo Alves and Wenge box 6. Same box as above opened

If anyone has questions regarding making these let me know.

“Ive added a blog giving details in making these:

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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#1 posted 12-16-2010 09:52 PM

Very nice looking boxes.

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#2 posted 12-16-2010 09:55 PM

Randy, you old devil, I knew you were holding out. I particularly like the rounding of the lift edge to open. Subtle and simple. Nice proportions and wood combinations. Many wood combinations detract from the overall product, but these are nice. Waiting to see the next batch. I’m jealous. Your lighting is better than mine too.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#3 posted 12-16-2010 10:01 PM

Nice, clean, contemporary look. I can see why they sold well!

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

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#4 posted 12-16-2010 10:43 PM

Very nice! I would love to see exactly how they are made.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#5 posted 12-16-2010 11:21 PM

Wow Randy, those are stunning.
You still got skills.

Nice photos too. Could you fill us in on how you shoot those?

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 12-16-2010 11:38 PM

Very sweet boxes! You really do some nice work and the photos are well done.
Thanks for posting these,

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#7 posted 12-17-2010 02:08 AM

Randy those are really awesome! If your other projects are anything like these…PLEASE KEEP POSTING!! :)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#8 posted 12-17-2010 10:45 AM

Nice boxes.

-- Jiri

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#9 posted 12-17-2010 02:32 PM

Nice job Randy! Very clean, elegant little boxes. I can see why they sold so well.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#10 posted 12-17-2010 03:21 PM

Yup….. All of the above….

Good stuff Randy! I’m going to have to keep an eye on you. I might just learn me something…lol. Thanks for sharing….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#11 posted 12-17-2010 04:15 PM

I second everything said above. Excellent boxes Randy!

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

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#12 posted 12-17-2010 04:49 PM

Nice boxes, considerately posted in one go. Sound and elegant.

For some reason I can’t abide the keying used on a lot of mitred boxes (for aesthetic reasons) but the dowels used here seem to compliment the butt joints perfectly.

Good post, Randy. Glad you came out of the shadows.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#13 posted 12-17-2010 10:07 PM

Thank you all for commenting! These are very simple type boxes but yet deliver some bit of attractiveness with most of that being from wood selection. Your best friend with this style of box is the 4×48 belt sander.
Steve, you asked about how I shoot the photos. Photography is my other hobby so I have gear others may not. However for these Using my Nikon dslr camera, I used a nikon speedlight (flash) off camera on a lightstand sending the light through a white umbrella about 90 deg. to the right of the boxe. I set the boxes on a piece of seamless white photography background paper and then a piece of white cardboard on the left of the boxes as a reflector. Had I been thinking better I would have used another flash at much less power on the left to lighten the shadows.

-- Randy, Oakdale, Ca.

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